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Officials, residents blast National Grid response

DPU sponsors public hearing in Brookfield on October snowstorm

National Grid-Massachusetts President Marcy Reed talks with Sturbridge Selectmen Chairman Thomas Creamer following the Dec. 13 public hearing in Brookfield on her company’s response to Winter Storm Alfred. David Dore. (click for larger version)
December 18, 2011
BROOKFIELD — Residents and officials from several local communities, including Sturbridge and Holland, attended a state hearing Tuesday, Dec. 13 to describe their reactions to National Grid's response following the Oct. 29 snowstorm.

The hearing at Brookfield Town Hall was sponsored by the state Department of Public Utilities. Sturbridge Selectmen Chairman Thomas Creamer and Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski were present, as well as Holland Selectmen Chairman James Wettlaufer, state Sens. Stephen Brewer (D-Barre) and Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge), representatives for state Rep. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) and the attorney general's office, and about three dozen residents and officials from various towns.

Creamer said National Grid's response to Winter Storm Alfred was "disorganized, disjointed, disconnected and at times irrational."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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