Danvers Assists Taunton in Irene Aftermath
Danvers went to Taunton, MA on Sunday evening to help with Hurricane Irene damage.
In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, Danvers Electric employees made their way down to Taunton, Mass. to help with the storm damage.
Mutual aid assistance was coordinated through the Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA) to aid sister communities in times of disaster and need.
“Once any storm damage is restored and the employees and the system are secure, Danvers gladly offers its resources to support fellow utilities in restoring power to their communities,” said Coleen O’Brien-Pitts, utility director.
On Sunday night two trucks went to Taunton, including crew members: Head Lineman - Brian Cole, Acting Head Lineman - Kevin Donnelly, 2nd Class Lineman - Matt McDonough, and 2nd Class Lineman - Alex Hardy to assist with power restoration.
The volunteers are expected back in Danvers tonight.
"Danvers Electric prides itself on having a reliable system,” said O’Brien-Pitts. "We prepared our staff and resources in anticipation of the hurricane and were able to restore power back to our residents in a timely manner."
Danvers fared well in comparison to other communities during Tropical Storm Irene. Fire Chief Kevin Farrell said there was a small fire, limbs down, but overall nothing "too significant."
"We were very fortunate that damage is Danvers was somewhat minimal," said Town Manager Wayne Marquis.