UPDATED: Power Trickling Back on in Wilmington
Wilmington police unsure of cause.
Updated at 4:30 p.m.: Based on feedback on the Wilmington Patch Facebook page, the issue appears to be just about resolved.
Readers have been been pumping in updates on our statuses throughout the afternoon, and in recent minutes nearly everyone weighing in said their power has been restored.
Updated at 3:30 p.m.: Facebook followers and other Patch readers are reporting power is back on in Wilmington.
Some streets who have checked in as back up and running are Adams Street, Judith Road, McDonald Road, and Coral Street.
Updated at 2:15 p.m.: Reading Municipal Light Department Community Relations Manager Priscilla Gottwald passed the following information along to Wilmington Patch.
"At approximately 12:46, while an NSTAR crew was working on a de-energerized transmission line in Woburn, a pole fell on another NSTAR transmission line causing a major outage," said Gottwald. "RMLD residents and businesses in Wilmington, Reading, Lynnfield and North Reading fed by this NSTAR transmission line lost power. Surrounding towns of Tewksbury, Woburn, Stoneham and Billerica were also affected. NSTAR crews in Woburn and National Grid crews in Tewksbury are working on the problem and hope to have the power restored by 3:30 today."
Updated at 1:55 p.m.: Despite the power outages, the rest of the afternoon will go on as scheduled for Wilmington schools.
Superintendent of Schools Joanne Benton said the only impact on afternoon pick up is that traffic lights in town are out, though she's been told there will be police officers at major intersections.
Wilmington Middle School has a generator, Benton said, though the rest of the schools aren't as fortunate. Still, teachers have continued lessons throughout the afternoon.
"Luckily the sun's out," said Benton. "That's our saving grace."
Original Story: Wilmington residents are among those in the area without power on Wednesday afternoon, though the cause is not yet known.
At about 1 p.m., reports starting coming in from the Wilmington Patch Facebook page that power was out nearly everywhere in Wilmington. According to reports, Woburn, Lexington, Stoneham, and Reading are also without power.
Shortly after power went out, a dispatcher at the Wilmington Police Department said the department had "no idea" why the power was out.
RMLD's phone line was busy when Patch attempted to reach them.
Facebook follower Kerri St. Onge said Reading Municipal Light told her an NSTAR wire was the cause of the outage. Woburn Patch reported that NSTAR was replacing a "grid" when the power went down this afternoon, shortly before 1 p.m.
Power is slowing coming back in sections of Woburn, though as of about 1:30 p.m. Wilmington remained without power and RMLD said there is no estimate when the lights will be back on.
Check back for Wilmington Patch for details as they become available, and be sure to use the comments section below to help keep us updated on your power issues.