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Hurricane Sandy: Wilmington Info Center

See a tree down in your neighborhood? Notice a road is flooded? Just saw a store clerk upload a pallet of fresh batteries? Please use this story on Wilmington Patch to help out your neighbors get through Hurricane Sandy with ease.

Updated Tuesday at 5:36 a.m.: Wilmington Public Schools are closed for a second straight day as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Just before 5 a.m., Superintendent of Schools Joanne Benton sent out an e-mail confirming the decision.

"Wilmington is closing today," said Benton. "Wires (are) still down and some roads closed."

Original Story: As we hunker down to ride out whatever Hurricane Sandy does or doesn't bring, we want to make sure that Wilmington stays connected. For live updates during the storm, be sure to download our App for your smartphone or tablet and 'like' Wilmington Patch on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

As you send us messages through social media and email (matthew.schooley@patch.com), we’ll make sure the information is added here to this story in the comments.

If you notice wires down or a tree across the road, please alert authorities and then let us know so we can spread the word quickly. You can comment right on this story to make sure readers know what’s going on in your neighborhood.

In case the power does go out, you can share info about where to find items like water and batteries and who has gotten the latest delivery by commenting here.

Wilmington Patch is all about connecting neighbors and helping neighbors so we hope you’ll find this information hub helpful as we brave the storm together. Stay safe Wilmington!

News:

Power outage update from RMLD at 3 p.m.:

"The Wilmington outage affects the following large area: Richmond, Shawsheen, Hopkins, Lake, Nichols, Dorchester, Kendall, Aldrich and all surrounding streets.  Most of the larger area will be restored by 6:00 pm with the area of Shawsheen Ave., Reed, Harold and Pouliot Place restored thereafter by approximately 9:30 pm."

The current storm:

  • Rt. 129 Closed as Falling Tree Traps Truck Driver
  • Sandy Closes Wilmington Town Offices Monday Afternoon
  • PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy in Wilmington
  • RMLD Sets Plan for Possible Outages
  • MBTA to Shut Down Service at 2 p.m. Monday Due to Sandy
  • Hurricane Sandy: Latest Track and What to Expect
  • Track the storm's path over your address with the Weather Underground's Wundermap tool. 
  • Gov. Patrick: Stay Home If You Can
  • Hurricane Sandy's Local Wrath Expected Monday Morning
  • Wilmington Public Schools Closed on Monday

State of Emergency:

  • Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency for Massachusetts and called up the National Guard.

Service interruptions:

Cancellations and Closings:

  • Town offices were open to being the day, but as of 2 p.m. all employees were sent home for the day
  • Wilmington Public Schools are closed Monday. 
  • MBTA service will shut down at 2 p.m. on Monday as officials urge residents to adjust travel plans accordingly. For MBTA service updates or alerts, visit The MBTA's website or follow them on Twitter. Customers interested in receiving text or e-mail updates may sign up for T-Alerts
  • E-mail your cancellations and reports from around the town to matthew.schooley@patch.com or post them in the comments below.

Trash and Recycling Pickup:

  • Monday's Trash/Recycling/Yard Waste pickup will continue as scheduled. Board of Selectmen chairman Mike Newhouse told Wilmington Patch on Sunday night that garbage pickup will take first priority. Any yard waste that workers can not get to on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday.

In case of emergency:

Important Numbers:

Lux October 28, 2012 at 06:42 PM
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John Bonish October 29, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Just got in from Market Basket. Still open with plenty of essentials and it wasn't too busy.

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