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Impact of Sandy Still Felt in Wilmington Days Later

Reading Municipal Light Department hopes to restore power by Wednesday's end for most residents.

The list of homes without power in Wilmington is shrinking, but scattered power outages do remain in town two days after Hurricane Sandy hit.

According to Reading Municipal Light Department, the company is shooting to have all customers restored by Wednesday night. The 8 a.m. RMLD update did indicate, however, that some individual services may not be reconnected until Thursday.

“The RMLD crews and additional line crews will remain in the service territory, aiding in the restoration through Wedneday,” the update said.

RMLD did warn residents that any customers requiring an electrician or a carpenter will need to hire them before a final connection can be made by the electric company.

Roads that remain without power but are expected to be restored by Wednesday are: Arnold Road, Dorchester Street, Fredrick, Glen Street, Harvard Ave., Kiernan Road, Lopez Road, Park Ave., Park Street, Roberts Road, Shea Concrete, Terrace, and Woburn Street at Serena.

Areas with service issues that are expected to be repaired Thursday are Birch Street, Frederick, Grove Ave., Middlesex Ave., Salem Street and Parker Street.

Four roads are listed as having service issues, but RMLD was unable to provide an estimate on when service will be restored. Those roads are Butters Row #53, Glen Road #79, Mill Street #22 and Old Shawsheen Road #16.

Though curbside trash pick up did occur on Monday and Tuesday despite conditions, a press release from the town said yard waste collection may be slightly delayed due to the storm.

According to the release, he Yard Waste Collection Center on Old Main Street will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays through December 5, for yard waste and brush disposal.  Resident punch cards are available through the Collectors Office at Town Hall, for the use of the yard waste center.  Punch cards cost $15 and allow five vehicle trips to the facility per card.

Anyone with questions about yard waste collection or tree removal is encouraged to visit the town website or call the Department of Public Works at (978) 658-4481. For additional information regarding power service and outages, residents can call RMLD at (781) 944-1340.

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