Hull Impressed With Town Response to Sandy

Town Manager Jeff Hull said he will likely come to a decision on Tuesday afternoon after speaking with Police Chief Michael Begonis.

Updated at 4:25 p.m.: The town has confirmed that a decision has been bade about Trick or Treating.

The Halloween tradition will go on as planned on Wednesday evening.

Original Story: Town Manager Jeff Hull said no decision has been made about Wednesday’s scheduled Trick or Treating in Wilmington as crews continue to work on Tuesday to clean up damage from Hurricane Sandy.

“At this point, I don’t have a definite answer,” said Hull, who added that he will likely make the decision later today after speaking with Police Chief Michael Begonis.

Reading Municipal Light Department, meanwhile, provided customers with an afternoon update as they continue to work on downed trees and wires.

According to the RMLD update, in some cases power may be out until Thursday. But Public Relations Manager Priscilla Gottwald said the Shawsheen Ave. area of about 350 customers currently in the dark will likely be restored by about 5 p.m.

“RMLD has started making progress on the restoration effort with its own crews and the additional line crews we have brought in for mutual aid,” the RMLD update said. “Late this afternoon, we will begin to identify the restoration times for customers without power.”

Hull said he was impressed with the hard work of all the departments in Wilmington. He added that RMLD crews have been responsive since the storm hit.

“From everything reported to me, it seems like they’re being as responsive as they can be,” said Hull. “It’s going to be an ongoing process, and I’m guessing it’ll probably be a week and a half or two weeks before we can really clear out a lot of these areas completely.”

According to the new Town Manager, town buildings were spared of significant damage. Just one building suffered a broken window, but that was the only damage done by Hurricane Sandy.

“Certainly when you consider what we’re seeing in other regions, I think we were fortunate in that the damage was not as significant,” said Hull.


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