The wind howled and the rain poured down as Hurricane Sandy swept into Chelsea and the neighboring communities on Monday leaving little damage. For residents, inconveniences were many as schools were closed for two days and about 15% of the city was without power at one time or another.
During the storm, city officials and emergency crews were ready to deal with any problems that ranged from downed tree limbs to flooding caused by clogged catch basins. There was a fire reported on Tudor Street that resulted from a tree that knocked down a power line as well as second fire in the Woodlawn section. Both fires caused minor damage. City officials did not open an emergency shelter and pegged the number of 911 calls as quadruple a normal Sunday. A telephone pole split during the storm causing Washington Ave. and Lash Street to be closed for almost two hours. City crews were busy on Tuesday just checking to make sure that everything in the City was in order.
“A Great job was done by all,” City Manager Jay Ash said on Tuesday.