School, Trick-or-Treating Whited Out After October Storm

A comfort shelter is opening at Lexington High School and officials will re-evaluate the situation this evening, but suggestions Sunday afternoon included cancelling school and trick-or-treating tomorrow.

The October storm stopped long ago, but its impact could last for another day or more here in Lexington.

School has been cancelled for Monday, Oct. 31 and the Lexington Police Department is strongly encouraging parents to keep their kids home for Halloween after an unusually early snowstorm knocked down trees, wires and traffic signals around town.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, six of the towns schools, plus the district administration building were still without power, according to selectmen Chairman Hank Manz, who attended emergency planning meetings earlier today.

Late Sunday, the Lexington Retailers Association made the call to postpone its annual Trick-or-Treat with Lexington Businesses event after the Board of Selectmen declared a State of Emergency and many participating businesses realized they'd be closed on Monday.

By midafternoon sunday 71 percent of customers in Lexington were without power, many roads remained blocked, traffic signals were out and wires down around town. The widespread power outages led to the Board of Selectmen's declaration of a State of Emergency for the town.

A comfort station opened at 5 p.m. Sunday night at and further evaluation was expected to take place about 7 p.m. tonight to determine if an all-night shelter will be needed.

According to Manz, cancelling school tomorrow would free up crossing guards and detail officers to cover intersections where signals aren’t working. 

A private tree contractor has been brought on to assist the with its cleanup, Manz said.

William sweeney October 31, 2011 at 10:25 AM
Why not reschedule trick or teat for Friday night versus not having it at all? The kids wait all year for it. Encouraging kids not to go out tonight just leads to confusion
ita October 31, 2011 at 12:29 PM
It's just stupid to cancel trick or treating altogether. Why not reschedule it to some other date, when everything's cleared up? A lot of other towns and communities are doing that.
Hank Manz October 31, 2011 at 12:50 PM
It is hard to reschedule the event when it is not clear when power will be restored and the streets and sidewalks made safe. Once the lights start coming on and once some of the debris disappears, then let's think about a new date. Sunday night, as I walked and biked around town, I found just one traffic signal working and on Adams Street I was surprised by a dangling wire just above my head. We tend to think of NStar service as the only source of down wires, but there are other companies like the cable providers in the mix and it will be awhile before everything is back to normal.
Clare Sweeney October 31, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Even if there is no date set, I wish the town would officially state that it plans to reschedule. We have power in our neighborhood and everything looks fine...it is going to be hard to keep my children home only to have them hand out candy to the kids that do go out (and there will be some)
Alan K November 01, 2011 at 01:42 PM
On Grove Street across from Estabrook school power came on about 8pm. It was definitely unsafe to be on foot after dark and we had no trick-or-treaters. Kids may be disapointed but this was a good, smart call.
Patrick Ball (Editor) November 01, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Clare, I'm sorry for not addressing your comment earlier. Although the town of Lexington does not, as some other towns do, officially designate trick-or-treating hours, officials do plan to make a mid-week announcement about when they'll feel it's safe to trick-or-treat in town.


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