MELROSE — A hard-charging nor’easter kept public safety and public works crews busy last week, with high winds snapping tree limbs and a whipping rain causing various neighborhoods and homes to take on water.
Police began getting calls Wednesday, October 22, around 4 p.m. The first was for a tree branch down on wires on North Cedar Park at 4:05 p.m. Firefighters and National Grid representatives were notified.
Another limb was reported down on Hesseltine Avenue at 5:12 p.m. The limb, a small one, was moved to the side of the road.
At 6:10 p.m. a Malvern Street resident said a tree branch had fallen on her house. The DPW responded.
A Laurel Street homeowner repoted at 6:25 p.m. that his side door had been blown open by the wind.
A tree came down on Beech Avenue sometime before 6:42 p.m.
A tree was reported down at the intersection of Perkins Street and Warwick Road at 7:20 p.m.
Power was reported out in the Nordic Way area October 22 around 7:25 p.m. One resident called police saying he was fearful of possible “nefarious activity.”
An Upham Street resident expressed concern that a pole in front of her house was about to fall at 7:40 p.m.
A motorist on Morgan Street said a construction barrel was blown into her car by high winds and caused damage sometime before 8 p.m.
A tree was reported down on Porter Street at 8:21 p.m., the same time police were told a limb was down across a driveway on Sears Avenue. The DPW was notified of both instances.
A Pratt Street resident reported a tree down at 8:46 p.m.
A wire was reported down on Burnett Street at 8:48 p.m.
A Porter Street resident called police around 9:15 p.m. reported the remainder of a damaged tree had fallen and was blocking the roadway.
Tree limbs were down at the corner of Lincoln and East Emerson streets around 9:20 p.m.
Two separate calls were received by police regarding a tree down in the middle of Swains Pond Avenue around 9:20 p.m.
A tree was down on Derby Street at 10:13 p.m.
A Dyer Avenue resident reported a tree limb had fallen onto a house at 10:15 p.m.
At 5:15 a.m. Thursday, October 23, police received multiple calls of street flooding and downed branches all around the city.
Just before 10 a.m., a tree limb and wires were reportred down on Stillman Road.
At 11:18 a.m., a Hunts Terrace resident reported hearing an explosion followed by a power outage.
A downed limb was reported blocking a sidewalk on West Wyoming Avenue at 11:22 a.m.