Wind Downs Trees, Powerlines, And Tears A Roof Off In Arlington

ARLINGTON, MA – A portion of the roof of a building has blown off on Mill Street, according to Arlington Police and Fire radio dispatches. Police have blocked off the area and officials are in the process of shutting down power to the top floor units, as water has begun leaking into them.

As the winds picked up across the region during the Friday recordbreaking storm, folks in Arlington are seeing the effects. Police and fire responded to a number of trees down in the roadways on powerlines, at 5:30 p.m. police got a call about a tree that had fallen onto a house on Hathway Circle.

“All told between 12 and 18 calls for limbs or wires down,” said Captain Richard Flyn of the Arlington Police Department at 2 p.m. “There is a good size tree they’re working on clearing up at Ronald Road at Washington Street.”

A number of roads were blocked off and folks reported they had to stay alert and reroute, somtimes multiple times in order to avoid fallen trees.

Still there was only 63 reports of a power outage, according to Eversource.

Flynn said as the trees get saturated they get heavier and as the winds pick up they can do a bit more damage. He advised folks to use caution driving around and about near trees especially as the weather gets worse.

One big tree snapped on corner of Oak Hill Dr and Saratoga this morning. Town crews had it cleaned up most of it by noon, according to one resident on the Arlington list. A tree fell across Gray and Highland streets this afternoon and crews were out in the rain working to take care of it, another resident posted.

Meanwhile Police and Fire Radio dispatch reported two trees on fire.

“Please use caution if you are out today,” the department tweeted out.

A crew checks out a fallen tree on Gray Street. Photo courtesy Lindsay Pacheco
Gray st. & Highland Ave. courtesy photo Cynthia Doyle taken around 3:30 p.m.

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Gray street in the area of walnut terrace is closed due to a tree and power lines blocking the street.— Arlington, MA Police (@ArlingtonMAPD) March 2, 2018

Photo courtesy Arlington Police Department

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