Wareham Selectmen offer praise for storm response

Mar 7, 2018

On Tuesday, Selectmen praised the efforts of public safety officials and Eversource crews that worked during and after a March 2 nor’easter that brought widespread damage to Wareham.

“We’re all on the same page here, appreciating everybody for their response,” said Chair Peter Teitelbaum.

Reading a statement from Police Chief Kevin Walsh, Teitelbaum noted that officers responded to 345 incidents from March 2 to March 4. Those incidents ranged from the life-threatening to minor issues and included the “usual, unusual” calls, according to Walsh.

“Wareham Police were up to the task and provided service to the best of our abilities,” according to Walsh's the statement.

Selectman Patrick Tropeano credited Eversource crews for quickly restoring power, despite 99 percent of Wareham being dark at the height of the storm.

“This was catastrophic,” said Tropeano. “They got [the power] up and running in two days, by and large, and they did a whale of a job. The wind was still blowing and they were out there.”

Eversource spokesman Michael Durand noted that thousands of crews from across the region and beyond were called in for the rapid restoration.

“We have thousands of workers dedicated to this effort. That includes members of our own three-state, 8,000 employee staff, and hundreds of lineworkers and tree crews from as far away as Canada and the mid-West,” said Durand.

The storm downed trees and electrical wires across townforced the tear down of a boat storage facility in East Wareham and resulted in an Onset firefighter sustaining critical injuries while directing traffic away from debris on Cranberry Highway.