Scott Brown Tours Storm Damage in Scituate - NECN

Scott Brown Tours Storm Damage in Scituate



    (NECN: Alysha Palumbo - Scituate, MA) - Little by little the town of Scituate, Massachusetts is beginning to repair the damage left behind by the recent blizzard.

    But now the focus is turning to what went wrong - and many officials are pointing fingers at National Grid.

    Scituate Fire Chief Rick Judge said, "They dropped the ball during the storm and they've got to answer to that."

    Attorney General Martha Coakley agrees and she's called on the Department of Public Utilities to investigate National Grid's response to the storm.

    But Senator Scott Brown, who toured the devastation Thursday, said he understands that repairs in blizzard conditions can be difficult.

    Senator Brown said, "It's kind of hard to do some of the repair work when you have 40 or 50 mph winds obviously there's certain limitations where it comes to the environment and dealing with the response."

    Senator Brown and Senator Kerry's office both plan to instead focus their efforts on getting federal aid for the region.

    "Obviously I'm going to do whatever I can, work with the delegation to solve these non-partisan problems," said Sen. Brown.

    That's something residents cleaning up their homes are hoping for.

    Homeowner Randy Arseneau said, "The 60 foot breech in the sea wall, the next time we get a big storm, if they can't remediate that somehow that's potentially going to be a big issue."

    Right now the temporary fix is placing these large boulders left over from an earlier project in the hole, but it's not the long-term solution.

    Town administrator Patricia Vinchesi said, "There are large excavators that need to get in there and do it from the sea side because there's houses on the other side of the sea wall.  It's extremely labor intensive, time consuming and expensive."

    Vinchesi estimates the damage in the millions.

    Meanwhile, National Grid released a statement saying in part, "Within 36 hours of the storm ending, we restored service to more than 30,000 customers across the state....We utilized more than 600 crews and hundreds of other employees.  We will answer any questions the DPU may have, fully cooperate in the investigation and will work toward enhancing our emergency response plans."