Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Hurricane Irene tore through Boston and ripped up West Roxbury a year ago today.
A year ago Hurricane Irene ripped through the Northeast damaging trees, knocking down wires, and causing major problems for many of us. West Roxbury was hit hard last year, with many tress being knocked down across the neighborhood. Here are some of the photos from last year's destruction.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Irene wreaked havoc at home, but gave me some some Pacific playtime after talking to Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, and Steven Soderbergh.
My latest trip to the West Coast was supposed to be a simple but exhausting one. Fly out Friday morning, see the movie “Contagion” Friday night, interview the cast and director Saturday morning, fly home Saturday afternoon. But things don’t always go as planned. There was this event called Hurricane Irene that got in the way. I did see the movie, and liked it. It’s a slick and scary horror film about a virus that starts wiping out the world’s population, with no cure in sight. And I got some good interviews. Here are a couple of bits from them: Matt Damon, on being ready for real-life disasters: “After the Northridge quake, I put a flashlight by my bed for like two weeks and then forgot about it.” Laurence Fishburne, on being worried about…
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Several areas of West Roxbury and surrounding neighborhoods are still without power.
For those West Roxbury residents who lost their power on Sunday as the result of Tropical Storm Irene passing through the neighborhood, and still remain without power, how long is the food stored in your refrigerator or freezer still safe to eat before you have to discard it? Power outages were reported all throughout Boston, including in West Roxbury, with parts of Temple Street, Sanborn Avenue, Grove Terrace and more, being without power. Nstar line crews are continually working to restore service throughout the Commonwealth. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service prepared a fact sheet for keeping food safe during an emergency, including losing power. The USDA says to "keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as …
Monday, August 29, 2011
A roundup of the region's experience with and response to Hurricane Irene.
Check out your local Patch site for information about Hurricane Irene as it relates specifically to your town. A sampling of articles and images featured in today's PatchCast is below.
Out-of-pocket costs often higher for hurricanes than other kinds of damage.
Massachusetts residents whose property is damaged by Hurricane Irene may discover they’ll be paying more for repairs than expected. The Associated Press reports that most homeowner insurance policies include a deductible that’s typically $500 to $1,000, but out-of-pocket expenses for hurricane damages can be much higher. “In 18 states on the East and Gulf coasts, insurers are allowed to include hurricane deductibles in homeowners policies," the AP reported. "These amounts apply only to hurricane-caused damage, and typically range from 1 percent to 5 percent of the insured value of a home. Deductibles may be higher in some coastal areas. For example, a policyholder whose home is insured for $200,000 with a 2 percent hurricane deductible …
Five different Boston Fire Department Engine companies were working in West Roxbury responding to calls. Clean-up will continue for days.
West Roxbury residents started recovering from Hurricane Irene, which blasted the neighborhood with tropical storm winds. One could see limbs, leaves and branches everywhere on a a ride through residential neighborhoods today. Residents were continuing to send their storm-related photos to West Roxbury Patch today. Also check out the Live Eye on Irene Blog. Boston Firefighter Kevin Harrison showed off the stack of printed out reports at the Centre Street Fire Station. He said the printer ran out of ink from the abnormally high amount of calls due to the storm. He estimated they responded to more than 40 calls. "Five different companies were in West Roxbury." Normally there are just two Engine 55 and 30. Boston Firefighter Arthur Brooks …
Some storm-related info that may be helpful for you.
"Five Things You Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. Check back later for more, and let us know what you think of the five things in the comments section.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
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What's your street look like? West Roxbury Patch readers are submitting photos of their felled tree limbs, downed wires and more. "Paws" O'Brien emailed: "Temple Street is blocked off between Welland (Road) and Sherbrook (Street). A tree plus wires came down." Hemlock Road's Catherine Turcotte sent in photos of her damaged grill and fallen limbs on her home. Said Turcotte via email, "We had a large tree uproot and fall over. It was, I'll say, 'skimming; the house until another large gust of wind came by and it fell over completely. It fits just perfectly in our small back yard. We also had a large pine branch come down and crush the top of our grill. My husband is an officer in E-5 and has been to call after call of serious damage, so we…
Irene makes herself known in West Roxbury, producing varying levels of damage as the storm makes its way through the Commonwealth.
Early Sunday morning and afternoon, West Roxbury felt the strength of Hurricane Irene. Roads throughout the community saw varying levels of damage with roadways littered with debris from trees. Unfortunately, homes in the community saw serious damage from the high winds Irene produced. Local authorities were present clearing roads, inspecting trees and power lines. Participate in the Live Eye on Irene Blog and submit your comments, photos, stories and more...
Residents report they are without electricity on parts of Temple Street and Sanborn Avenue. Call the Mayor's 24-hour hotline at 617-635-4500 to report downed trees, outages and more.
West Roxbury residents on West Roxbury Patch's Facebook page reported that they are without power on parts of Temple Street and Sanborn Avenue. Kristie Banks McManus commented, "Power is out on parts of Temple and Sanborn ~ lots of trees down :(" But Christa Gillis commented that, "The beginning of temple st still has power." You can report power outages, downed limbs and more to the Mayor's 24-hour hotline at 617-635-4500.