Saturday, February 9, 2013
Police, town-owned electric utility report relatively quiet night.
Just because there are no private vehicles on Belmont streets due to the blizzard coming through town yesterday and town, it doesn't mean residents should think they own the roads, said Belmont Police Lt. Richard Santangelo. "We have reports of a lot of people walking round along the roads. What they don't understand is that the town plows are traveling fairly fast on the streets and they aren't expecting pedestrians," said Santangelo, updating what has been a busy night for Belmont Police. In fact, "since nothing is opening today, residents should stay indoors," said Santangleo. Over at the Belmont Municipal Light Department, it's been fairly quiet, according to spokesperson Jennifer Santoro. As of 4 a.m., (Saturday Feb. 9), Belmont …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
'Lights out' has a different meaning for about 400 residents.
It's winter, it's snowed and that combination assisted in knocking the lights out in Belmont for about five percent of customers of the Belmont Municipal Light Department on Sunday, Jan. 6. The power outage occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. and was concentrated in the Waverley Square area, according to the Light Department's Jennifer Santoro, lasting for about 90 minutes for some but the majority of customers affected had their power restored within the first 30 minutes. The blackout, which affected a little more than 400 customers, was caused when an underground cable failed.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
More than 50 trees fell with more than a dozen of trees remain on residential homes.
The residents along Orchard Street near the intersection of Common Street thought themselves quite fortunate when around noon Monday, Oct. 29 at the beginning of the gale force winds from Hurricane Sandy, a tall and large evergreen tree truck snapped near its base but missed landing onto neighboring houses or cars. "We all went inside thinking how lucky we were. Then, at 3:30 p.m. we heard this 'boom'," said a local resident the next day. Outside, a second large tree slammed into overhanging electrical and phone wires bringing the light pole crashing onto the street, creating a barrier of branches, trunk, poles and live wires across Orchard. Eighteen hours later, as the sun began peeking out for the first time in two days, neighbors came …
Monday, October 29, 2012
With state and national authorities expecting massive electrical outages, the Belmont Municipal Light Department has a list of procedures to follow when the lights go out and come back on.
Read this while you still can. With many national and state forecasters and government officials predicting a record number of power outages up and down the east coast including here in Belmont, the local electrical utility, the Belmont Municipal Light Department has issued a procedure list if or when the lights go out. During An Outage Should an outage occur, call the Light Department at 617‐993‐2800. Don’t call 911 to ask about the power outage. Check the neighborhood to see if everyone is without power and then call BMLD at 617‐993‐2800 to report the outage. • Stay indoors, but if you do need to go out, use extreme caution, especially on roads without working traffic signals. Be cautious of any downed power lines – they may be live. • …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Expects quick response to any power outage as utility serves only Belmont.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Due to the anticipated severity of Hurricane Sandy, the approximent 10,000 Belmont Municipal Light Department customers may experience power interruptions and outages, Jim Palmer, BMLD general manager said today, Oct. 26 as the so-called "Franken-storm" continues up the east coast of the United States. Palmer said as the storm approaches, BMLD personnel will be available to handle any emergency power situation that may occur as a result of the potential hurricane force winds and heavy rain. BMLD crews will address these emergencies as soon as it is safe to do so to minimize any inconvenience to customers, said Palmer, adding that each situation will be addressed as quickly and as safely as possible without jeopardizing line crews. "Since …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday's outage effects many in Belmont.
A faulty underground cable caused a wide-spread outage in the eastern slope of Belmont Hill and between Pleasant and Cross streets Wednesday night. The cable failed just after 10:05 p.m., Sept. 19, said Jennifer Santoro, marketing representative with the Belmont Municipal Light Department, the town's electrical utility. It took about 75 minutes before power was restored to all customers by 11:20 p.m. At its peak, the outage impacted about 400 home customers or about five percent of all customers. "The majority of the effected customers – about 300 – power was restored within 1 hour; the remaining 100 customers had their power restored 15 minutes later," said Santoro.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Gusts up to 55 mph will reach Belmont around 8 p.m. and last the night. Likelihood of down trees, branches leading to power outages.
If you left your garbage cans out this morning, get them inside as soon as you can or they could be in Arlington by tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service has issued a strong wind advisory for Belmont and the rest of the state beginning at 4 p.m. and remain in effect until Wednesday morning. Strong steady winds will sweep into Belmont by 8 p.m. and last until just before daybreak. Residents can expect strong and possibly damaging winds with gusts from the South reaching 45 to 55 mph. The stongest winds will be at higher elevations such as the top of Belmont Hill and near south facing coastal areas. Winds of this strength and duration can bring down trees and break off large branches which could result in power outages. If the …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Nearly 2,000 homes now equipped with two-way communications recording device. Yet the meters have met opposition elsewhere due to privacy and issued
Nearly one in five Belmont Municipal Light Department customers is now having their electrical consumption recorded by a "smart meter" which the utility has been installing since the beginning of the year, according to department officials. BMLD General Manager Jim Palmer told the Light Department Advisory Board at its Monday, July 23 meeting, that 2,000 meters – which have the ability to relay electrical consumption use to the department on an almost immediate and constant basis – have been quietly placed by crews in residential and commercial buildings since Jan. 1. The new devices – which have the capability to enable two-way communications between BMLD headquarters on Prince Street – have been replacing the most antiquated analog …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Conserve while staying cool, advises Belmont's utility.
With Belmont in the middle of a heat wave, with temperatures soaring into the high 90s today, Belmont Municipal Light Department encourages customers to continue to conserve energy by rescheduling and reducing their electrical consumption whenever possible. The Light Department will continue to do its part by monitoring, maintaining and transferring the load during times of peak consumption. Residents can reduce consumption with simple measures such as turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, closing window shades or blinds, and shutting down electronics that are not in use. Rescheduling operation of appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and pool filters to later in the evening or early in the morning can help prevent electrical …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Several hundred customers celebrate July 4th in the dark for an hour.
Several hundred customers of the Belmont Municipal Light Department lost power the July 4th afternoon when a transformer caught fire at 5:25 p.m. on Oxford Street. The resulting outage was not created by too much demand of electricity as temperatures reached the high 80s with high humidity. Belmont Engine 2 arrived to find the fire had self extinguished and was smoldering. The Harvard Lawn neighborhood was the most impacted. The Municipal Light Department requested and responded to the scene. Within the hour, power was restored for residents to jump start their air conditioning.