Jamaica Plain: Morning After Storm Report

Jamaica Plain suffered tree damage during Monday's storm — and a big billboard was blown down — but wasn't hit as intensively as other parts of Boston.

Hurricane Sandy has come and gone — and it could've been a lot worse for JP.

Patch has asked the city for the numbers of calls that came in from our neighborhood. We'll add those as soon as we get them.

Citywide, the mayor's office fielded 1,065 reports. The numbers reflect the number of calls, not the number of incidents. In other words, there could be several calls about one incident. 

"Trees and downed wires were the two most reported because it was really a wind rather than a rain issue," a city spokeswoman said.

Boston-wide, 610 calls came in for trees. Dorchester was the hardest hit, followed by West Roxbury and Roxbury, the spokeswoman said. 

There were no injuries reported in the city and only two reports of residential or commercial flooding. Although the mayor's office received 40 reports of roadway flooding, as of Tuesday morning there is no significant flooding that is preventing people from traveling.

One incident that could have caused severe injuries had people been out on the sidewalk came as storm winds ripped down a large billboard from atop a row of Forest Hills businesses.

Although up to 2 percent of Boston was without power last night, NSTAR was quick to respond and as of 8 a.m. Tuesday it reported that 181 Boston households, or .65 percent of its Boston customers, remained without power. 

If you do have to remove trees and limbs from your property, the JP Gazette posted an important reminder. Our neighborhood is still under restrictions about firewood because of the tree-killing Asian Longhorned Beetle. Visit the Gazette's story for details on how to hire a properly certified contractor or dispose of the limbs according to city guidelines.


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