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Blandford begins cleanup following Hurricane Sandy

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BLANDFORD, MA (WSHM) -

Hurricane Sandy's high winds knocked down trees and power lines throughout the town of Blandford, in fact the Hilltown was one of the hardest hit areas in Western Mass.

"I came outside and I saw the transformer was broken right off the top of the telephone pole," said Blandford resident Nathan Bowers.

Like many Blandford residents, Bowers came out of his home after Monday night's heavy winds to discover quite a bit of damage outside.

"Just to see it makes you scared really," said Bowers. "It's not normal to see a transformer dangling a few feet off of the ground."

As of Monday morning more than 90 percent of the town was without power.

"It was really windy last night," said Blandford resident Chris Strong. "Around eight o'clock I lost my power."

Tuesday, crews got to work early cleaning up the roadways and starting to restore power. At this point, Western Mass Electric Company is estimating that power will be restored to 99 percent of people by tomorrow night.

"We want it back pretty bad because although it has been warm, we are concerned about it getting cold at night. And while we do have a generator, it doesn't hold a lot of gas, so we are going to have to keep going out and getting more and we are concerned about gas stations running out," said Blandford resident Karyn Brown.

In the meantime, many residents spent their day cleaning up and making sure they have the supplies they need as they continue on without power. Tuesday morning, the owner of the Blandford General Store decided to open even though there wasn't any power.

"We're just trying to stay open and make it convenient for all of the residents," said Blanford General Store owner Roland Deblos.

A generator was used to power the essentials and many people stopped in to get some coffee or to pick up those last minute items they forgot to buy before the storm hit.

"I was surprised how many people were in," said Deblos.

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