Lynn works to restore power to 800 properties after flash flood

Lynn firefighters works to replace a storm drain cover that had been knocked out during the flooding on Commercial Street. (Spenser R. Hasak)

LYNN — Officials worked to restore power to more than 800 property owners after a flash flood washed through parts of the city. As the water rolled through, residents living along Boston Street from Franklin Street to the streets surrounding Sacred Heart Church in West Lynn were left in the dark.

City Emergency Management Director Paul Ricchi said a transformer problem and the necessity to de-energize electrical service because of the flooding forced city workers and National Grid employees to begin checking electrical service meters to make sure they are functioning and to ensure power can be restored.

Ricchi did not know how long the checks would take. Meters checks included homes on Fuller, Abbott, Cottage, Woodman, Court, Elizabeth, Linden and Morris streets as well as others in the vicinity of Barry Park.

Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy said initial emergency reports indicated only minor injuries were sustained during the flash flooding. Ricchi said a roof leaking at 413 Boston St. forced residents in six units to relocate, including six children.

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