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PEPPERELL — As many as 600 homes lost electricity in multiple outages, and downed trees closed roads, in the aftermath of the ice storm that settled in Jan. 15, according to National Grid reports and the Pepperell Highway Department.

The longest lasting power outage was between 2:47 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 and 4 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 over an unspecified area of town.

The selectmen’s office received reports from National Grid all day Monday, town administrator Robert Hanson said. The work done last summer and fall by National Grid contractors to remove diseased and weak trees along Main Street’s traditionally hard-hit power lines seemed to have paid off.

Highway Superintendent Peter Shattuck agreed as far as the Main Street area is concerned but said the storm caused problems on many of the more rural roads.

“Where they focused (on Main Street) it helped but Mother Nature has her way,” Shattuck said. “We’ll be canvassing the town working on downed trees one street at a time. I estimate it will take about a week to clear.”

Highway workers were clearing North Street early Wednesday morning. Shattuck said he had seen as many as three National Grid repair vehicles in Pepperell Tuesday night.

Outages and the number of electric customers affected (when specified by National Grid) occurred in the following areas Monday, Jan. 15:

* Maple Street, two hour outage, 100 residences affected.

* Herget, Parkwood drives, Haskell and Oakland roads, two hour outage at 4:12 p.m., 120 residences affected.

* Brookline Street, Seminole and Simonne drives, Algonquin Road, 10:29 a.m. to 8:40 p.m., 171 residences.

* Park, Heald, West, Chestnut, Sheffield, Plainfield, Laurel streets and Palmer Road, six hours.

* Townsend, Orion roads, Mason, Jewett, Mt. Lebanon, Shirley, Willow streets, and Celestial Way, six hours.

* Maple and Chestnut Streets, 10:29 a.m., 208 residences.

* 2:30 p.m., no location specified, 120 residences.

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