Treee cleanup June 14Workers clear up fallen tree branches in East Arlington about 10 p.m. Friday, June 14./ Susan Stamps photo

UPDATED June 17: Arlington Public Works, Fire and Police personnel responded as needed in the aftermath of a severe thunderstorm that passed through town around 1:20 p.m. Friday, June 14.

There were  multiple road closures due to downed trees and powerlines. Eversource was onsite where needed.

The Arlington Police Department log for that day shows a dozen reports of trees being down.

 Crews in some cases were observed working past 10 p.m. Friday, said Susan Stamps of the town's Tree Committee.

Public Works personnel will continue to work as necessary; priority is being given to downed branches that are public-safety issues affecting sidewalks and roadways. Town officials say to call 911 to report downed wires and to always view all downed wires as though they were "live" electrical and to stay away from them. View a list of emergency phone numbers. 

More information on Friday's storm including a video shot in Arlington is available here >> showing damage on the 900 block of Mass. Ave. and assistance from neighboring Belmont's Fire Department. 

Clear skies and warm-to-extremely-hot temperatures now are expected all week. 

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With more than 3,000 storm drains in Arlington and more precipitation on the way, the town asks residents and business owners, if they can, to clear storm drains around their property to reduce the risk of localized flooding. They can also Adopt-a-Drain. 

 To assist in this cleanup, Public Works officials are asking residents, if they are able, to bag or bundle small branches for regular weekly curbside yard waste collection. For tree or large-limb removal from private property, contact a professional tree service. 
The Town of Arlington thanks everyone for their patience and cooperation as cleanup continues after this storm event. 

This news announcement was published early Friday evening June 14, 2024, based on information from the town, and updated later that night with a link to an article including an NECN video of downed trees and related damage. It was updated around dawn Saturday, June 15, with a photo and information from Tree Committee member Susan Stamps. It was updated Monday, June 17, to say that local police were notified Friday of a dozen trees being down that day.


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