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Big tree falls, knocking out power to thousands in Lowell neighborhood

Here's a big tree that came down Wednesday on Hildreth St. in Lowell.
Here's a big tree that came down Wednesday on Hildreth St. in Lowell.LPD

A large tree fell on a Lowell street Wednesday, knocking out power for thousands of city residents and rendering part of a road impassable for several hours, authorities said.

Lowell police confirmed via Twitter shortly after 9:50 a.m. that the tree had come down, and authorities included a photo of the felled tree as it rested across Hildreth Street, with damaged powerlines clearly visible, as well as a utility pole leaning precariously to one side.

“Traffic Alert: Please avoid Hildreth St near Richardson St and Bunker Hill,” cops tweeted. “It will be impassable for several hours due to tree down.”

The mishap also affected the electrical grid.

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The city tweeted from its official account just before 11 a.m. that 3,000 customers were without power “in the Centralville area due to downed utility poles and power lines. LPD & LFD are on scene and coordinating with National Grid.”

At 1:30 p.m., the city said in a follow-up tweet that the utility “was able to restore service to a majority of customers. Around 150 still without power in the immediate area of Hildreth St. Crews on scene working. Estimated Restoration 2AM.”

As of Wednesday around 8:30 p.m. the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s statewide outage map reported that 144 customers remained without power in Lowell, out of 1,216 statewide.



Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.