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A wave of power outages hits Upper Pontiac

On Tuesday evening last week, in the middle of the second power outage to hit the Upper Pontiac during the heatwave, Waltham mayor Odette Godin got a phone call from a resident who was worried her mother’s portable oxygen tank would run out before the morning.
“The way the oxygen is now, they have these little tanks in an emergency, because they don’t run on power, but normally the oxygen you’re on is through a machine that takes normal air and turns it into oxygen, and that needs electricity,” Godin explained.
The caller, with no idea when the power would be restored, was concerned the emergency tank would empty before the suppliers could get to her the following morning, at their earliest availability.
Godin advised the resident to call local Fire Chief Larry Perry, and sure enough, Perry was able to deliver the needed oxygen.
Luckily, the woman’s mother didn’t . . .

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