Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
MEMA’s strong thunderstorm advisory sounded at 6:20 pm on Wednesday, July 12 at the end of a hot and humid afternoon, moments before Bedford was lashed by strong winds and drenched by 3.01 inches of rain. Unofficial reports claim that 2.5 inches fell within 40 minutes during the late evening rush hour.
Dereck Blackburn was driving around the curve on Railroad Avenue, heading toward the Middle School. “[T]he heaviest rain was falling in layers and all of a sudden it was a ‘gray out’, he posted on Facebook. “Very difficult to see anywhere around the vehicle. It lasted for about 3 minutes or so.”
Residents called the Bedford Police to report fallen trees, downed wires,and flooded roads on Wednesday evening.
Although a tree came down on Old Billerica Road near Temple Terrace, most reports appear to have centered in West Bedford: at two addresses on Davis Road, as well as homes on Coachman Lane, Notre Dame Road, Glenridge Drive, Putnam Road, and Jeffrey Circle.
The Eversource Outage map reported 31 Bedford households without electricity early on Thursday morning. There were reports of fallen wires on Glenridge Drive, Hillcrest Road, and Madel Lane. A limb brought down a power line on Hilltop Road causing a small fire on the road; that neighborhood’s electricity was out through much of Thursday morning.
Flooding was reported on Loomis Street, Railroad Avenue, Glenridge Drive at Battle Flag Road, Red Coat at Davis Road, and near the intersection of Genetti Circle and Genetti Street.
Editor’s Note With thanks to the Bedford Police Department, John Harris, and the National Weather Service for their contributions to this story. To view all of John Harris’s storm photographs, please click here to visit his Flickr site.