Springfield Waits Until Weekend for Power

Most of Springfield, Massachusetts remains without power, and residents are still filling the city's warming shelter, especially in the evening. Work crews and health officials are taking to the streets to inspect everything from restaurants to tree limbs.

The weather may be sunny but many buildings and homes are still cold in Springfield, where about half of all residents and businesses are still without power. Western Massachusetts Electric Company says it doesn't expect to have power restored until Saturday at noon.

The streets are generally clear, but road work is ongoing. On Longhill Avenue, Patrolman Patrick Cavanaugh supervises workers replacing a gas line.

"I haven't seen a lot of cleanup, I gotta tell ya. I live in Springfield and I've been out of power since Saturday night. It's getting old, is how I describe it now."

The shelter at Springfield Central High School on Roosevelt Ave. is still open, with room for 300 people to sleep and have meals. The Salvation Army is serving lunches from its mobile feeding vans in various middle school parking lots around the city.

Also, city health officials have fined and closed 5 restaurants that were serving food after losing power. They say restaurants that lost electricity should not reopen unless they've been inspected.

And city officials are hoping to hold elections on Tuesday as planned, but Mayor Domenic Sarno says he's working with the city solicitor to come up with a contingency plan.