BOSTON — The Office of Governor Charlie Baker released the following statement regarding the State of Emergency declared:

“Governor Baker declared a state of emergency this afternoon authorizing the Chairman of the Department of Public Utilities to authorize Eversource to take management control over the coordinated effort to safely restore utility services in South Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.”

Background: State law (G.L. c. 25, s. 4B) sets up a process for the chair of DPU to issue orders to any utility upon authorization of the Governor during a state of emergency in order to assure public safety through the priority restoration of service.