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CL&P: 30 Crews in Town Sat., More Expected

Now into its eighth day of dealing with outages, Connecticut Light & Power says it stands behind its estimate to have 99-percent of the town restored by end of Sunday.

More than 1,200 Connecticut Light & Power customers saw their electricity return in the past 24 hours and additional crews are expected into town for the final push to have 99-percent of the town restored by the end of Sunday, officials said.

"Last night they did make significant progress in terms of restorations," CL&P town liasion Jacqui Borges King said during a meeting Saturday morning at the Emergency Operations Center.

The outages as of late Saturday morning stand at 40-percent or 4,400 homes and businesses without power in Newtown. Borges King said the utility is standing by its expectation that 99-percent of the town will be restored by late Sunday night.

A sizeable contingent of crews – 18 line and 10 tree – are working on restoration while another two are working with the town's public works department on opening up the 10 blocked roads in town, officials said. Another eight also are expected into town from Maine Saturday.

Clearing those blockages are key to ensuring safe travel and opening up the schools in time for Monday, officials said.

At the moment, Head O' Meadow School is having intermittent electricity problem but CL&P representatives said they are aware of it and working on it. Boggs Hill Road apparently will be powered up by later tonight, officials said.

Five crews also have been assigned to the circuit responsible for powering Route 302, also known as Sugar Street. A couple also have been assigned to work on problems plaguing parts of the Main Street circuit. Five were sent to Walnut Tree Hill and Shady Rest area. Other crews also have been dispatched across town, including Poverty Hollow and Flat Swamp roads.

Editor's note: For a list of services still available in town, see . This article has been updated since it was originally published.

ShadyRest November 05, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Hoa- thanks so much for keeping us all updated!! You are doing a better job keeping us informed than anybody else! We truly appreciate the efforts and long hours! I hope you actually have power yourself.
David Musen November 05, 2011 at 07:23 PM
When is Old Purdy Station Road getting power?
NK November 05, 2011 at 07:31 PM
There are trucks in Shady Rest!! The crew said power should be back on tonight!
Nancy Moore November 05, 2011 at 07:47 PM
We had crews here on The Old Rd for several hours today, but now they're all gone and still no power. Does anyone have an ETA?
ChrisP November 05, 2011 at 07:50 PM
Still no tree removal/power restoration on High Bridge Road! Enough already! I have yet to see 1 truck and it has been 7 days!
Andrew November 05, 2011 at 07:58 PM
Still out on Hundred Acres. Many thanks to the homeowners and volunteers putting in the effort to clean the roads and access ways. Those providing food and comfort as well. The bright spot in all of this are all the good people out there helping one another.
John Munro November 05, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Remember this is a REGULATED industry in a state controlled by one party. You know the "trust us we'll take care of you" party. CLP has exactly as many crews as the state has mandated. Lesson from all this, self reliance and help your neighbors. By the way still no power on Lake Rd.
Darrell November 05, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Any word On when Pebble Rd will be finished up? All but four houses came up three days ago.
Andy November 05, 2011 at 08:55 PM
I think the truth behind the tragedy is laying on the ground by my driveway - Power lines 8 days after the storm. There is no excuse for this. I don't care about excuses because I know when I look at those wires day after day that CL&P is to blame.
ShadyRest November 05, 2011 at 09:24 PM
They came, they appeared to work, they left, no power!
SMW November 05, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Does anyone on Poverty Hollow/Wentworth/FarmMeadow have any power?
Geraldine Carley November 05, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Interesting article in the business section of the NY Times for those who would like some factual background on Northeast Utilities and regulations. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/04/business/the-troubling-connecticut-power-failure.html Also, lest we get too involved in political accusations here is the current information of the Department of Regulatory Authority: The Department of Public Utility Control will shrink from five commissioners to three when it merges with the Department of Environmental Protection later this year, according to several sources familiar with legislative negotiations. Former Republican state Representative Kevin DelGobbo is the current DPUC chairman. His term is set to end June 30 unless he is reappointed. The terms of Commissioners Anthony Palermino and Amalia Bzdyra also end June 30. Commissioner John Betkoski’s term lasts until June 30, 2013 and Anna Ficeto has until June 30, 2014. Palermino and Betkoski are Democrats. Ficeto has no party affiliation listed on the DPUC website. Gov. M. Jodi Rell appointed or reappointed all of the current DPUC commissioners. There's lots of blame to go around, but to point fingers now does no good. Just get these houses back on the grid and let's move forward with real solutions.
Geraldine Carley November 05, 2011 at 10:33 PM
One more instance of adding insult to injury: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Loophole-keeps-utility-executives-pay-secret-2198492.php#page-2 Towns across this country must find energy efficiencies and alternative methods of providing power. Nobody, but especially little children and the infirm and elderly, should EVER again have to endure what has happened with Hurricane Irene and this snow disaster.
S.Q. November 05, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Just got power (Saturday at 6:45) on Jeremiah Road.
Hoa Nguyen November 05, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Great sign. Thanks for letting us know.
charles November 05, 2011 at 10:59 PM
Thanks to Central Maine Power Company for restoring our power on Taunton Hill Road and the work Newtwon Arbor did on clearing trees and branches.
Andrew November 05, 2011 at 11:02 PM
still out on Hundred Acres Road. When can I expect power back. The answer of Wednesday is unacceptable. Do I have any recourse and against whom?
J. Griffin November 06, 2011 at 12:03 AM
Fairchild has broken pole and transformer. We're doomed!
ShadyRest November 06, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Shady Rest back 8:30pm. Wishing everybody else speedy recovery!!
pat Llodra November 06, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Please call in those outages again...important to keep the pressure up
pat Llodra November 06, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Some of this circuit came on tonight. Are you still out? If so, call it in again!
Kathy November 06, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Laurel Trail - low voltage. Told by CL&P to turn the main breaker off, and they'd send a crew when one becomes available. Lights fluctuating, no furnace, no water. The rest of the neighborhood is on, but not us. Impressive restoration for Riverside Rd, only 7 days. Surprisingly - Charter works! We were out 9 days for irene - how long this time?
pat Llodra November 06, 2011 at 12:54 AM
Kathy. Please email me at pat.llodra@newtown-ct.gov with your house number so I can add this to my briefing wth Cl&P at 9:00 AM.
Kathy November 06, 2011 at 01:16 AM
thanks Pat!
Frustrated and losing patience November 06, 2011 at 02:28 AM
No trucks and no power on high rock! I guess we won't be part of the big overnight improvement
Bick Darlow November 06, 2011 at 03:53 AM
How about Sandy Hook?
Jennifer November 06, 2011 at 05:30 AM
Cross Brook Rd back up and running around 4:30 Saturday afternoon. Thanks, Pat, for your tireless efforts and your steadfast leadership. Thanks to Hoa for keeping us sane and informed and giving regular townsfolk a place to connect with each other and vent.
G November 06, 2011 at 06:40 AM
I'd like to give a non-political shout-out to Pat Llodra. I gave her office a call Sat. morning asking for any kind of update on the status for my road/area. As I expected, my call went to the answering machine and I thought my message would be unanswered until Monday, at best. But within an hour, I received a call from Pat directly to my cell. Unfortunately I was driving and couldn't answer her call at that time, so she left me a detailed voicemail answering my questions to the best of her knowledge. She then called me back several hours later and I was able to talk to her then. She was able to give me more specific information about the circuit we are on and the work that was in progress to restore my neighborhood. I Very Much Appreciate her time and effort to let me know that real progress was being made in my area. We did get our power restored at about 6 p.m. Saturday night. Pat doesn't know me from a whole in the wall, but I certainly appreciate her efforts in keeping all of us in town informed as best she can. I believe she is sincere in doing what she believes is the right thing for Newtown. I am a non-affiliated voter. Sincere thanks for your help, Pat.
Your Healthy Pet November 06, 2011 at 12:01 PM
Hang in there Stacey! Can this last any longer? We're still out too, so we understand your frustration.
Sam Mihailoff November 06, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Once my phone service was restored...I actually looked forward to the comforting voice of Mrs. Llodra each evening...did it solve the power and other utility problems; NO...but it definitely was a supportive voice of calm and A VOICE OF REASON (for the Democrats out there)...just joking folks; this was really not meant to be political. Thanks Pat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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