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Fast Power Facts for Nov. 1, 2011

Here is what you need to know about the power situation as of Tuesday morning.

Here are your fast power facts for today. Check the for more information.

  • School will be closed for the rest of this week
  • Showers now available at Newtown Middle School on Queen Street, Newtown Youth Academy (Fairfield Hills campus) and Masonicare, 137 Toddy Hill Road.
  • Shelter is still at Newtown Middle School. 31 people spent the night Monday.
  • Water is available at Sandy Hook firehouse but call your local fire station to see if they have any left
  • MRE food is expected to arrive later today and will be distributed

CLEARING AND RESTORATION UPDATE

  • Officials said that work to repower parts of the main circuit that feeds parts of Main Street, Garner Correctional Facility, parts of Nunnawauk Meadows, Newtown High School and Reed Intermediate School was not yet successful. Crews are still working to fix the problems. This is a reversal to what was said initially. By the end of the day, Garner, parts of Nunnawauk and high school remain powerless.
  • Priorities today are to finish Main Street and clear Poverty Hollow, Walnut Tree and School House Hill roads
  • AT&T has said it is bringing in generators to its towers to help with cell phone and communication failures
  • Commercial strip also considered to be a priority
  • There are now six line and tree crews working in Newtown now. More coming from Georgia but uncertain when they will arrive.
  • Staging area at Fairfield Hills is only for utility crews and they are going to be dispatched to work in Newtown and Monroe – the hardest hit areas.
  • CL&P won't have an estimate on when power will be restored to Newtown until Wednesday at the earliest.
  • As of Tuesday noon, 95-percent of the town is still without power

CAUTIONS

  • Please be careful of carbon monoxide poisoning if using a generator
  • If you spot utility crews working in your neighborhood, please turn off your generator because there may be an electrical hazard with it if power returns to your neighborhood

CANCELLATIONS

  • Haunted Hayride that was suppose to have been for this weekend, Nov. 4 has been canceled. The trails are still dangerous and parks and recreation officials said they don't want to risk it.

OTHER INFO

  • Late state tax filing deadline has been extended to Nov. 15. It was to have been Oct. 30 but in light of the storm, the deadline has been extended
  • President Barack Obama has signed up on a request to have the October storm declared a disaster. This is just a first-stage declaration that makes the state eligible for some federal assistance.

Editor's note: This article will be updated throughout the day.

C J Marion November 01, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Can anyone one let me know what the protocal is regarding power lines that have been stripped from a residential house? What will be CL&P's response to such situations? Will they address the individual house or will they wait for a electrical contractor to address before fixing? What should the homeowner do? If one house has their power lines pulled from the house will CL&P wait until this house is fixed before reinstating power to the street?
QWERTY November 01, 2011 at 04:55 PM
You won't get a straight and consistent answer from anyone...it varies depending on who you ask. My experience, as long as the meter is still attached to your home, CL&P will fix everything else. More importantly, you'll probably have an out of state contractor doing the work, so IMO they will be significantly more lenient on doing repair work. After Irene, they kept my entire neighborhood in the dark and fixed everyone's houses at once and restored power. It's more a question of cost vs. benefit.
C J Marion November 01, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Hoa, could we pose my question above to Pat Llodra? She could then discuss with her contact at CL&P and we could possibly get a consistent answer.
Shari Wright November 01, 2011 at 05:11 PM
We were told an electrician needed to repair everything before CL&P would touch it. Frank Nuzzo came out yesterday and was great. Call your insurance and make sure to take pictures.
C J Marion November 01, 2011 at 05:14 PM
I had heard the same thing, so I think clarification from CL&P would be helpful for those in this situation. Thanks for your and QWERTY's reply.
Dee Dee November 01, 2011 at 06:30 PM
UGH - we had the same situation and CL&P was not helpful nor would share any knowledge with us. Here is what we have now found out. First if the line is still connected to the main street line - you need to get it cut BEFORE they power up the street line. If you don't and the line sparks at the edge of the house/meter you could end up with a fire. Our house is an antique clapboard and would have gone up in a second. We called 426-4200 the main dispatch and the fire department came out and made sure it was disconnected from the main line. Next you need to arrange for an electrician to come fix the conduit up the side of your house. You also get to pay for this. Here is where we are stalled - we keep calling and cannot even get an electrician to call us back. If we can ever get the line fixed at the house then we call back CL&P to get on the list to be reconnected - but we will be one of the last as this is a restore one house situation and thus the absolute last thing they do. So that is what we have been able to find out. If you are lucky enough to get a hold of an electrician to do the work will you please pass the name and number on to us because we are having no luck finding one. Hope this helps!
Dee Dee November 01, 2011 at 06:34 PM
UPDATE Steve from CRS Electric out of New Milford - called us - got his name from service magic. He gave me an estimate for a simple 200amp wire in metal conduit reconnected to meter and run up side of house of $600. He has availability in the next few days - probably Thursday. So while I cannot vouch for him or the pricing if anyone is needing someone - here is one idea - CRS Electric out of New Milford 203-628-8443
Hoa Nguyen November 01, 2011 at 07:04 PM
CJ, I forwarded your question to Pat Llodra and she said she would bring it up at tonight's meeting and will find out what CL&P's answer is.
pat Llodra November 01, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Cj I will get clarification on that when I meet with Cl&p at 5:00 today. It is a good question and a situation that pertains to many folks...
Jim B November 01, 2011 at 07:44 PM
This happened to me 4-5 years ago when we had that big wind storm in July. CL&P ran new wires just short of the house, coiled and waiting for an electrician to fix the house conduit and complete the connection which he did. Power was restored to the street when the new wires were run and before our house was attached.
C J Marion November 01, 2011 at 07:55 PM
Hoa/Pat, Thanks for your help.
bob williams November 01, 2011 at 10:40 PM
Why were there people cleaning up limbs at the municipal center if there are still roads that need to be cleared?
pat Llodra November 01, 2011 at 11:53 PM
The Parks and Recreation maintainers are responsible for the parks, the municipal center property, and such...they do not do road clearing. That work is with the Public Works personnel. We have sufficient personnel to do the road work...any delay there is because we do not have the Cl&P power crews to work along side our town crews. It is also important that broken limbs and brush be removed from our municipal property - that is what the Parks and Rec staff were rightly doing.
Laura Main November 02, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Is there a list of roads that are blocked?
J in Newtown November 02, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Hey we are so bad off we made NBC Nightly News! Now we are pitied across the nation and CL & P look like idiots for having power lines above the ground in a heavily treed state. Maybe now something will change. Pat, great job thanks for doing what you do, was hoping to see you in the segment, maybe later in the week as a follow up???
JJHL November 02, 2011 at 12:29 AM
I disagree. This is a slap in the face. Send them to clear roads with Public Works.
bob williams November 02, 2011 at 12:54 AM
Its also nice that when I text cl&p for an update the response is "please use a valid zipcode. I always get my bill
Hoa Nguyen November 02, 2011 at 01:15 AM
Bob, I find that it only works for the main zip code: 06470. For whatever reason, a Sandy Hook zip doesn't work.
Mark Lurie November 02, 2011 at 01:58 AM
I asked that question on Pat's FAQ ... by the end of the emergency the town finally put something out but it was too little, too late. I don't have high expectations this time around either.
Hoa Nguyen November 02, 2011 at 02:28 AM
CJ, This is CL&P's answer: http://newtown.patch.com/articles/cl-p-customer-repairs-must-precede-restoration
Seamus November 02, 2011 at 04:13 AM
Time to fire CL&P.
Mike zilinek November 02, 2011 at 10:59 AM
It's time for all Town departments to work together to clear our town roads. Cleaning up around the Municipal Center could wait ,it's not an emergency.
Tony November 02, 2011 at 03:14 PM
How about this idea....ask CL&P to cut power to all homes and have the town clear the roads(ask all town personnel to help), including Parks and Rec. Roads will be cleared and trees removed from power lines and ready for CL&P.
Jim B November 02, 2011 at 03:22 PM
If we follow sensible ideas where would politics fit in? And how about the unions. No, great ideas like this will be swept under the mat with all those from the past in order to keep and preserve the status quo. Stay thirsty my friend
Mike zilinek November 02, 2011 at 09:15 PM
Have not seen a town crew on Old Hawleyville Rd or Pocono RD or CL&P. Just another day of nothing accomplished
Susan Wisniewski October 31, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I HATE CL&P...i have no trees down in Sandy Hook and my power went out Monday...Come on Newtown get it together.My power goes out if the wind blows.What is the problem?????????????????????????????
Phil Sandifer October 31, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Susan - just a heads up, but you're posting on an article from a year ago's storm, not this year's, and thus probably not going to be seen. In any case, keep in mind that there are a lot of wires between you and the substation or power station, and even if there are no trees down around your house, damaged wires miles away from you could be affecting you.
Mr D. October 31, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Happened to us during last year's snow storm. You have to get an electrician to reinstall the private section of the line before CL&P can reconnect you. That usually doesn't delay turnup to the rest of the street, but if you share a transformer with a neighbor it could affect them. FYI, my cost last year was $10,000 - covered under insurance.
Cheri Lee Collins October 31, 2012 at 09:41 PM
My line to my house is sitting under a tree. An electrical contractor was at the house. "making things safer" yet CL&P is unable to tell me whether or not the line has been deactivated. Consequently, I cannot contact a tree removal service or electrician AND I have a safety--my son with autism doesn't understand "live wires and danger." Presently, he is just obsessed with the fact that a tree has taken his TV away. I am hoping he does not choose to get a closer look.

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