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Fast Power Facts for Nov. 3, 2011

Here's everything you need to know about the power situation today

CLEARING AND RESTORATION UPDATE

  • At least 12 line and 12 tree crews are in town doing work Thursday, Connecticut Light & Power says. 14 line crews and 6 tree crews were in Newtown Wednesday
  • Streets and neighborhoods targetted for today include Walnut Tree Village, Glen Road, Pole Bridge Road and others that are part of the 12M5 circuit, which the company says will bring 1,300 customers back on line Thursday
  • Masonicare now has power and they are still working on Nunnawauk Meadow senior housing
  • As of 11 a.m., Thursday, 68-percent or 7,400 homes and businesses were in the dark. At the start of today, 6,300 CL&P customers or The outages have gone up because crews have had to shut down reclosers temporarily in order to work on repair outages.
  • Main Street, Church Hill Road, including Sandy Hook Center, and parts of Queen Street as of Wednesday
  • Restoration to 99-percent of Newtown expected prior to the start of Sunday.

TOWN SERVICES

  • Transfer station is open dawn to dusk and will accept any storm related debris from any resident;
  • Associated’s Pat Caruso has installed dumpsters strictly for food waste at Newtown High School, and Botsford and Hawleyville fire stations.  
  • Edmond Town Hall theater has added matinees, 1 and 4 p.m., on Thursday and Friday and offered a Smurfs film
  • Residents can pickup Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) and water at the Sandy Hook firehouse, 18 Riverside Road
  • Showers now available at Newtown High School until 9 p.m. Showers also remain available at Newtown Middle School on Queen Street, Newtown Youth Academy (Fairfield Hills campus) and Masonicare, 137 Toddy Hill Road.
  • and has wireless Internet
  • Municipal Center and high school is open for recharging electronic devices

BUSINESS SERVICES OR DEALS

  • Sandy Hook Center is open for business, including PJS Laundromat, which is open until 10 p.m.
  • Stone River Grille will be open at 3 p.m. Thursday and kids under 15 will eat free during the power outage
  • Charter on Commerce Road has opened its facility for anyone to use its wi-fi Internet
  • Big Buddha Cigar Lounge on Hawleyville Road also has had its cable, Internet, phone restored and is inviting anyone into its lounge to charge devices or hang out

CANCELLATIONS

  • Newtown United Methodist Church is cancelling the Spaghetti Dinner that would have been held this Saturday
  • 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.

CAUTIONS

  • Town has received 70 calls in connection with possible carbon monoxide poisoning. 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

DID YOU KNOW

  • It has been five days since the October snow storm hit
  • It took 10 days before Newtown was at 100-percent following Tropical Storm Irene

Editor's note: This article has been updated since it was originally published

Correction: Food dumpsters are at Botsford and Hawleyville fire stations in adidition to Newtown High School. Due to incorrect town information, one of the fire stations was misidentified.

Another Newtowner November 03, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Brushy Hill got power back at approx 12:45. Not sure if it was the entire road.
Another Newtowner November 03, 2011 at 05:50 PM
....meant to add I'm approximately in the middle of Brushy Hill. 2.5 miles up from Elm.
Tom Bittman November 03, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Once again, Patch (and Hoa) are invaluable - thank you!
tracey trado November 03, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Hoa, who r the volunteers hauling debris away? How can we get in touch with these angels?
Hoa Nguyen November 03, 2011 at 06:28 PM
Kevin Fitzgerald is managing that. He can be reached at kevinkis@aol.com
Hoa Nguyen November 03, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Someone said they spotted crews on Echo Valley Road
Runner Girl November 03, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Any word if Bonnie Brae has power (checking for my parents)
Hoa Nguyen November 03, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Someone reported getting power back on White Oak Farm Road
Marc Michaud November 03, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Has anyone heard anything from AT&T? I won’t be able to read any reply to this as I can only get news and information when I stop by the Town Hall. We’ve had almost no Phone, TV, Internet, and very unreliable Cell Service down in Pootatuck Park since Sunday. I tried to call AT&T customer service and got someone in the Philippines who barely spoke English and was absolutely no help at all. I do hope no one needs to dial 911. We did see the service come back up for a brief while Wednesday evening but it went back out around 8:00pm.
Michael November 03, 2011 at 08:16 PM
We have power on the north end of Aunt Park Lane. It took 5 days, same as Irene.
Kathy November 03, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Well said Shirley - I live on that mountain and it's a mess down below. I rarely travel that length of Riverside anymore due to the narrow width, broken pavement, potholes, poorly dug ditches that cause the road to glaze with ice in the winter, and unsafe trees teetering over the roadway. The entire area would be better served by the lines on pristine Pole Bridge, where power was restored in half the time with Irene. A 9 day outage is embarrassing and CL&P should be ashamed of themselves, but I guess they can't be blamed if the Town doesn't care either.
Platypus November 03, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Just having the information on *what* the restoration plan is, so we could work our lives around it would be very helpful. It's the usual thing - providing accurate, timely, detailed information is the best thing an entity (whether it be corporate or governmental) can do. For example, information on the power loops (so we can understand the method behind the restoration) would be great. As it is, the info on this page of who spotted crews where is the most info we get - so kudos to Hoa for facilitating this. From a personal perspective, am hoping that the bridge out on Boggs Hill won't lead to the neighborhoods behind getting overlooked :-o
Karen Kravec November 03, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Any word on the Dodgingtown section of town? I have little hope of power any time soon given the fact the tree crews haven't gotten to Flat Swamp yet. Can't restore power with the amount of branches/trees still on the lines here. And thanks for the contact info on the volunteers. We have an enormous amount of brush and debris that we need hkelp with!
Andrew November 03, 2011 at 08:38 PM
We are still out on hundred acres road. Spent the day clearing aunt park lane except for the big tree at the end as well as plum tree and parts of the Taunton area. Even got some work done on hatter town. Saw a few of the private tree companies but no newtown crews or cl and p on all my travels through the town. Just hope the good karma comes back in the form of power tonight. To whomever is keeping track, there are large trees and branches on wires on aunt park lane, plumtree, Taunton lake roads still. Also people are asking about debris removal. There is concern that if you are responsible and push the debris to the side of the road to clear the road that the town won't touch it so some people just leave it in the roadway. Wish I had a pickup and a chainsaw so I could haul some away but I just pushed it off to the side. Please clarify as there is a lot of confusion out there.
Jonah, November 03, 2011 at 08:42 PM
I realize power restoration is the top priority, but is there any news on Charter getting their cable services restored?
Seamus November 03, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Zombies I can deal with. I'm locked and loaded!
Terry November 03, 2011 at 09:18 PM
Any word on [power for Eden Hill? Six days is a long time! Thanks.
Barbara Colber November 03, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Still no power on Nelson Lane and Patricia Lane Newtown on the Brookfield line off Rout #25. Still a tree lying on the road w/ wires making Nelson Lane impassable. Thanks, Barbara
Jeff November 03, 2011 at 10:34 PM
Nothing is as efficient as sparking it up!
Jeff November 03, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Oh it'll burn, just have to get it started with some pine. Once a hot fire is established it will go from wet to dry in a heartbeat!
vida datin November 03, 2011 at 11:40 PM
60 parmalee hill rd still out.ours is the first out last to come on!!
Daria November 03, 2011 at 11:51 PM
Only first half of the Blvd has power, the rest of us still in our dark cold tombs:(
SamBailey November 04, 2011 at 12:33 AM
So we just moved here from Texas (originally from Indiana) and haven't really dealt with a basement or well water system. Anyone else having issues with the sewage backing up because the sump pump doesn't have power? Or did we make a rookie mistake?
Eric Paradis November 04, 2011 at 02:23 AM
99% restored by the start of Sunday, here is outage status: Estimated date and time your power will be restored: Sunday, November 06, 2011 11:00 PM. I am right on Riverside, hundreds of home past me. I think that makes up more than 1% of the town. CL&P = Constantly Lying & Placating?
Kerri C. November 04, 2011 at 03:19 AM
Juniper Road, off 302 and right next to the police station still no power, power lines down and massive tree across the road. Thought living in the borough would have it's advantages but no such luck. Haven't seen a power truck anywhere near here since this all started. I just don't get it.
Caterina Staack November 04, 2011 at 05:05 AM
did you guys get power back yet?
Jessica November 04, 2011 at 12:26 PM
I believe the top half up by Brushy does but those of us down at the other end by Elm do not yet have power. : (
Hoa Nguyen November 04, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Hey Sam, I'm hearing that is a normal problem. Check to see that the flooding is rainwater rather than sewage. Also, many sump pumps have backup batteries so that is worth checking out. Sorry I don't have more info for you.
tracey trado November 04, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Does any one know if the transfer station is open on Sunday aswell?
Hoa Nguyen November 04, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Transfer station will be opened to accept yard waste only every day until further notice, per public works director

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