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Fast Power Facts for Nov. 4, 2011

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

CLEARING AND RESTORATION UPDATE

  • At the start of Friday, the number of outages in Newtown stands at 5,767 homes and businesses, or 52-percent of the town
  • Parts of Glen Road, Buttonball Drive, Walnut Tree Hill Road, Valley Field Road South, and Boggs Hill Road reported having their power restored Thursday night
  • Crews also were spotted on Hanover, Sanford and Tamarack roads Thursday
  • 19 roadways still have downed trees and wires blocking travel and dozens of others with some other hazard. Conditions in many ways is worse than the day before as some trees that were once leaning on wires have now given way
  • CL&P appears to be ramping up its tree crews to focus on clearing blocked roads
  • Gov. Dannel Malloy is calling in the National Guard to help some communities clear roads. First Selectman Pat Llodra said she was told the National Guard lacks crews that can clear both downed trees and wires, which require specialized certifications.
  • Masonicare and Maplewood have had their power restored

TOWN SERVICES

  • Residents are invited for
  • 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 during those times
  • 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 from 8 a.m. to 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

DID YOU KNOW

  • Daylight Savings is this Sunday. Clocks will "fall back" one hour at 2 a.m.
  • It's been six days since the snow storm hit and about half of the town remains in the dark with significant wire and tree damage on the roadways. At about this same time following Tropical Storm Irene, 14-percent of the town was powerless.

CANCELLATIONS

  • Main Street trick-or-treating
  • Flagpole Radio Cafe has postponed its Deborah Henson-Conant performance but in its place will hold an open house at Edmond Town Hall at 7 p.m. that will be open to the public for free
  • 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 more than 70 calls in connection with possible carbon monoxide poisoning and Please be careful of carbon monoxide poisoning if using a generator
Stacey Laaksonen November 04, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Add High Bridge Road and Avalon Way to that list! No sign of a utility crew all week.
Kathy November 04, 2011 at 04:48 PM
1300 customers re-lost power this morning pushing us back to 62% failure rate. We're playing the Up-Down game! Good clean family fun for all.
Andrew November 04, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Hoa, you have been a consistent beacon of light in this literal time of darkness and should know that myself, my family, and several of my Newtown friends consider your efforts to be nothing short of exceptional. Thank you very much for your work.
Jack Bonacci November 04, 2011 at 05:00 PM
I live on Castle Hill Rd and am still without power. During Irene we were also one of the last to come up. My neighbor is on CL&P's emergency Medical list yet when I spoke to them they told me in this type of disaster it doesn't matter he has to wait like all the others. His generator just broke before the storm so its been rough. I and his aid and some very dear friends have been helping him along so he is safe for now. Plum Trees RD feeds our power and that road between Taunton Hill and Hawleyville Rd has 9 trees on the power lines. Estimated time to power up for us is Monday morning. While I hope this is accurate I have no confidence that it will be back up on that date. I can appreciate the magnitude of the storm but wish we were all better prepared. Thank God for good friends and great neighbors! I too will continue to go around and help where I can. Let's hope for power real soon.
Sue November 04, 2011 at 05:04 PM
OMG.... What the heck is going on??? We were down to roughly 50% without power, and now we are back to more than 6600 people without power? I know there are people working. And residents also pitching in. But this is RE-DONK-ULOUS!!! Come on already. What can we do about this? It's not like there is another power company we can switch to. Aren't there laws against monopolizing a business? What happened to good ole competition amongst businesses? I am only an nurse, and I will readily admit to political ignorance, but this just seems wrong in so many ways.
Kathy November 04, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Another 100 customers lost power in the past half hour. Does anyone else find it odd that in both storms so many customers are being told they are the last 1%?? My calculator shows 1% of 10,883 = 108 customers. Tell the truth CL&P!
lfg November 04, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Pat - where are you and what are you doing for us? It's going to be in the low 30's the next couple of nights!! Please... something...
Daria November 04, 2011 at 05:24 PM
I agree Sue. Now they say Wed as estimated restoration time.
Sue November 04, 2011 at 05:38 PM
WHAT????? Wednesday???? Oh,no!
kerry krysiak November 04, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Wednesday..that is crazy talk. What I still cant' believe is that there are at LEAST two places on Hattertown Rd (southend) that a large tree and branches blocking one lane on Hattertown Road. Isn't Hattertown one of the "main" roads in town? it's very dangerous and especially at night. I didnt even see any cones down and or warning tape to give a heads up to drivers. I hope they get this cleaned up today. That's in addition to all the trees and branches just dangling on the powerlines down all of Hattertown. We were one of the last "groups" to get power restore last outage...hope it's not the same this time but it's looking like it. Keep warm folks!!
Alenda Calderbank November 04, 2011 at 06:19 PM
This storm was a freak weather event. Trees came down everywhere. There are simply miles and miles of road that that need to be cleared and miles of wires that need to be repaired. Wouldn't it be great if someone could flip a switch and make it all better. The fact of the matter is, this type of disaster takes days (or weeks) to repair, road by road, block by block. This is not just a Newtown problem. This is the situation from here to Western MA. You could live in the northern part of the state, where they are still at 85-90% outage. Even when people are back on line, we are still vulnerable from all the dangling and weak branches, still up there. How about if we all stop bit*@ing, and go help clean some of the smaller trees and branches that are in front of our houses (provided there are no wires of course). I'm just kind of thankful I live in New England and not near a nuclear plant in Japan.
John B November 04, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Just saw trucks in that area of Plumtrees, cross your fingers.
Jason Kyle November 04, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Very well put.
Tom November 04, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Realy come on you all don't really expect the Town or CL&p to absorbent fingers and have an army of workers invade Newtown and complete all work not going to happen. And we should not expect it too I think the response from the Town and CL&P has been as good as it can be come on I saw a truck gro Iowa doing tree work. It is going to take time the crews Have to be safe one life lost is notworth the power to your house. If you really want to impact the town pack up and go to the shelter tonight I have. To agree with some that the shelter plan is not adequate
Sue Conrod November 04, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Good for you, if more people were like you and our neighbors and quit whining and started doing something, we would all come out of this a little bit faster. Stay away from the wires, but there is a lot of clean up that could be done by people who are stuck home in their neighborhoods. You might even get to meet and get to know more of your neighborhood.
Sue Conrod November 04, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Hey run in and buy them a coffee and thank them for doing a great job, a little sugar goes a long way. They have been working 16 hour shifts and if it were me, I'd be finding some good coffee too.
Sue Conrod November 04, 2011 at 06:50 PM
We are all proud of the fact that we are one of the largest towns in CT, we have over 65 sq miles for Newtown, and lots of roads to go with it and lots of trees, I'm like everyone else and hoping that we are going to get power back, But you can't fool with Mother Nature. If you don't believe in global warming and it's effect, then when was the last time we had a tornado in town, a hurricane, an earquake and now a snow storm in October. And of course last winter was one for the books when you couldn't even find street signs the snow was so high. And we are on the way for the wettest year in history as well. There is nothing we can do right now but pitch in and help out. And I think it's great that activities are being set up so that you aren't just cooped up in your houses in the dark. Get out of your house and find something to do today, go check on your neighbors, pick up some branches, but stay away from the electrical lines...
Mike M November 04, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Castle Hill has only wires down, there are no trees involved and no reason why they should not have been repaired earlier if CL&P's statements about fixing the easy fixes first holds true. CL&P is once again playing a dancing game with Newtown I no longer have any faith in anything their dim bulbed leadership says.
Bella November 04, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Please remember that this is not the fault of the crews that are working delingently day in and day out. However it is the fault of those wonderful executives that make the big Bonuses at the end of the year. I think there should be a few people that maybe they should be unemployed very soon!!!!
Deborah Denzel November 04, 2011 at 08:25 PM
4 Adult children paying Newtown taxes, no power yet at any of their homes!!!! All have young children 6 months old to 10 years old these are their streets: Brushy Hill Road-just drove it no crews at all-tree limbs tangled in all the wires, wires down, Aunt Park-no power, no crews, Rock Ridge Road-no power no crews, Patirica Lane-no power no crews????? So where are they????? Someone should be held accountable, who might that be???????
John B November 04, 2011 at 08:31 PM
I really get a kick out of the whining, as much as we demand CL&P be prepared, we as individuals have the larger burden of being just as prepared. Electricity is not a right it is a commodity. Be prepared to live without it or own a generator.
Sue November 04, 2011 at 09:11 PM
It's not whining, it's venting. People are frustrated, some are truly suffering. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to afford a generator. If all the whining bothers you so much, why are you reading it? And I beg to differ, electricity is absolutely a right. We pay dearly for it. I bet if you had a family member who was dependent on electrically powered medical equipment, you wouldnt be so cavalier about others plights.
Tom November 04, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Oh boy this is getting good when are we going to get the clubs and meet at the flag pole the whiners and the survivalist
Kelly November 04, 2011 at 10:52 PM
Anyone now if Alpine Drive is up and running?
Rick November 05, 2011 at 12:26 AM
It was reported that Boggs Hill was powered up - I live on Boggs Hill ( the Hattertown end) and I can tell you we are still without power. Happy weekend.
LT November 05, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Andrew, we are also on Hundred Acres, close to Ox Hill. Didn't see any wires down near our house but haven't driven down towards the other end of our street. Tree crews were by here yesterday and it looked as though Palestine and parts of Boggs Hill were up tonight so I was hopeful until I got home. CL&P told me 40 others were affected by our outage, so who knows where that puts us in the batting order. Thanks for your cleanup efforts and information.
Nancy November 05, 2011 at 01:41 AM
It is awful sleeping in the cold. Many thanks to newtown patch for keeping us informed. We may be cold but it helps to know we are not alone.
Sue Conrod November 05, 2011 at 02:38 AM
Cl& P updated my outage status online today with Wednesday as well. Only to be surprised to today when I commuted home to find that my home had Power. I have been warned that we may have an outage during the evening or tomorrow for an hour or so while they are hooking up other people. But I can live with that. In the meantime, don't harrass the crews in town, when you drive by, how about yelling out a big thank you for their being here. It is cold, it is dark and yet they are still working for our benefit.
AHM November 05, 2011 at 12:28 PM
Please everyone take a minute to look around. The damage from this storm doesn't end at our town line. A week without heat and water is not fun, but take a moment to drive through FFH and look at the hundreds of cold and tired men and women that have put their lives on hold to restore ours. THANK YOU!
Sam Mihailoff November 06, 2011 at 07:04 PM
all I had was battery operated AM radio for communication...on WICC, an owner of the out-of-state assistance was interviewed...a tree service in Wisconsin was still owed $3 million from CL&P from Hurricane Irene so when CL&P called he left his 35 trucks parked. CL&P did not pay the bill until this past Friday.

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