CLEARING AND RESTORATION UPDATE
- Connecticut Light & Power came close to meeting its goal of restoring power to 99-percent of Newtown by Sunday's end but fell short of it by about 360 customers. Power was restored to 96-percent, though more homes were coming online early Monday
- Newtown was among approximately four dozen municipalities across the state in which CL&P did not meet its goal of 99-percent restoration. Statewide CL&P had 4-percent of its customer base still without power to start Monday
- CL&P says it may take until Wednesday before every home in town and state regains power
- If you still do not have power, call CL&P again and see if they can give you a better estimate for restoration. Also call the first selectman's office at 203-270-4201 because that office is in contact with CL&P's town liasion and sharing information on which homes remain without power
- All roads should be passable in Newtown although hazards remain on many roads in the form of tree debris on the side of the road as well as wires, officials said. All wires should be treated as if they are live
- A shelter was still operating at Newtown Middle School Sunday night with residents from Southbury and Bethelem staying there. The shelter will likely remain open Monday night but will move to the "B gym" in order to allow the registrars time to prepare the "A gym for Tuesday's election. If needed, the shelter will remain in the B gym Wednesday and because the weather is nice, physical education classes will be held outside instead
- Town public works and parks and recreation workers will be working on making sure all of the roads are cleared all this week with a goal of finishing by Saturday. Sometime this week – likely Wednesday – the town will publish a schedule for when they will start debris pickup next week. This will only apply for town roads and not state roads, which are on a different debris pickup schedule
- As soon as the debris pickup schedule is set, the town will post it on its website. In order to receive notifications of such posting, go to the town's website.
- For this week, they ask that all debris be piled 5 feet away from the curb so that it does not interfere with road clearings. If you have the means to cart the yard waste to the transfer station, please do.
- Transfer station is open dawn to dusk every day until further notice to accept yard debris from any resident. (Applies only to yard waste)
DID YOU KNOW
- This is the 10th day in which some homes have been without power. At about this same time period following Tropical Storm Irene, about 130 homes were without power but that also was because another storm passed through the town the night before, causing additional outages
- Treat any wires left on the roadway as if they are live
- Drive defensively as road hazards remain across town
- Town has received more than 70 calls in connection with possible carbon monoxide poisoning and
Editor's note: This will be the final installment of "Fast Power Facts" for the October snow storm. This article has been updated since it was originally posted.