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Ice, Water Distribution Continues at Reed on Thursday

Volunteers are handing out ice and water to Newtown residents in need on Thursday, one of several services available to townspeople.

With power restoration slowly proceeding, the town was making arrangements to help residents stock up on supplies and essential services.

Volunteers were at Reed Intermediate School distributing water and ice Wednesday with another round planned for Thursday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

One volunteer, David Boughton, who showed up to assist in distributing the supplies Wednesday said he lives on Currituck Road and wanted to help out as much as possible.

Boughton, who has volunteered on other occasions in town, said he also knows how hard it is to lose power, although he hasn't had to experience it with this past storm.

"We never lost power," he said, lowering his voice as he said it. "I feel so guilty."

Anne Kutka, 71, of Sugar Street, was among those picking up ice at Reed Wednesday.

She and her husband lost power Sunday after the storm and had gone to Reed school to use the shower. The loss of electricity had been hard, she said, and when asked what was the most difficult part, she didn't hesitate in her answer.

"The loss of food," she said, and as she began listing the items, starting with beef filet, tears began forming in her eyes. "I was doing OK before you asked."

In addition to Reed, which had limited facilities, Newtown High School and Masonicare at Newtown were offering shower use to residents.

Elderly and disabled residents in need of help with services also can contact the first selectman at 203-270-4201.

Residents who lost electricity are asked to throw away all of their perishable food in the refrigerator.

Covered dumpsters are available for food disposal, courtesy of Associated Refuse Haulers, at the Botsford and Hawleyville volunteer fire departments and at Newtown High School. They will be marked "Food Waste Only." Residents also can throw out food waste at the transfer station free of charge and without a permit, officials said.

In addition to residents who lost power, the storm has worn on emergency responders, including volunteer firefighters, who have gone to numerous calls of dangerous road conditions and basement flooding pump-outs.

For instance, Sandy Hook volunteer firefighters reported they responded to close to 110 calls in three and a half days following the storm.

ShadyRest September 01, 2011 at 11:42 AM
If this had been a monstrous Winter storm creating similar damage, consequences of such delays in restoring power would be of catastrophic proportion as people would freeze to death. Surely hope that the town will take appropriate action against CL&P to prevent such fiasco in the future. The only fact that CL&P cannot update customers about when it forecasts to restore power in specific neighborhoods so that people can plan accordingly is mind boggling these days considering the technology available.
Judy f September 01, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Amazing the help in place compared to years ago. We used to live in Newtown for 42 years and I can't count the number of times we lost power for days at a time. Both in winter and summer and I understand that most of our neighbors on Parmalee Hill Rd now have their own generators. In winter we melted snow and used the fireplace for heat. In the summer it was canned food and your garden veges. One winter I remember a neighbor skiing into town to gather groceries for several neighbors.
KBel September 01, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Would it be possible to distribute water and ice later in the day so those of us who work can benefit from this?
Eric Paradis September 01, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Does food waste have to be removed from their containers and packaging?
pat Llodra September 01, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Just seeing this for the first time...give the office a call and we will bring water/ice to you later in the day tomorrow. I will pass this request for a time change on to the volunteers running the distribution for the town.
pat Llodra September 01, 2011 at 11:46 PM
Did you get an answer to this?
KBel September 02, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Appreciate Llodra's response re water/ice. It's a moot point for us as we on 302 have power as of mid-afternoon! In my opinion, thanks goes to Newtown, not CL&P.
G September 04, 2011 at 07:07 AM
Just got our power back Sat. night and I would like to thank all the volunteers for helping us out this past week. We needed ice and water several days and got them at Reed plus filled some jugs up at the firehouse house. I think the loss of running water (toilets, showers/baths, brushing teeth, etc.) is worse than the loss of electricity for lights, refrigeration, TV, computers, internet, etc. And my family is a bunch of internet and TV addicts! Thanks so much to all the volunteers for helping us get through the week in "relative" comfort.
pat Llodra September 04, 2011 at 10:36 AM
Please update me everyone about power restoration after 10pm last night. And confirm areas that are still out. We may more progress overnight but still have 450 without service. It helps me in my daily sessions with Cl&p to know from residents where we stand.
CT Yankee September 04, 2011 at 12:28 PM
Power is on but a large tree is on the power lines and blocking driveways of 2 elderly residents (one with health prolems) on Osborne Hill Road Ext. They were told it is not a priority because they have power flowing throught the lines, even though a tree is balancing on them. There are also children in this small neighborhood, making it a hazardous situation.

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