Power Restoration Timelines

November 1, 2012

Power Restoration Timelines
CL&P – Expects substantial restoration to be complete by Monday, or Tuesday of next week.
United Illuminating – 95% of customers will be back on line Monday November 5th.
FEMA Assistance

Residents living in the four shoreline counties of New London, Middlesex, New Haven, Fairfield are eligible for FEMA assistance.

  • To register by phone, residents can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). 
  • The TTY line for people with speech or hearing disabilities is 1-800-462-7585. 
  • The line is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days per week.
  •  From your mobile device, visit m.fema.gov 

***Please note that even if you have already reported your damages to
2-1-1, you must still apply directly to FEMA to receive assistance.
To register online, applications may be completed at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Small Businesses:
Small business owners are eligible for assistance under the Small Business
Administration (SBA).
If you own a small business, you can apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs), which are available for the following:

  • small businesses
  • small agricultural cooperatives
  • small businesses engaged in aquaculture
  • most private, non-profit organizations

EIDLs can help you meet any financial obligations that cannot be met because of the storm. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website.

Rail Service between Stamford and New York’s Grand Central Terminal to Resume Thursday Morning; Shore Line East Service will also Resume Thursday
The Stamford-New York service represents some 52 percent of the daily New Haven Line Service. Metro-North and the Connecticut Department of Transportation are also evaluating some interim express bus options for the east end of the line and the return the entire system – from New Haven to Grand Central – to full service as quickly as possible.
Shore Line East commuter rail service, between New Haven and New London, will also resume Thursday morning. In addition, Amtrak will begin operating some limited service between New Haven and Springfield, and between Boston and Washington DC. 
Property Tax Extension
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today signed Executive Order No. 26 that extends the property tax deadline for those Connecticut residents who pay property taxes on a quarterly basis.
Town By Town Update:
New Canaan
68% of New Canaan customers are without power according to the CL&P outage map.
Important update for New Canaan residents from Mike Handler, New Canaan’s director of emergency management:
Crews are still working to make roads passable. Today’s target areas are Lambert, Chichester, Frogtown, Llewelyn, North Bald Hill, Briscoe, Cross Ridge and the most difficult Braeburn.
The drop in overnight temperatures is concerning.
The YMCA is open as a shelter and you are encouraged to bring your family, medications and bedding.  All pets will be accommodated at the animal shelter.
At this time, all New Canaan Public Schools are closed through Friday November 2nd.
We are still hoping to begin restoration efforts on Friday or Saturday at the earliest.
Our best estimate at this time, based on our current CL&P crew levels, is that power restoration could take 10 to 14 days.
Please remember to keep generators outside and safely away from doors, windows and vents.
Remain clear of all downed wires and call any concerns into the EOC at (203) 594-4100.
78% of town is still without power according to the CL&P outage map.
According to an email blast sent out by the town, Connecticut Light & Power has nine line crews, four tree crews and seven service crews working in Wilton today. The service crews are the ones which restore power.
At the peak of the storm’s damage, 117 roads in Wilton were impassable. Town officials say 77 of those roads have opened to traffic by now. 
Residents are able to pick up bottled water at the Wilton Fire Department starting at 1 p.m.
72% of the town is still without power according to the CL&P outage map
Sheltering: Westport’s storm shelter is open at Long Lots School, 13 Hyde Lane.
It is fully handicapped accessible. If you go to the shelter, you must bring:

  • A change of clothes
  • A sleeping bag or other bedding material, including a pillow
  • Any special medications or special dietary items
  • Reading material, games, playing cards or other diversions
  • A working flashlight with spare batteries
  • Identification papers, checkbooks, cash, credit cards
  • You can bring your pets to the Long Lots shelter. The shelter will take in pets and hold them in a secure area, but your pets cannot stay alongside you in the shelter. If you bring a pet you must also bring:

  • A secure pet carrier the right size for your animal
  •   A leash
  •   Food and medication you pet requires
  •  Any toys or blankets that will make your pet more comfortable

91% of the town is still without power according to the CL&P outage map.
According to town officials, the National Guard, CL&P crews and town crews worked to clear roads today.
If residents see a road that’s closed, they’re encouraged to call 203-222-2656. 
Weston Library will be open from 9 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
The senior center will be open those days from 9 to 3 p.m.
Town Hall is operating on normal business hours.
The comfort station, located at the high school, is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekend hours are from 8 to 4 p.m.
The town’s automated storm line is 203-454-1161.
79% of the town is still without power according to the CL&P outage map.
Redding is planning a "Trunk-or-Treat" event this Saturday, Nov. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot at the Redding Community Center.
The Mark Twain Library is now open during regular business hours, with computer access for the public. 
The recycling center will be open through Saturday from 7:30 to 3 p.m. According to a press release from the town, commercial brush haulers can bring loads with written letters from resident with phone numbers and have appropriate fees waived.
The fire marshal is reminding those with generators to make sure they run them outside. The fire department says it has received multiple carbon monoxide complaints from residents running the generators indoors.
The Redding information line is 203-938-8816.
68% of the town is still without power according to the CL&P outage map.
The utility still has 250,000 customers without power on Thursday morning, including about 6,500 in Ridgefield.  CL&P has assigned crews to begin restoration in the immediate downtown for senior housing and emergency services.
The National Guard has arrived to assist our town with an expedited clearing of all blocked roads.  They have orders not to clear any areas that include wires.    
Keep generators outside and away from the house because carbon monoxide fumes can seep into the home.  
Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector. 
All Halloween activities have been postponed but plans are being made to reschedule.
For all tax related questions please call the Tax Collector’s office at 203-431-2779 
Town Hall is open for WiFi and charging from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.  Enter through the Bailey Avenue entrance. 
Parks and Recreation at 195 Danbury Road is now completely operational as a shelter with WiFi and charging stations.  
Schools and school related activities are cancelled for the rest of this week.
The Recycling Center and Transfer Station will be open through Friday November 2 from 7:30 am to 3 pm with free brush collection for non-commercial residents only. 
Drinking water filling stations are set up at the Ridgefield Playhouse, Parks and Recreation, and Fire Station 2 on Old Stagecoach Road.  Please bring your own containers.  
Non-drinking water is available at Fire Station 2 on Old Stagecoach Road.  Bring your own containers.
Public Information Posting locations are: Town Hall, Parks & Recreation, Founder’s Hall, Ancona’s, Stop & Shop, Ridgebury Fire Station 2 and the Valero Gas Station at the Route 7/ Danbury Road intersection.
Call center numbers are 203-431-2348, 431-2350 or 203-431-2351
57% of the town is still without power according to the CL&P outage map.
First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker provided the following update.

  • Last evening CL+P line crews restored power to the Reynolds Ridge housing complex, three of the five schools in the educational park, the Bethel Police Department and parts of the surrounding neighborhood.

  • Total number of homes restored about 800.
  • Homes and businesses still w/o power has dropped to 4,939 (59%).

Individual neighborhoods will come back on in stages as damage is repaired.  
The following roads have been reopened:  Chestnut Ridge, Whippoorwill, Old Hawleyville (entire length), Reservoir, Whitlock (one lane). 
Storm debris may be dropped off at the Bethel transfer station free of charge until further notice.  No transfer station permit is required.
Town highway crews are continuing to clear public property and roadways of downed trees and debris.  When that is complete, probably sometime next week, they will move as quickly as possible to complete this season’s road construction.  Please be advised that town crews WILL NOT be picking up yard debris.  Federal authorities have not established a program to reimburse towns for this cost, as it did last year following Winter Storm Alfred.
Bethel Red Cross shelter at the municipal center is still operating 24 hours per day: meals, hot showers, overnight accommodations, recharging stations and Internet access available, pets are allowed.