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Code Red: Sixty Percent of Monroe is Without Power

Showers are available at Wolfe Park, Masuk and the Trumbull Tennis Club.

The following is a transcript of today's Code Red notificiation:

Good morning, today is Thursday, Nov. 1,2012. This is a Code Red emergency notification message from the Monroe Police Department and Monroe Emergency Management.

Approximately 60% of Monroe remains without power. There are currently two line crews and one tree crew in town from CL&P, as well as several smaller patrol and repair vehicles, working to restore power.

As many as eight road clearing crews from CL&P are anticipated late this afternoon. Be aware that power may be lost for short periods of time as workers shut down an area to repair lines.

The Senior Center, 235 Cutlers Farm Road, will be open as a shelter. It is open to people of all ages. Please bring your own bedding. If you are bringing a pet, a carrier and proof of rabies innoculation is required. If you are able to plan alternate sheltering, this would be helpful.

Drinking water is available at the Senior Center. Non-potable water is available from the hose in the back parking lot of the library and at Stevenson Fire Station 2. You will need your own containers.

The library is open until 5 p.m. daily as a warming station, and a place to recharge computers and phones.

The Monroe School System will be closed for the remainder of the week. Officials will re-evaluate the situation over the weekend and advise for next week's school schedule. Signs will be posted at each school and future updates will be given with Code Red, School Messenger and signs.

Showers are available for the public at the following three locations: Wolfe Park from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and at Masuk High School from noon to 6 p.m. Please use auxiliary gym entrance. Tennis Club of Trumbull's shower will be open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and on from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Great Hollow Lake is closed for the foreseeable future, both to vehicles and pedestrians.

Be aware of any scams involving people offering to remove storm debris under the guise of reimbursement from FEMA. If you believe you are being victimized, contact the police department.

As with any weather event, we caution all citizens to be aware of downed power lines and to stay away from them as they may be live. We also urge you to be cautious when working around your house to remove limbs and trees.

911 is for emergency calls only, but the main police department can be accessed at 203-261-3622.

Code Red messages will go out as more information is available.

Pivot November 02, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Maggie - squeaky wheel gets the grease. Our leadership needs to advocate for our town, that is the point of criticizing Vavrek and our ct legislature delegation. We should switch to UI
jim laguardia November 02, 2012 at 12:57 PM
And now Friday morning Monroe is at 57% and Newtown 54% I am not genius but it looks like their 20 crews at the start of yesterday worked out for them?
Richard Jefferies November 02, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Another total failure by CL&P. They were unprepared for last year’s storms when they should have been. As a result, full state restoration took over a week. They have had a year to analyze and rectify that failure and this past week has proven that they have not done that. Last year’s Halloween storm was, by all accounts, worse than this one (for Connecticut) from a perspective trees and limbs down, overall post storm weather and mobility on the roads and by sheer number of outages. Last year’s storm produced over 800,000 initial outages versus about 200,000 fewer this year. The aftermath of last year’s storm left the roads littered with not only the downed trees and limbs but with ice and snow. This year after the hurricane departed, the weather cleared rather quickly which should have allowed for immediate mobilization. By all accounts, CL&P should have been better prepared and had full restoration completed much more quickly than they are on pace to do. As I listened to the CL&P executives on the news, it was clear they were blowing smoke to cover yet another failure. If my broker, banker, mechanic or doctor performed like this, they would be fired or replaced. Unfortunately, we are stuck with CL&P. The only remedy is to clean house at the top. Key management needs to be replaced with competent professionals who know how to recognize a problem and fix it, especially with something as critical as the state’s power infrastructure and supply.
tainted November 02, 2012 at 01:44 PM
VAVREK>"These crews are working in various shifts in calculated grid areas" aka" RT 111. How about those on RT 25? or are we not in his plans?
Mary Poppins November 02, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Richard, I agree with you 100%.. As far as Vavrek goes, he is trying to play a political game. First we defend CL&P by stating this storm had trees fall, last years only had branches fall (wonder what Monroe he lived in last year..not mine), and now he is seeing people talk about inept officials, so he is now blaming CL&P. The fact that 25 does not have power...yet the other side of town does, is a joke. And where is the concern for public safety? Try driving thru the 59/25 intersection between 5 pm and 7 pm...4 little stop signs are not working. Talk about putting your life at risk. What would work is a spot light and a cop directing traffic.

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