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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.

Alex November 01, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Does anyone else know if this is true? I would hope we could put the bureaucratic BS behind us during a disaster like this.
Alex November 01, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Sounds like the complaining could be working then. CL&P would like nothing more than complacent customers who won't complain or ask questions when they lose their service. But it's not like we've ever experienced something like this before so how could they...oh wait nm. Good thing CL&P decided against the 3.3 billion underground electricity project, surely that would have been a waste. Much more efficient to keep putting the wires back on poles to have them come down again next year.
Christine E. November 01, 2012 at 05:48 PM
On the first press conference before I lost power on Sunday, the Governor said there was new protocol that was developed over the last year, that makes the towns responsible for tree removal while CL&P will be responsible for just the wires.
Christine E. November 01, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Really, Maggie? Explain to me why Ridgefield had 22 National Guardsman help with cleanup today, when the town of Ridgefield was no worse off than Monroe. The issue is not complaining, the issue is that some town leadership works harder for their constituents than others. You would think during an election year you'd see our reps making more statements instead of having to find out information through other towns.
D. Sickles November 01, 2012 at 05:52 PM
@Maggie - there you go again. You must be buddies with Vavrek because all you do is defend him. We are not asking for a "magician" we just want someone who is capable of getting the job done.
PAUL November 01, 2012 at 06:35 PM
WHY DID NEWTOWN GET 20 TREE CREWS TODAY AND MONROE NOTHING? BECAUSE THEIR FIRST SELECTMEN IS ON TOP OF IT. SHE EVEN SENDS OUT DAILY PROGRESS REPORTS. WHER IS VAVERK MIA ONCE AGAIN!
Maggie November 01, 2012 at 06:43 PM
D. Sickles - Monroe patch is not my life. I don't keep track of who defended who and in what article. I don't personaly recall defending Vavrek. But it's certainly easy to criticize the people in charge. I think those who are so very unhappy should run for the office and than we can criticize them when things go wrong. I wouldn't want to be in charge of any town or country for that matter. There is no possible way to keep every single person happy no matter what you do!
the watcher November 01, 2012 at 07:01 PM
This was a cat 1 storm. Just how long would it take to restore power if this was a cat 2 or 3? Shouldn't the utilities and the towns have been better prepared then this after last year storm?
Christine E. November 01, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Maggie - Please go visit the facebook pages of other towns and see what their represenatives are doing before praising the efforts of ours. The only information I have been able to get via Monroe is through Bill Bittar who hunts down the information for us. Where is DebraLee Hovey? Why has she not come out and said anything in the last 4 days? Last year, all we heard from her is she bought a bunch of people subway sandwiches. This year, silence. Good leadership!
LC November 01, 2012 at 07:10 PM
So many trucks & crews lined up in Newtown ready to go this afternoon. It is so frustrating to see them so close to our town & know that they will not be heading in our direction. I don't know if you went through this twice last year @ Maggie, but for the third time in 2 years, this is getting to be an act of helpless frustration. The first selectwoman in newtown regularly responds to Patch postings & I would love to hear from Mr. Vavrek in this forum. He could help set the record straight about what's being done to help us, and he could tell those of us who are off base or incorrect with our comments just that. He is nowhere to be found when we need him to help fight for us.
Christine E. November 01, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Someone I know emailed Debra Lee Hovey last night in an effort to reach out and get some kind of statement or explaination on what's being done, and he got a response from her office (not from her) telling him that she's doing a lot (but no specifics) and that he should understand she is also without power. That's funny, town reps all over the state are without power - they're still in touch with their community.
jim laguardia November 01, 2012 at 07:29 PM
and newtown is DOWN to 71 % and we are UP to 67% they as of 3:25 why are we going in reverse??
Karen123 November 01, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Called town selectman's office about an hour ago and they don't have any updates on restoration times for Monroe. Also called CL&P to hear the same thing. Nothing has changed over the past year unfortunately.
marcia November 01, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Sorry this is typical for Monroe. Nothing is done quickly whether you are trying to start a business, remodel or are out of power. CL&P needs to be responsible. They have failed to upgrade the sytems. Why so many have remained without power and not enough information is beyond me. Monroe is not on the shore and the power company knows that trees need to be cut back, wires upgraded. As far as the Selectman I am trying to be nice but for sure has not fought as hard as other selectman, We have been in touch with him and not much of a response. Just remember this when it come time to vote
Muscari25 November 01, 2012 at 09:27 PM
This is extremely difficult. I firmly believe our selectman should be much more persistent. Ridgefield received so much service because the selectman was so vocal . We wish he was our selectman. We must remember this next election.
Muscari25 November 01, 2012 at 09:31 PM
The storm was not the town selectman's fault however his lack of strong representation is most definitely his fault. The library has been our salvation yet he closes it at 5 rather than 8. He is absolutely not a leader worthy Monroe.
Clare Biagioni November 01, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Muscari25, you said it, he has never been a leader in this town, wonder how he ever got elected.
Muscari25 November 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I hope we do not have memory loss next election? At least other mayors and selectman are speaking out and up on the radio. Sadly weakest voice is from Monroe. No wonder CL&P is not servicing Monroe. Poor Monroe!
Walt November 02, 2012 at 12:09 AM
It's time to do some SERIOUS tree cutting. Anything within fifty feet of a power line HAS TO GO. You want a tree? Put it way back on your own property and hug away.
Jennifer Olimpieri November 02, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I think it is ridiculous that Rt 25 does not have power.
jim laguardia November 02, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I agree it is ridiculous that 25 is not back up yet.
Vida Ekstrom November 02, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I am extremely disappointed that the library now closes at 5pm. The sign outside the door earlier this week said open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until 8pm. Why the sudden change??? It was somewhere to go at night with kids, recharge your electronics and get warm.
Mitch Beck November 02, 2012 at 02:35 AM
If folks would like to come to my home during the day and recharge their cell phones or just want to relax a bit...check the internet or whatever, feel free to call 203-816-6179. We finally got our power and internet back up today (Thursday) and are more than willing to help our neighbors.
Jim November 02, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Would definately like to know what the issue is that is causing most of 25 to still be out.
Oldblooeyz November 02, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I can't believe we've suffered this same issue three times in a year and nothing has changed! First we need our elected officials to do their jobs! If you'd had the same issue at work would you still have a job? Remember this on election day! Until then, we need to be calling them and telling them all about our displeasure. There needs to be plans put into place for this situation. Resources should be in place before this happens. We know residents need shelter and respit. We know trees fall and lines break. We should contract out tree removal and eliminate those positions within the town. More will get done. If the town is responsible for the trees, then there needs to be a plan to take down every one within the town right of ways. If there is some collective barginning issue with the types of trees that needs to be sussed out. People are cold! We need to keep the library open late! We built it and need to use it. can towns people use the showers at the fire houses or Masuk? We need to reassess if CLP is the best choice and if not petition the CT DPU to move us over to UI.
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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