First Selectman Steve Vavrek showed a reporter a map on the wall of his office at Monroe Town Hall to illustrate where power company crews have been working today. Tropical Storm Irene had knocked out power to 93 percent of Connecticut Light & Power's Monroe customers at one point, but that percentage has since been lowered to about 40, according to the first selectman.
"They are right here, in the middle of Webb Circle," Vavrek said, as his finger traced the line of the road on the map."
Vavrek said a tree that had fallen on wires on East Village Road and a blown transformer on Barn Hill Extension have been problem areas.
"A tree just fell on a line on Belle Vale Street," he said of another setback. "That affects the corridor by the Easton and Trumbull town lines."
Earlier today, a resident e-mailed Monroe Patch to say his wife had been told that once three trouble spots around Webb Circle and East Village Road were fixed it could restore power to 1,100 homes.
Vavrek, who had spoken with the woman, confirmed the information and attributed it to a Highway supervisor.
While at his desk, the first selectman answered a few phone calls that came in late Thursday afternoon, when one made his face light up. Someone told him that High Meadows just got its power back.