CODE Red: No School for the Rest of the Week, Halloween Postponed

CL&P reports that about 87% of Monroe is without power.

Update: First Selectman Steve Vavrek postponed trick or treating until Friday, Nov. 9.

The following is a Code Red Notification that went out to residents this morning with information and instructions as Monroe recovers from Hurricane Sandy:

Good morning, today is Wednesday October 31, 2012. This is a Code Red
emergency notification message from the Monroe Police Department and
Monroe Emergency Management.

Hurricane Sandy has left approximately 87% of the town 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. Be aware that power may be lost for short periods of times as workers shut down an area to repair lines.

The Senior Center, 235 Cutlers Farm Rd, 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 inoculation is required. If you are able plan alternate
sheltering, this would be helpful. Drinking water is available at the Senior Center, but you must bring your own container. Non-potable water is available from a hose in the back parking lot of the Library and at Stevenson Fire Station 2. You will need your own containers.

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.

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

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

Christine E. October 31, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Everyone elses numbers go down, ours go up. I realize they have to shut down portions of town to work on lines, but our town has not shown any progress since the storm, while others have shown significant progress. Every town seems to have multiple crews...ours always seems to have one. I get the feeling our representatives just sit around twiddling their thumbs while others are working hard for their constituents. See State Rep John Frey of Ridgefield - then you'll see what a hard working state rep looks like.
Bullmastiff October 31, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Dear Town Officials, You should be absolutely embarrassed for putting this Code Red announcement out. Two line crews and 1 tree crew in a town with 100% of its residents without power is unacceptable. Start garnering the respect of CL&P immediately for real change! One Pi**ed Off Taxpayer
LC October 31, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I just called steve vavreks office. His secretary said there are now 10 crews working in town to restore critical areas. She said expect at least a few more days withpout power. Nothing we didn't know but I was hoping for better news. Doom & gloom again!
Christine E. October 31, 2012 at 07:03 PM
What deems an area "critical"?
LC October 31, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Perhaps in the mind of the town - rt 111 and rt 25 were the "critical" areas?
Bullmastiff October 31, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Mr. Vavrek must have made a phone call - Monroe now only has 98% without electricity!!! Anyone see any of these 10 crews on our roads?
Dee October 31, 2012 at 07:22 PM
One definition of "critical" is any building that is a polling place for the election. By law, the election cannot be postponed so they need these places opened in time for next Tuesday.
Walt October 31, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I know who I'm voting for - anyone who is not an incumbent
tmb October 31, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Funny, because I live on rt25 and I still don't have power!
Christine E. October 31, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Is there a law that states one must have full power in a building in order to cast a vote?
anon October 31, 2012 at 08:30 PM
i read something on FB that said showers are not available yet ... didn't say not ever, just not yet :(
anon October 31, 2012 at 08:32 PM
i drove around my area a little bit this morning and didn't see any workings ... not one :(
DBACK October 31, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Can we please stop electing farmers and hillbillies for town officials. We need to be in the 21st century and make progress, not live in the past.
LC October 31, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Looks like we're at 81% as of right now. Congrats to those who are restored & fingers crossed for those of us still waiting. I hope the person that Karen spoke to in town about the 7- 10 days was misinformed!
Nugget October 31, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Is anyone else tired of driving around our " behind the times town" after storms and looking at dowed trees for 3 days. Trees that are on main roads, power lines down with no tape. I can't wait for Election Day, and vote for anyone running to replace all whom we have in office now
QWERTY October 31, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I believe the town was at 85% this morning. 4% improvement along with roads still blocked means bad news for Monroe.
Walt October 31, 2012 at 10:10 PM
The problem is that we devote nearly all the towns money to the BOE and very little to other town services. How can you expect a couple of skeleton crews to take care of the whole town? There should have been calls made to private tree services PRIOR TO THE STORM LOCKING THEM IN AT A GOOD RATE TO ENSURE THAT THEY WOULD BE HERE after the storm. This town really is Podunk like Mayberry. Barney Fife is runnin' the place and Ain't Bea is our representayshun in the county seat. Golllyyeeee!
D. Sickles October 31, 2012 at 10:29 PM
You are correct DBACK. I'm tired of elected officials who are drop outs and failures running our town. Hillbillies and farmers who operate failing business are not acceptable. Hard to believe we had the opportunity to have a CL&P station at Stevenson but it was rejected because a member of the Planning and Zoning insists that Monroe is a farming community? PEOPLE OF MONROE WAKE UP! STOP ELECTING FAILURES!
Theresa October 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Town officials are dropping the ball again! 9 days out of power last time, still out now with not a line crew in sight. They should be utterly ashamed of themselves. Get on the phone Vavrek & get Monroe some more crews!!!! Small children, an elderly mother-in-law, and a husband out of town at a conference until Fri nite. I'm just disgusted and embarrassed to say I'm from Monroe.
Kathy November 01, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Could everyone stop their bellyaching. This was a disaster that affected millions and millions of people. Just be thankful you are safe and have no damage. Check out these pictures from Fairfield https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.413160518737214.99679.379653075421292&type=1
Walt November 01, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Koombaya koombaya
Walt November 01, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Kathy, Monroe IS an embarrassment, they just want the step ford families to contribute their taxes and shut up. Don't provide anything but the most basic of services and hope the lemmings continue to vote the status quo.
jim laguardia November 01, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Sorry the BoE budget has nothing to do with this. This is all about poor management poor planning and poor execution of emergency persons, a bunch of trucks sat idle for hours yesterday a stones throw away from town hall and did nothing. Literally if someone came out of town hall and threw some stones at them they at least would have moved
that's what she said November 01, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Oh, Kathy, thanks for the input. How worthwhile. No one here is saying: Hey, take the crews away from Fairfield and bring them to Monroe!!! YEAH!!! ...no. It's just apparent that even though we are among one of the greatest power outages numbers in the state, that seems to be irrelevant to both our town representatives and CL&P. I'd be curious to find out how many crews Newtown has. I mean, they weren't swimming in water like Fairfield and yet their restoration numbers are leaping--it seems--by the hour. OBVIOUSLY towns like Fairfield and Greenwich and Westport are going to get the attention they need and deserve, but I think it's safe to say three trucks total is straight up neglect.
LC November 01, 2012 at 12:56 AM
We moved to my parents house in Newtown because our home was quite cold tonight & I had the opportunity to hear the first selectwoman Pat Llodra's nightly message. She mentioned roads that were next to be restored, areas that had already been restored and what she spoke to cl & p about. I would love to hear anything like this from Mr. Vavrek. We are kept in the dark here in Monroe (literally!) and it just adds to the frustration. What is he doing to help the people of Monroe?
Kim Collins November 01, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Very sorry for the devestation and for everyone's suffering. We fortunately had our power restored late afternoon, had a small neighborhood get together for Halloween and then had the "pleasure" of a group of older kids attempt to deface our home and take decorations. Parents- get your kids inside, it is dangerous out there- and with no school, they are looking for something to do. I'm hoping the next few days are more positive in our neighborhood.
Nugget November 01, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I don't think anyone will hear from vavereck. The last two storms we were the last street to be fixed or even looked at. 5 days with trees and power lines all over the roads. Not even a truck to stop and pull them to the side. Having learned nothing from the last storm, we still have trees all over the roads 3 days later. And to make the town look even better you can see Monroe's finest sitting in parking lots in each of their cars talking and talking wasting our tax dollars while the least they could do is pull a small tree off the road or clear some branches, I mean isn't their motto " to serve and protect?" Where is that, when they drive around small obstructions because they are late for a late night rendevous in the whitney farms parking lot. Living in montoe for so many years you become used to that, useless law enforcement along with useless town officials.I feel bad for everyone that lives in vaverecks neighborhood, they will be the last to get the power back
QWERTY November 01, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Amazing how cleanly cut and organized the tree logs are outside of town hall in the picture above. 50 roads are/were blocked according to Vavrek yet the town managed to find the resources to somehow cleanup town hall. Amazing resource management! Vavrek has to work there so clearly it's going to be priority #1...to hell with the rest of us. And could the town get a damn cop or two on 111 to direct traffic?! 10 minutes to travel from Home Depot to Purdy Hill Road.
Citizen November 01, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Please get your facts straight. CL&P's application to use the Stevenson Lumber property was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. They plan to house equipment on that site for the replacement of towers on their transmission lines going out of the Stevenson Dam Power Station, not local line crews. D. Sickles, I'll be looking for your name on the ballot for the next municiple election. Sounds like you have all the answers.
Oldblooeyz November 01, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I can't believe there was so little learned or anticipated from last year! CLP and the town need to take a more aggressive stance in preserving, maintaining and restoring our power grid.


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