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.

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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