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CODE RED: CL&P Has 8 Crews in Monroe Working to Restore Power

Sixty-percent of Monroe is still without power as of Friday morning.

The following is a Code Red Notification sent out by the Monroe Police Department and Emergency Management on Friday morning:

Approximately 60% of Monroe remains without power. There are currently eight crews from CL&P working to restore the power. Please 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 inoculations is required. If you are able to plan alternative 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 through the weekend, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., as a warming station and a place to recharge computers and phones. The Masuk Media Center is also open for charging and wifi Saturday 12:30 to 8 p.m.

The Monroe School System will be closed for the remainder of the week. School 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 Wolfe Park, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and at Masuk High School on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please use the auxiliary gym entrance.

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

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.

QWERTY November 02, 2012 at 03:45 PM
8 crews?! CL&P claims they have 5,000 people working on restoration and Monroe can only get 8 crews?!
John F. November 02, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Newtown has 20 additional crews coming today.
QWERTY November 02, 2012 at 03:57 PM
And what are these crews doing? Trees? Lines? My circuit has lines down. I can't imagine it would take a single two-man crew more than 4 hours to repair them and get power back to 250 people. That seems like a pretty fair trade-off. My entire neighborhood is damage-free except for this one section. The other areas on my grid have buried power lines.
muscari23 November 02, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I cannot believe we had 2 crews up until yesterday and now we are suppose to celebrate that we have 8 crews on the fifth day of the black-out. Where are our representatives? They are certainly not advocating for Monroe. What a shame with the taxes we pay!
LC November 02, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Where are the 8 crews? Has anyone seen them today?
Scotty November 02, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I want to know how it has been reported that all of rt.25 bis now have power and I am right off of 25 in Stepney and I am still out ?????
Alan Newton November 02, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I agree Scotty. I am right off 25 as well, no trees or down wires. why do we not have power? Our selectman says most of our power comes from newtown? Thank God, because they have 3 times as many crews as we do. They have 20 additional crews, we have 8 total? This is unacceptable.
JM November 02, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Per CL&P, my house will have power by 4:30pm and we are off Hattertwon rd in Monroe.
John F. November 02, 2012 at 07:16 PM
So they say JM, so they say :)
JM November 02, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Gotta have faith. Malloy has lowered the hammer and I think CL&P fears the financial penalties. I'm feeling optimistic.
Tim Garaffa November 02, 2012 at 07:37 PM
How did you get that estimate? Calling?
JM November 02, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Checked online with my account #. Sounds like from other comments I have seen that it is realistic. Other areas around me are up.
QWERTY November 02, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Same here. While I'll believe it when I see it, what's the point of taking 5 days to give an estimate that's only useful for 6 or 7 hours? Tell me 4 days ago that my power would be out until Friday.
LC November 02, 2012 at 07:50 PM
For those on lower Elm, Scenic Hill, etc... I spoke with CL & P rep. & she told me that we will most likely get power back on Tuesday due to significant damage. Funny because I don't see any lines down or trees down in that area anywhere. This is most disappointing.
Nanda November 02, 2012 at 07:59 PM
LC - I hope that is not for real. I live on Flint Ridge and agree that the damage seems minimal in comparison to other areas. Aargh!
KikiMoon November 02, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Just got power back on Blue Hills Rd.
LC November 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Agree @Nanda- there are no lines or trees down on our roads. It seems like we just need a switch flipped and we're back to civilization. 4 more days of dark & cold.
Nanda November 02, 2012 at 08:21 PM
@LC - thanks for the ino - the Rep at CL&P actually gave you an estimate for lower elm/scenic hill? When I called earlier couldn't get the rep to give out any guesstimates
Maggie November 02, 2012 at 08:25 PM
yes. on Elm street and Purdy hill Rd.
LC November 02, 2012 at 08:27 PM
@ Nanda- the rep specifically asked if we live off Elm- & of course we do on Scenic Hill. Perhaps somewhere on Elm is the problem? She said to call back tomorrow as the estimates could change. (Hopefully for the better?)
QWERTY November 03, 2012 at 12:48 AM
What are you considering "lower elm"? I just drove by and Jays Road neighborhood, off Elm, has power.
LC November 03, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Sorry @ Qwerty- I mean those streets heading towards Fawn Hollow- Red Coat, Flint Ridge, Scenic Hill, etc... all in the dark tonight :(
Stephanie G November 03, 2012 at 12:09 PM
As of last night looks like anything on Elm north of Church Street (where the tree came down) is still affected. Maybe I'll try calling CL&P today and see if they can give a restoration estimate.
Big Boy November 03, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Wheeler Road from 111 to Hammertown is up since last night around 7:00
Joe November 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM
If anyone needs to borrow a generator I may have mine available if my in laws don"t need it. We got power back last night.
Stephanie G November 03, 2012 at 01:09 PM
According to the CL&P web site, our power here on Elm is expected to be restored this morning (11/3) by 9:45am. Fingers crossed.
LC November 03, 2012 at 01:31 PM
@ Stephanie- that estimate is more reasonable than a Tuesday estimate but I just drove down Elm and there are no trucks! Fingers still crossed for this morning.
Stephanie G November 03, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Well, now their web site is saying power will be back by Tuesday 11/6 at noon. Just in time for the next nor'easter to blow through.
Stephanie G November 03, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Power restored about 30 min ago!

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