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Monroe Restoration – What I want to hear

Questions I would like town officals to answer

Like most people I would like to know when my house will have power.  However, since that is not possible here is what I would like to hear during the next code red message:

1)      How many roads in Monroe remain fully blocked off due to trees, wires, or for some other reason?

2)      How many roads are partially blocked?  That is, how many roads are passable but have at least one lane blocked so that a vehicle must enter the wrong lane in order to proceed through the area.

3)      How many “trouble spots” (breaks in the line, trees on the line, etc) on 3-phase electric utility wires is there that require a line crew to repair?

4)      How many “trouble spots” on single phase electric utility wires are there?

5)      What are the top five “trouble spots”, or situations, including issues from outside of Monroe, that are currently impacting the restoration of power to significant clusters of Monroe residents. 

Provide the answers to these questions every 6 hours and maybe people would begin to understand what progress is being made.

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jim laguardia November 01, 2012 at 01:41 AM
One other question... What areas are these supposed crews are working? If like S.V. said in the last article our contact at CL&P is doing such a great job that should be another easy answer.
Nicole Lupo November 01, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Ditto. Knowing where the crews are working in town each day and what their focus areas are each day would be nice. I actually reside in Oxford and our Red Code Alert tonight included this information and also what areas of town were next to be worked on. My parent's and mother in law are in Monroe and would appreciate that information so that they can be better prepared and know how to plan accordingly.
Sean November 01, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I've been asking for the plan for 3 storms now, via Patch, social media, and direct e-mails to SV's office, all of which get ignored. You would assume there is a tactical approach that is being taken to this, why is it so "Top Secret"?
Malcolm Bell November 01, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Heck any type of daily update would be nice. Are there a few major problems or lots of little ones? I'd the work random our where are they focusing? I'd be happy with a 5, 7, 10 day rough estimate! Haven't heard boo about anything from anyone!
John F. November 01, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Our town reps and leaders at their finest. When all we look for is information, Vavrek and Hovey go silent. Not good for Hovey with an election less than a week away.
D. Sickles November 01, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Incredible how Vavrek and the Planning and Zoning would not allow CL&P to set up a station here in Monroe at the vacant Stevenson site. They continue to make poor decisions that hurt our community. When will Monroe residents begin to hold these people accountable?
I am paying attention November 01, 2012 at 11:02 AM
From the CT Post: DAMAGE: Fifteen homes have significant property damage from trees coming through their roofs, and a couple have been crushed by trees. Monroe did not experience any flooding, but did have some arching wires that caught fire during Hurricane Sandy. At least 30 roads are impassible because of downed trees and wires. One hundred trees came down during the hurricane. The parts of Monroe that suffered the most extensive damage are the East Village and Webb Mountain areas. SCHOOLS: All of Monroe’s schools will remain closed for the rest of the week. CLEAN-UP: Monroe has 10 crews, which include include 2 CL&P electricians/linemen and outside contractors working with CL&P from Tennessee and Georgia, a Town of Monroe Department of Public Works crew coordinating the work. Traffic lights are out at the intersection of Purdy Hill Road and Route 111. The town has put in a four-way stop sign there and motorists approaching the intersection where the U.S. Post OFfice and Walgreen’s drug store are located are urged to use caution when traveling through the intersection.
Alan Newton November 01, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Parts of 25 are out. Which is very strange to me. There are patches of power up and down this major road in town. If they can't get power to route 25, it will be a long road ahead for all of us I feel. My goodness. This is a joke.
I am paying attention November 01, 2012 at 11:28 AM
@Alan... Why is this a joke? We are on day 3 after a significant storm that produced more down trees/line than Irene. These people are working to get you power, please be patient.. its not easy, it is dangerous work and yes, I am without power as well. I understand the frustration, but looking at the bigger picture I fared far better than people along the shore. As long as there are trees, they will fall. And you cant get rid of all the trees. Just take a deep breath, and be glad you still can.
Amanda Kaye Tiberio November 01, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I am in the east village/ webb mountain area. If we were. The hardest hit area why have there been no crews out here?
Nicole Lupo November 01, 2012 at 11:59 AM
I called CL&P this morning and the Monroe Police Department again this morning not so much becaus of still not having power but because on Day 3 Sunrise Terrace is still blocked by trees and downed wires. All we are asking is for the road to be cleared so that we can get out in an emergency or that am ambulance or fire truck could get up which at this time they would not be able too. There is no other way onto our street. I was told by CL&P to be "comforted" knowing that there are tons of people who are trapped and unable to get out and that it is up to the Town of Monroe to clear the road before CL&P can touch the lines. I called the Monroe Police Department who said it is not up to them but up to CL&P to address the lines first and then they can work on clearing the roads. I am truly understanding that we are very lucky to have our home and our lives but in the same breath since there was no flooding in Monroe we are just asking for our street to be accessable.
Monroe Mom November 01, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Reply to D. Sickles. CL@P never wanted to set up any station here. They wanted and were approved for a storage area for poles, wires, etc. for new transmission lines they want to install, none having to do with Monroe. CL@P approval is contigent from the CT Siting Council.
Eric November 01, 2012 at 12:49 PM
It's amazing to see how quickly they're getting power back to the "wealthy" communities of the southwest coast where they had some of the most extensive damage. Why are they being alotted so many resources, when a large number of their homes and businesses will be uninhabitable for the forseeable future. Why are we always one of the last communities to have our power needs addressed/
Tony Scott November 01, 2012 at 01:16 PM
It absolutely amazes me that the first priority in town was not to clear the roads of downed wires and trees, at least making every road in town passable for emergency vehicles and residents. Can an elected official please explain the thought process behind that?
Citizen November 01, 2012 at 11:19 PM
You really need to get your facts straight before posting. Or don't the facts support your anti-administration position? The CL&P application for the Stevenson Lumber sites was approved. Check it out, it's a matter of public record.
I am paying attention November 02, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Tony, there is a coordinated effort to remove trees that are blocking the roadways. There are literately hundreds of tree down with wires entangled in them. In order to safely remove the trees, they have to first make sure the lines are dead, then have the line crew remove the wires. Since safety is is of utmost importance, this is not a fast process. There is not a road in Monroe that is 100% blocked without an alternative route for emergency vehicles to make their way around. The crews are working as fast and SAFELY as possible.
Oldblooeyz November 02, 2012 at 12:11 PM
The town should hire private contractors and charge it back to CLP
ldes November 02, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Wow. All you people do is complain. Go get on a ladder and work a 14 hour shift. Do you think people are actually just sitting around doing nothing? Do you think CL&P just wants you to sit in the dark? Seriously - are you people all that dumb? There is a process, people are working and trying to work safely. That takes time. And of course there are errors in judgement and some confusion - but c'mon this is a HUGE undertaking. And my guess is that everyone is trying their best in earnest.
Eric November 02, 2012 at 02:56 PM
The issue I have isn't with the line workers and tree removal companies, cuz those individuals are busting their butts day in and day out. The problem is the corporate mentality of these huge monopolies like CL&P. So what if they take their time getting little towns like Monroe up and running. We have no where else to go, so we're stuck with their shoddy management. It would be nice to know that these companies have competent people running the show. It's my experience that the guys working in the streets have a better idea of how to work things, but get their orders from the idiots in the suits sitting in a warm cushy office.
Twisted Pumpkin November 02, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Poor town management = poor results.
Michael Palosky November 02, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Hi Eric, First let me say this, there are very wealthy people in Monroe, off Hattertown road, onto Blanket Meadow and that area, you will find houses 3, 4 and 5 thousand square feet with all the amenities. Yes, pockets still remain somewhat blue collar but Monroe is home to business men who stand to make a fortune off the storm, pity is in short supply. This is part of class warfare, the haves get served first so that they can serve those that have even more than they do. Second and more important, when a relay station in under or in standing water Crews cannot and should not be working until the area is drier and safe. Due to the air temp being colder the water is not dissipating at as quick rate it would in warmer weather. When there are so many tens of thousands of houses it is difficult to navigate through the trees and downed lines. These situations can be expected to happen more often as the Climate has obviously been affected by our life styles, do you know what it takes to support these McMansions? Energy. Get used to the wealthy elitists, it may get even worse. Great observation on your part.
muscari23 November 02, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I agree with both Eric and Twisted Pupkin. Don't confuse the issues. Our problem is not with the workers but with our ineffective politicians and CL&P. No one is blaming anyone for the storm but why is Monroe at the bottom of the priority list for restoration. The answer is clear. It is because our town selectman and other representatives voices and actions are quite weak. Look how Ridgefield got quick service!
D. Sickles November 02, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Once again, Monroe politicians prove themselves inadequate of handling this situation. Please Monroe Republican Committee, please stop putting college flunkees, high school flunkees, farmers who operate failed business, liquor salesman in charge of running our town. We can and deserve better.
Michael Palosky November 02, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Very well stated "I am paying attention". Thank you.
Michael Palosky November 02, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Television, X box, Computers, are priorities to many? How about learning what to do when the lights go out...Survival of the fittest will never be based on electricity. Get a grip on yourselves.
Michael Palosky November 02, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Wrong. Power is a business, not an elected entity. In a free market this is how things work. Do I agree? No. Would I like to see things work with more fluidity? Yes. More than this though I would like to see people be more patient during these times, and use this time to be creative?
Citizen November 03, 2012 at 05:00 PM
@ D. Sickles Sounds like you have all the answers. Will your name be on the next ballot? Put up or shut up.

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