Eversource releases town-by-town power restoration times
By Pat Tomlinson and Tara O’NeillUpdated
Eversource announced Friday it expects most of its customers to have power restored by Sunday night.
Friday afternoon, United Illuminating announced nearly 99 percent of customers had power.
UPDATE: Our state-wide estimated restoration time is Sunday, 11 p.m. with many customers restored earlier. We will have town-by-town restoration times by the end of the day today. pic.twitter.com/CGYxDOiRdM— Eversource CT (@EversourceCT) March 9, 2018
As some in Connecticut still struggle in the dark, towns and cities continue to clear roadways and open warming centers and shower facilities.
A statement from United Illuminating spokesman Ed Crowder in response to Sen. Tony Hwang’s request for additional assistance with power restoration in Fairfield:
“UI has made significant progress in restoring service to customers in Fairfield and the other 16 towns and cities UI serves, with approximately 30,000 outages restored in less than 48 hours since the March 7 storm. We have already called in additional restoration teams from out-of-state, and expect them to arrive Saturday to assist in the final push to restore service to all of our customers. We recognize that extended outages are a hardship and appreciate customers’ patience as we enter the final phase of our restoration effort.”
Eversource has released town-by-town estimated restoration times. The full link can be found here: http://bit.ly/2Fv4acV.
Bethel - substantially complete
Brookfield - substantially complete
Danbury - Friday at 11:59 p.m.
Darien - Friday at 11:59 p.m.
Greenwich - substantially complete
Monroe - Saturday at 12 p.m.
New Canaan - Sunday at 11 p.m.
New Fairfield - Saturday at 12 p.m.
New Milford - Saturday at 12 p.m.
Newtown - Sunday at 8 p.m.
Norwalk - Sunday at 11 p.m.
Oxford - Saturday at 2 p.m.
Ridgefield - substantially complete
Seymour - substantially complete
Stamford - substantially complete
Weston - Sunday at 11 p.m.
Westport - Sunday at 11 p.m.
Wilton - Sunday at 11 p.m.
Westport police, fire and public works continues to work closely with Eversource and their contractors to clear roads and begin the restoration process, police said Friday evening.
Public works is working directly with Eversource throughout the night, with the goal of having all roads passable by the end of the evening.
“Actual cleanup of storm debris will not begin until Monday,” police said.
Anyone without power should submit a work order online. Each individual household must report their outage to ensure the power company makes all necessary repairs.
Sen. Tony Hwang wrote an letter to United Illuminating President and CEO Tony Marone on Friday, requesting more help be sent to Fairfield to speed along power restoration and cleanup efforts.
“The entire legislative delegation from Fairfield would like to request additional assistance for our town at this time,” Hwang wrote in his letter.
He stressed that he understands that UI is under pressure and working hard, but said Fairfield “was significantly impacted by this week’s storm.”
As of the time of Hwang’s writing, at 4 p.m., he said there were 185 outage events in town, 140 of which are single-customer outages.
“Cases such as pole replacements could still take a significant amount of time to resolve as these issues typically require two line trucks and up to 14 hours to repair ... I am asking for two additional makeshift work crews to be directed to the Fairfield area to assist the thousands of people who are still in the dark,” Hwang wrote.
There was no immediate response from UI.
United Illuminating reported 3,627 customers without power as of around 6:10 p.m. The following is a town-by-town breakdown of those without power...
Ansonia - 21
Bridgeport - 83
Derby - 17
Easton - 813
Fairfield - 1,151
Milford - 11
Orange - 15
Shelton - 495
Stratford - 56
Trumbull - 508
Eversource reported 37,961 customers without power as of around 6:02 p.m. The following is a town-by-town breakdown of those without power...
Bethel - 154
Brookfield - 51
Danbury - 681
Darien - 221
Easton - 9
Fairfield - 19
Greenwich - 438
Monroe - 139
New Canaan - 1,245
New Fairfield - 128
New Milford - 367
Newtown - 689
Norwalk - 1,374
Oxford - 107
Redding - 882
Ridgefield - 162
Seymour - 48
Stamford - 706
Weston - 1,273
Westport - 1,664
Wilton - 1,855
The following will be warming shelters, shower facilities and charging centers throughout the weekend as power restoration efforts continue throughout the state.
-Black Rock Church at 3685 Black Rock Turnpike. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as a warming shelter and charging center. Internet, light food and coffee will be provided.
-Bigelow Center for Senior Activities at 100 Mona Terrace. Open for those who need to charge their phones, use internet and get warm.
-Fairfield Recreation Department fitness center at 75 Mill Plain Road. Open from 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. as a shower facility. The lobby and conference room area will be used as a warming center and charging station.
-Fairfield Public Libraries. Open from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. as a warming and charging location.
Police said residents can go to malls, theaters, restaurants and museums for a brief break from the cold. Driving around in a car with heat will also keep you warm, police encouraged.
United Illuminating reported 3,845 customers without power as of around 5 p.m. The following is a town-by-town breakdown of those without power...
Ansonia - 21
Bridgeport - 81
Derby - 20
Easton - 861
Fairfield - 1,253
Milford - 11
Orange - 15
Shelton - 501
Stratford - 56
Trumbull - 548
Eversource reported 40,472 customers without power as of around 4:47 p.m. The following is a town-by-town breakdown of those without power...
Bethel - 157
Brookfield - 51
Danbury - 630
Darien - 234
Easton - 9
Fairfield - 19
Greenwich - 437
Monroe - 148
New Canaan - 1,201
New Fairfield - 269
New Milford - 364
Newtown - 693
Norwalk - 1,641
Oxford - 107
Redding - 878
Ridgefield - 163
Seymour - 47
Stamford - 811
Weston - 1,186
Westport - 1,733
Wilton - 1,854
The senior center will be open as a warming shelter until further notice. No showers are available at the center.
Easton EMS is open as a warming center until 6 p.m. Friday.
A charging station is available in the police department lobby 24/7. There is also fresh water.
The Helen Keller Middle School will be open until 7 p.m. Friday for showers. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday for showers. All necessary items — towels, flip flops and toiletries — should be brought.
Around 3 p.m., police said crews were working on Pound Ridge Road near Lost District Drive.
Portable water is available at the fire department at 238 Danbury Road. Water will be available daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents should bring their own water jugs.
There are still roughly 112 roads in town with downed trees, wires or both from Wednesday’s storm, police said. A full list can be found on the Wilton Police Department Facebook page.
Nearly 99 percent of United Illuminating customers have had their power restored, according to a news release from the company.
More than two-thirds of the remaining trouble spots are single-customer outages, the company said. Just 1.4 percent of UI customers remain without power in Connecticut.
“We’re proud of the tireless work by our restoration teams to bring back service to so many customers, but we realize there are still those who have been without power for nearly two days,” said Tony Marone, UI’s president and CEO. “We understand how disruptive this is to people’s lives, and we won’t stop working until everyone’s lights are back on.”
Restoration teams will have to visit the remaining sites that need to be repaired — many of which include broken poles and other damage. Despite a small percentage of customers needing restoration, UI still said total restoration might take days.
Any customer that hasn’t submitted an outage should report it to 800-722-5584. If there is any damage on the property owner’s side, it must first be restored by a licensed electrician before UI can reconnect power.
As of 2 p.m., a downed tree damaged power lines and forced Westport police to close an area of Sturges Highway.
Officers are on scene diverting northbound traffic onto Catamount Road. From there, motorists can take a left onto Sturges Highway and avoid the section of roadway that’s closed. Southbound drivers are able to turn left onto Sturges Highway and then right onto Catamount Road.
Roseville Road and North Avenue were also briefly closed earlier Friday morning because power lines and tree limbs make the road impassable. As of 2 p.m., the road was cleared, police said.
“The police department would like to reiterate that all town agencies are diligently working to alleviate these conditions in partnership with Eversource, however the damage still encompasses a large area throughout the town,” Westport police said.
Updates on the situation can be found on all Westport Police Department social media pages.
Police warn residents of the danger of moving caution tape or barricades.
“Should you come across these areas do not tamper with these safety measures, and remember that any downed power wire should always treated as energized,” police urged.
“Progress is going slower than expected,” in Fairfield, according to First Selectman Mike Tetreau.
As more than 1,500 remain without power in town, warming and charging center are available at Fairfield Public Libraries.
Shower facilities are available at the Parks and Recreation facility on Mill Plain Road.
The town website — www.fairifeldct.org/storm — will have further details, Tetreau said. UI should be notified of power outages or downed wires. Life-threatening emergencies should be reported to 911.
The United Illuminating Company is calling in reinforcements from Kansas to help crews in Fairfield and elsewhere around the state.
In Fairfield, there are currently 1,634 homes still without power as of 1:05 p.m. According to Fairfield’s Emergency Management team, United Illuminating has 17 power restoration crews at work in town along with one “Make Safe” crew to help with road clearing.
The additional, out-of-state crews will not be available until Saturday evening.
Wilton First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice called Eversource’s power restoration efforts in the wake of Wednesday’s snow storm “woefully inadequate” in a call to town residents Friday afternoon.
Vanderslice said that the three crews assigned by Eversource to Wilton are not enough to restore power to the town in a timely manner. The first selectwoman said she will be reaching out to try and obtain additional resources.
As of 12:45 p.m., 2,204 Wilton residents — nearly 30 percent of the town’s Eversource customers — are still without power.
Wednesday night’s snowstorm is already drawing parallels to Hurricane Sandy from Trumbull First Selectman Vicki Tesoro.
“The town experienced the same magnitude of tree and power line damage and road blockages as with Super Storm Sandy, but this storm included a significant heavy snowfall as well,” Tesoro wrote in a update to town residents.
According to the United Illuminating Company, there are still over 700 customers in Trumbull without power. Making matters worse, over 70 roads in town are still closed or partially closed due to trees and wires down.
“United Illuminating continue to work to restore power, but there is significant damage to wires, poles, and transformers, making repairs difficult and time consuming,” Tesoro said. “We are very concerned about the number of residents who remain without power, and town crews are working at the direction of United Illuminating to assist them in any way we can. We will continue to collaborate with them until all repairs are complete and power is restored to all customers.”
Warming centers have been opened at the Trumbull Mall, the Trumbull Library, and the Senior Center at Priscilla Place.
Tesoro also reminded residents to use generators responsibly, outdoors and well away from your home so carbon monoxide does not enter the structure. She also urged residents to clear snow away from fire hydrants, and check on the elderly and disabled in the neighborhood to ensure their safety.
Eversource announced that it expects to have all power restored around the state by 11 p.m. on Sunday, though they expect that most power will be restored earlier.
The company expects to post town-by-town restoration times by the end of the day Friday.
Bridgeport announced the city has lifted its snow emergency parking ban. The ban had been in place since Wednesday.
Metro-North officials have announced that the Danbury Branch Service Line is experiencing delays of 20 to 25 minutes due to mechanical difficulties in the vicinity of the Merritt 7 buildings in Norwalk.
The shelter at Brien McMahon High School will not be open Friday, as power continues to be restored to Norwalk residents.
As of 11 a.m., the number of Eversource customers without power has dipped below 2,000, and that number continues to drop. All South Norwalk Electric and Third Taxing district customers have power, according to Michele DeLuca, the deputy director of Norwalk’s Office of Emergency Management.
DeLuca said that those still in need of a warm place can go to the public libraries, which will serve as warming centers Friday.
The United Illuminating Company said that nearly 70 percent of the remaining outages are attributed to single customers. These outages, officials explained, require more time to remedy, which means the wait for power may be longer for these customers.
“Those specific outage times traditionally take longer to determine due to the individual nature of the outage. Please know, we are still working quickly to complete the task of identifying specific locations & times,” read the company’s official Twitter account.
United Illuminating serves municipalities from Fairfield to Hamden. As of 10:30 a.m., 5,785 customers are still without power.
It’s been more than 24 hours since Connecticut was rocked by a second nor’easter in under a week, and parts of the state are still on the mend.
As of 6 a.m. Friday, more than 60,000 Connecticut residents are still without power. In towns like Fairfield, Wilton and New Canaan, large swathes of the population are still cut off from aid by fallen trees and downed power lines.
Trees in the roads and yet unplowed streets have hindered power restoration efforts throughout the state, Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross said. With conditions as they are, Gross said that restoring power to customers could be a “multiday” process.
“Crews have been working nonstop since the storm. We appreciate your patience as we complete this challenging work,” read the Eversource official Twitter account.
In New Canaan, six areas in town remain entirely blocked of town. Police said crews will be on-scene working to clear those areas by the end of the day. As of 9 a.m., 1,341 homes in town, or 16 percent of customers, are still without power.
As officials work to restore power to the six percent of Greenwich residents still dealing with power loss, the Round Hill Church Community House, 397 Round Hill Road, will provide a “warm and friendly place” to those without power. Residents can get warm and charge their phones at the center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
Further north in Fairfield, nearly 7 percent of residents are still without power and dealing with dozens of blocked roads.
“They [United Illuminating] are predicting all will be restored by Saturday,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau said.
Clean-up efforts have been “particularly difficult” for road crews in Wilton where there is only one crew shift, meaning a single group of workers was responsible for prep work before the storm, plowing during the storm and clearing roads after the fact,” First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice said.
“We are fortunate we have such dedicated and selfless employees and volunteers,” said Vanderslice. “I'd remind residents, that as frustrating and stressful as it is for you, it is as stressful or more so for our employees who are in the field.”
Eversource officials said the company should have statewide estimated restoration times by Friday afternoon, and town-by-town restoration times by the end of the day.
Eversource and public works crews around the state have been on overdrive clearing road debris and restoring power after two nor’easters in less than a week, which resulted in nearly 300,000 power outages.
“We prepare for severe weather every day… These back-to-back to storms have presented multiple challenges to us, but we stay on the job for as long as it takes,” Gross said.
Though Eversource hasn’t reported any injuries related to downed lines, there are still numerous reports of downed lines throughout the state. Gross warned residents to steer clear of any downed lines.
“We’re reminding customers to always stay away from downed lines, and to assume that they, or any trees or branches near them, are energized and dangerous. If you see a downed wire, stay at least 10 feet away or further, and call 911,” he said.
Dangerous conditions around southwestern Connecticut have led many districts to close school for a second consecutive day. For a complete list of school closures, you can find a complete list here.
Despite the conditions in many municipalities, Metro-North has resumed a regular service schedule; however, they warned that delays could still be possible. As of 8:30 a.m., the Waterbury Branch Line is experiencing 15 to 20 minutes of delays.
The New Haven Line was also currently experiencing delays of up to 30 minutes due to earlier wire damage in the vicinity of Milford, according to DOT officials. As of 9 a.m., delays are still expected.
Flights arriving and departing at Bradley International Airport are also running on a normal schedule as of Friday morning.