CL&P: 99% of Monroe Should Have Power by Midnight on Friday

Power has been restored to Marion Heights and High Meadows, Masuk Spirit Week and Homecoming moved up, Trunk or Treat and more.

Connecticut Light & Power announced this morning that those without power in Monroe is down to 42 percent. Nine line crews and nine tree crews are working in town today and 99 percent of Monroe is now expected to have their power back by midnight on Friday — two days earlier than the previous estimate.

Marion Heights and High Meadows on Monroe Turnpike now have power.

That news and the following information came out of the Emergency Management meeting at the Monroe Police Department this morning.

The Monroe Senior Center will be used as an emergency shelter around the clock through Saturday, at which point the need for it will be reevaluated.

Edith Wheeler Memorial Library is being used as a warming center today through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

The Garder Road Landfill will be open for green storm debris (not garbage) for its regular hours on Saturday. The hours will then be evaluated for next week.

Officials are still hoping to open all schools by Monday.

Due to field conditions, the Masuk High School Panthers football game scheduled for Saturday has been moved to Pomperaug High School in Southbury where the teams will face off at 7 p.m.

This week is normally Spirit Week leading up to the Homecoming game. Spirit Week has been moved up to the week of Thanksgiving and the holiday game between Masuk and Newtown will be Homecoming.

SATs are still scheduled at Masuk this Saturday.

Trunk or Treat

Halloween will be celebrated as Trunk or Treat at Wolfe Park this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Parents can bring candy for children there. Department of Public Works crews and CL&P are still seeing downed wires and trees throughout town, so this event is meant to provide a safe environment for children. More details may be coming out of the First Selectman's Office later today.

Burglars have taken advantage of non-functioning alarm systems and of people spending time away from home during the power outages, according to police, who said four burglaries have been reported on the east side of town since Saturday. Police urge residents to lock their doors.

Showers are available at the Lakewood Trumbull YMCA today through Friday from 5:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. and at Masuk High School from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Non-drinkable water is available at Stevenson Fire Station 2 on Monroe Turnpike and at the Monroe Police Department, 7 Fan Hill Road. Drinking water may be bought at local stores.

To report power outages, call CL&P at 800-286-2000.

If you see wires across the road or sparking wires, call the Monroe Police Department at 203-261-3622.

Do not touch any wires, because they may be live.

Brian McMahon November 04, 2011 at 05:46 PM
I think your generalizations that “violence gets results” and that “wars solve problems” are both wrong. I’d be willing to bet there are plenty of actual assault victims and families of fallen soldiers that would agree with me. But that’s not why I posted earlier. My problem with your post is that it was ultimately in response to RT25’s question to captrips which asked “what do you suggest we all do?”. Responding “violence”, whether you qualified your answer or not, is irresponsible and the last thing we need to make the power outages a bigger source of tension than they’ve already become. It would only take one unstable reader of your post to prove me out.
QWERTY November 04, 2011 at 06:02 PM
If you can provide me with a realistic, practical resolution, I'd be all for it. We all know our government and political system aren't setup in such a way to fix these problems. When people are treated like animals, they soon become them. I contacted numerous politicians (and CL&P) after Irene, only to be brushed aside by all of them. Imagine if a violent threat were made against Butler to meet his self imposed deadline...he would violate the company bankroll to make power ends meet. But in the today's world, he still gets paid his millions in salary. So instead of doing what's needed to restore power, he balances financials with restoration efforts. The governor, AG, local politicians...all matter not.
Michele Mount November 04, 2011 at 06:09 PM
There is the possibility of deregulating transmission of power, as well as, generation. That would be a matter for State Legislation. I have no opinion on that yet; I would have to do some serious research first. Anyone have an opinion or pros and cons of complete deregulation?
captrips November 04, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Pro: Competition generally, and I stress the word generally, allows for the best product at the best price. The basic tenet of free market capitalism. Con: Deregulation of transmission and the Pro I listed above ignore the argument of barriers to entry and the definition of the word free, in free market capitalism. Let's start with barriers to entry. There would have to be an economically feasible way for another entity to compete with the existing supplier. I'm assuming the wing-to-wing transmission infrastructure is owned or under the contractual control of CL&P. As such, a competitor would have to figure out a way to deliver power via new infrastructure or using CL&P's assets. I wouldn't think new infrastructure could be cost feasible (barrier to entry) and why would CL&P allow a competitor to use it's assets? Unless of course government bought the assets via a market purchase; negotiated or via eminent domain. I don't know if there is any precedent for eminent domain in this arena or if it's realistic. As for the definition of the word free, we all know that there really isn't true, free competition and based on the rampant greed and manipulative games played by the financial services industry resulting in the 2008 crash, there probably shouldn't be. Unfortunately greed ruins the free in free markets. However, your suggestion is a good one and maybe there is a way to motivate a change in CL&P with a viable, competitive threat. Merely one opinion...
Brian McMahon November 04, 2011 at 06:56 PM
So if you discourage it...."I'm not recommending it"....and you think it is wrong...."I'm not implying it's the right thing to do"....then what was your point in mentioning violence and stating it "gets results" in the first place?


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