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Monroe's Central Hub for All things Hurricane Sandy

This article will constantly be updated with links to new stories and information on the storm, road closings, power outages and Code Red Alerts.

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Update: Tuesday, 3:50 p.m. First Selectman Steve Vavrek highly recommends that nobody go trick or treating on Halloween because of extremely unsafe conditions in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The CL&P Outage Map shows 6,887 of its Monroe customers without power or 87%, which is down from 90% this morning.

Lots of photos here: Hurricane Sandy Day 2: The Aftermath

Update: Tuesday, 10:03 a.m. CL&P's outage map shows 100% of Monroe customers are without power.

Town officials and emergency responders met behind closed doors at 9 a.m. and a Code Red alert with information for residents should come out later this morning.

A long line at the Dunkin Donuts at the corner of Elm Street and Route 111 went out the door and along the sidewalk. Only coffee is being served.

Saw cars in the parking lot of Stop & Shop on Route 111 and the traffic lights are working. Big Y is probably open too, but haven't checked.

Hurricane Sandy: 6,724 Monroe Customers Without Power

Update: Monday, 8:08 p.m. A woman on the Stepney side of town went into labor tonight and was taken to the hospital.

Update: Monday, 7:13 p.m.

Water pressure was lost at Monroe Town Hall.

Catching up with road updates:

Webb Circle is closed at #230 with trees and wires down.

Route 25 is closed at Ace Hardware with wires down.

Perry Drive is closed at 222 Purdy Hill Road with a tree down.

Hattertown Road is closed at #100 with a tree blocking the road.

A tree and wires are down on Cottage Street which is closed.

A tree is in the road in the 500-block of Barn Hill Road.

A tree and wires are down at 228 Newtown Road.

A tree and wires are down at 105 Hammertown Road.

Wires are in the roadway at 1311 Monroe Turnpike.

A tree and wires are down at 37 Pepperridge Road.

Update: Monday, 6:41 p.m. Winds are maintaining speed of 40 mph with gusts as high as 63 mph.

Update: Monday, 6:30 p.m. Monroe firefighters are assisting on a call in Easton, where a tree fell on top of a firefighter.

Seventy-five percent of Monroe is without power now.

Update: Monday, 6:17 p.m. A tree fell on a house on Fan Hill Road.

A tree also fell on a substation on Fan Hill Road.

Update: Monday, 6:09 p.m. Residents on Meadows End Road and Webb Circle reported losing power.

Update: Monday, 6:03 p.m. Police said 42% of Monroe is now without power.

Update: Monday, 5:33 p.m. Monroe police and firefighters have been pulled off of the roads because of heavy winds. Will only go out for serious emergencies — for now.

Lynn Drive lost power.

Update: Monday, 5:33 p.m. CL&P crews off the road due to powerful winds.

Blanket Meadow Road and Old Newtown Road is without power.

 

CL&P Took Crews Off the Road Due to Powerful Wind…

Update: Monday, 4:43 p.m. As of 4:43 p.m.: CL&P Outage Map shows 887 Monroe customers without power.

Other roads news: The traffic light at Stanley Road and Route 59 is out. And there are trees on wires in the 900-block of Monroe Turnpike and a tree on wires in the 130-block of Wheeler.

337 Wheeler Road has been opened up after a fallen tree was removed.

Update: Monday, 4:20 p.m. A visitor to Monroe Patch's Facebook page told me she heard that Pepper Street lost power.

Update: Monday, 4:16 p.m. Before giving a new batch of road updates, police remind people to stay off the roads during the storm. Here's the updates:

 Purdy Hill Road is closed at Doc Silverstone Drive with a tree on wires.

Wheeler Road is closed at the 140-block with a tree on wires.

Wheeler Road is closed at Winthrop Place because wires are down.

There is a partial blockage at 29 Wheeler Road with a tree on wires.

Update: Monday, 3:58 p.m. Quarry Ridge Road lost power.

Update: Monday, 3:50 p.m. Sholz Road has been cleared.

A tree on wires was reported in the 300-block of Route 110.

Update: Monday, 3:50 p.m. CL&P Outage Map shows 330 of its 7,906 Monroe customers are without power.

Update: Monday, 3:45 p.m. One more area with a power outage, according to Facebook visitors: Purdy Hill Road near the Post Office.

Late Afternoon Photos and Video from Sandy

Update: Monday, 3:37 p.m. Wires are down across the road on the 110 side of Wheeler Road.
There is a tree branch on wires at Church and Fan Hill, but no road blockage.
Scholz Road, tree across the road, blockage.
Tree down on a portion of Cutlers Farm Rd, open to one lane in that area.
Wheeler and Pamela, tree and wires down, full blockage across the road.

Traffic light at Purdy Hill Road and Route 111 is out.

Update: Monday, 2:57 p.m. Residents visiting on the Monroe Patch Facebook page tell us there are power outages on Bradley Drive and Walnut Street.

Update: Monday, 2:49 p.m. There's a report of low hanging wires on Purdy Hill Road. Police say it's passable for most traffic with the exception of big trucks.

Update: Monday, 2:44 p.m. CL&P's Outage map now shows 173 Monroe customers are without power.

Update: 2:14 p.m. According to CL&P's Outage Map, 46 Monroe customers are without power.

Hurricane Sandy Blows Into Monroe [VIDEO]

Update: Monday, 1:51 p.m. A tree is down at 33 Walnut Street.

The daily Code Red message can be reviewed by calling (203) 452-2830 X 1328

This will work as long as the Avaya phone system is up and running.

Update: 1:45 p.m.: Jenny Ridge Lane has been cleared.

A highway crew is working to clear the north end of Old Zoar Road near 111 from a tree and wires that went down.

Update: Monday, 1:32 p.m. A tree is down on Jenny Ridge Lane at Teller Road, one lane is open.

 

Update: Monday, 12:10 p.m. Police sent out a Code Red saying the peak of the storm will be this afternoon. They ask everyone to stay off the roads.

Code Red: Sandy's Coming! Stay Off the Roads

Emergency Shelter has One Guest and a Pet Lizard so Far

 

The peak of Hurricane Sandy is supposed to be Monday night continuing into Tuesday morning and this article will serve as the central hub for all news on the storm with info and story links. It will be a good article to bookmark.

What we know so far in town:

WiFi was being installed at the senior center at around 11 a.m. and should be up within minutes. Guests will not need a password to access it.

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce luncheon featuring First Selectman Steve Vavrek has been cancelled. It had been scheduled for Tuesday at McGowan's Pizzaland at noon.

Monroe Public Schools will be closed until Wednesday.

Monroe Town Hall offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday with only "essential personnel" coming in.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has extended the in-person voter registration period until Thursday, Nov. 1. Previously the deadline was Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The Monroe Senior Center is open as an emergency shelter as of 8:30 a.m. on Monday. Pets are allowed in carriers with proof of vaccinations for rabies. Guests are asked to bring their own bedding.

Police ask that all political signs and other signs and decorations be removed so they cannot become airborne and dangerous during Sandy's heavy winds.

Recycling pickup has been moved to Wednesday.

Trumbull mall is closed on Monday.

The Town Council meeting has been postponed either to Wednesday for Thursday — depending on the weather conditions.

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Life By The Green October 30, 2012 at 09:00 PM
5 out of state power crews were staged at the Masonic Temple for 24 hours, left at 3:30 today without even glancing at the blown transformers and downed wires around the green. CL&P strikes again - and enough with the "not safe". There hasn't been a 15 mph gust in this part of town since daybreak.
jim laguardia October 31, 2012 at 03:13 AM
LBTG even my daughter said why are they sitting there, and not working? I told her I think they are just on lunch break. I hope they were not not sitting there all day.... I guess they were??
Life By The Green October 31, 2012 at 01:34 PM
They indeed sat idle all day - and as they finally roared down our street I hoped they were heading to Old Tannery to work on the mess in front of the old Schulz place or maybe the Fan Hill substation or the blown transformer just north of the green on 111.... All of which were in plain sight from their staging area, but no. They were headed out of town. When the CT Guard convoy rolled by I was thinking, now we're getting somewhere. Saw them again an hour later but they also moved on elsewhere.
76R October 31, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Saw the same thing. I believe I counted 6 trucks yesterday at about 12.30... Looked like they were chillin shootin the breeze a bit; getting paid some OT.
Rt25 October 31, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Well, according to their website outage map, they have restored electricity to 220 folks today compared with more than 2,000 folks in Newtown. At this ratio it will t ake 36 days before all of us are back on line. Isn't this just splendid!

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