MONROE, CT — Eversource will release an estimated time frame for power to be restored to most of its Connecticut customers later tonight, according to company officials who spoke with First Selectman Ken Kellogg and State Rep. J.P. Sredzinski earlier Thursday.
Eversource says Tropical Storm Isaias caused more damage to the electrical distribution system than Superstorm Sandy. Since 7 p.m., the energy company reported 5,669 outages in Monroe, approximately 71 percent of the town.
In an update also sent out as a Code Red alert Thursday evening, Kellogg said, while on the call with Eversource, he and Sredzinski emphasized the importance of maintaining power company resources in Monroe to clear town roads for emergency vehicles and safe travel, and asked for improved coordination and communication regarding the restoration process.
“There are Eversource crews in town,” Kellogg said. “Eversource has stated that they are bringing in significant out of state resources, and will be accelerating their efforts statewide. We have been told to expect that a global estimated restoration timeframe for Connecticut will be provided later this evening.”
The first selectman said Monroe’s first responders have answered several emergency calls for carbon monoxide alarms.
He reminds homeowners to always operate generators outdoors and as far from the house as possible, keeping it away from doors, windows and air vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Town Hall phone lines have been restored. Kellogg asks residents to use the dispatch center’s non-emergency number, 203-261-3622, to report storm related concerns, and only use 911 in an emergency.
Among other information included in the update:
- Tonight’s Planning & Zoning Commission was cancelled due to internet and cellular communications challenges that would affect the ability for both commissioners and the public to fully participate.
- Wolfe Park (including the pool), Great Hollow Lake, and Webb Mountain remain closed due to extensive tree damage, blocked access, lack of power, and unsafe conditions.
- Tomorrow evening’s summer concert at Wolfe Park has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
- Water is available from a hose at the Senior Center, Monroe Police Department in the vehicle bay area near the library, and at the fire stations on upper Main Street, Monroe Turnpike, and Jockey Hollow Road.
- A charging station is available at the Town Hall Gazebo and from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside the Library. WiFi access is also available from outside the library building. Residents are asked to practice social distancing and wear a mask when others are in the area.Further updates and the status of Town facilities is also available at www.MonroeCT.org/storm. Monroe’s Emergency Management Team will continues to work on recovery efforts and provide further updates as information becomes available.