MONROE, CT – High winds took down trees and wires, knocking out power to 1,699 Eversource customers in Monroe Saturday. Police Chief Keith White says the extreme weather conditions are delaying the power company’s response.
“Eversource already had two full crews in town working, but they had to call them down because of the wind,” White said at 4:20 p.m. “They can’t go up in buckets in 30-plus m.p.h. wind.”
When that happens, White said the crews are in standby mode, though they still do other work on the ground, like clearing away debris.
“All events in Monroe have crews assigned and as weather permits they will continue to restore power,” the chief said.
A tree came crashing down, landing across power lines on Garder Road, causing the biggest outage, knocking out power to over 800 homes, according to White.
The second largest outage is in the Barn Hill Road area, where nearly 300 lost power due to downed wires and a blown transformer, White said.
“Power is also out in the areas of Pastors Walk and Turkey Roost Road, but in smaller pockets,” he said.
The chief said no roadways are totally blocked and all emergency vehicles can get through.
“Use caution if you’re out and about,” White said. “Always be wary of downed lines and treat them as live. If you have power issues at your home, please contact Eversource directly.”
To report an outage to Eversource, call 800-286-2000 or visit Eversource.com.
Eversource is claiming that there was a fire in Monroe and the town asked that the lines be deenergized.
Is there an estimated time of restoration?
No, because they don’t know when the wind will die down enough for the guys to get back up there and fix the wires.