Snowstorm: Monroe schools closed, Eversource shares tips and information

Melissa Garrity shared this photo of Fan Hill Road during a snowstorm a few winters ago.

MONROE, CT — A winter storm with an estimated accumulation of one-to-three inches Tuesday led to the closing of Monroe’s public schools. Temperatures will hit a low near 30 degrees with winds at 10 to 15 mph, according to The Weather Channel.

Eversource Energy issued a press release on Monday, saying it’s ready to respond to any storm-related power outages or damage to the electric system. The energy company brought in additional line and tree crews in advance of the storm who are positioned around the state, so they can quickly respond to any damage or power outages caused by the weather

“We’ve been closely monitoring this storm using several weather forecast models and are planning accordingly, making adjustments to our response as necessary,” said Eversource President of Connecticut Electric Operations Steve Sullivan.

“The heavy, wet snow can weigh down tree limbs and branches, possibly bringing them down onto electric lines and equipment, causing damage and power outages,” he said. “The hazardous conditions can also make travel challenging for our crews, so we’re staging extra staff and equipment across the state to ensure we’re ready to respond as quickly as possible wherever our crews are needed.”

Eversource urges customers to always stay clear of downed wires, keep pets away as well and to report them immediately to 911. Be sure to report any outage online at Eversource.com or by calling 800-286-2000. Customers who signed up for the company’s two-way texting feature can send a text to report an outage and receive outage updates as they happen.

Eversource natural gas customers should be aware that some natural gas heating systems may be affected by a power outage, and it’s important to keep gas meters and outdoor vents clear of snow and ice buildup, the company said.

Customers should carefully remove snow and ice with a broom or by hand. Do not use a shovel or kick the gas meter which can damage the meter. Customers should also immediately leave their home or business if they smell gas, and call 911.

Additional preparedness tips can be found at the Storm Preparedness section at Eversource.com.

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