Storm update: Most Monroe roads are passable, some still without power

An Eversource crew works on a utility pole on Shelton Road (Route 110), near the intersection with Moose Hill Road, late Friday morning.

MONROE, CT — As families prepare for Christmas Eve dinners, there are still about 169 Monroe homes without power in the aftermath of Friday’s rainstorm, which brought high winds to the region, taking down trees, branches and power lines.

On Saturday morning, Eversource Tweeted a list with estimates on when towns will be 99 percent restored. It listed “Saturday, Dec. 24, at 11:59 p.m.” for Monroe. Here’s the complete list.

First Selectman Ken Kellogg confirmed that time estimate, which he received from the town’s Eversource liaison.

“While power has been restored to the vast majority of homes impacted by the recent storm, we have approximately 170 homes that remain without power,” Kellogg said in a CodeRED message. “I understand the concerns and frustration for those families, especially in light of the extreme cold and holiday weekend.”

Police Chief Keith White said the remaining storm damage is scattered over small areas of Monroe.

“Our roads are 99 percent open,” he said Saturday morning. “We had one closure that officers are en route to, which occurred an hour ago when wires came off the poles across Judd Road.”

Warming center

The temperature is a frigid 11 degrees Fahrenheit in Monroe this morning, but the chief said police have not received any requests for warming or recharging centers.

During these storms, he said the Monroe Police Department lobby is open as a warming center and charging station, along with the classroom in the station at 7 Fan Hill Road. If more room is needed, the town opens up a larger facility.

“We’ve had very few people take advantage of our warming centers in the past, so this is the way it’s always done,” White explained.

“Our Emergency Management Team is prepared to open an emergency shelter if necessary,” Kellogg said. “Any resident in need of assistance should call our dispatch center at 203-261-3622. As always, in an emergency call 911. Please continue to report outages directly to Eversource at 800-286-2000.”

Just before noon, Eversource’s outage map showed 27,428 Connecticut customers without power, which is 2.12 percent of its customers. Monroe had 169 without power, making up 2.1 percent of the power company’s 8,010 customers in town.

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