An Update On All Things Sandy For Clinton Residents

A message from the First Selectman regarding power outages and plans for a community pasta dinner Thursday night.


A message from the Clinton First Selectman:

Good morning this is First Selectman Willie Fritz with an update on Hurricane Sandy.

The town is currently about 95% without power. Crews will finish clearing lines of limbs and making everything safe so that the restoration of power can begin. We are hoping power will be restored by the weekend.

Our shelter at the Eliot School is closed, however, we are providing hot showers at Eliot daily from 1pm until 8pm. (Please bring your own supplies.)

We will be sponsoring a community pasta dinner at the Eliot School tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 1 from 5pm to 8pm.

Andrews Memorial Town Hall is open as a charging station daily from 9am until 8pm. We have hot coffee, some food, water, military ready meals and a water station.

Schools are closed until Monday Nov. 5.

We urge residents to be patient.  CL&P is cooperating and progress is being made. Our crews will begin clean-up beginning on Thursday, please bring brush to the curb we will begin to pick it up.

I will send another update tomorrow.

Joshua Katz November 03, 2012 at 08:24 PM
The crews are doing a wonderful job. They are working more than 14 hour days, many of them having come many miles from home to work here. We should all be very thankful to them. The problem, though, is the system in which they work Granting regional monopolies to private companies is a "worst of both worlds" scenario situated between free markets and socialism. Private companies are required by law to look after shareholder interests; it's called fiduciary responsibility. Monopolies are not hurt by unhappy customers. As a result, firms cannot legally spend the necessary funds on cutting back trees and preparing adequately outside of the narrow window of an approaching storm.
Jean Stenderhoff November 03, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Today at 10:30 I was told that I would have power today after the transformer was replaced and the line that was stolen was replaced. I live at the corner of Ninety Rod and Fairy Dell. the CL&P employee was very understanding...now at 5:15...no power and no CL&P employee.
Fran M. November 03, 2012 at 09:48 PM
The Saturday afternoon Willie Fritz call indicated 65% were back with power, so if the number was 60% on Friday morning, that's interesting. I would be willing to bet that CT didn't get the volume of crews as they did for Irene due to NY/NJ being hit so hard. I have power as of 11:30am this morning, but last night it was 55 deg in my house for sleeping...very frustrating. I have a million questions about how the power grid is setup for our town, the restoration process, when CL&P crews actually showed up, but I fear that I would get no straight answers. (it sounds like the Gov isn't even getting straight answers from the utilities, per a different patch article)
Jean Stenderhoff November 03, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Spoke too soon...linemen outside repairing the li e now...power soon!!
Brian Macauley November 04, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Too ofter good deeds go unnoticed. We would would like to thank the Selectmen and Selectwomen, the Red Cross Volunteers, the Clinton Fire Dept, The Board of Education Dietary and Maintenance personnel who operated the emergency shelter at Eliot School Monday. It was truly a case of neighbors helping neighbors. The shelter was well stocked, clean and efficiently operated. For those of us in harm's way,it truly was a safe haven from Sandy's wrath. Brian and Barbara Macauley


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