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LIVE CHAT NOW: Talk to Patch Editors, Each Other About Struggle to Restore Power

This is the place to talk in real time about the ongoing struggles to restore power.

Interact live with Patch editors, your neighbors and local officials as we bring you the latest on the struggle to restore power to so much of the state after Saturday's major nor'easter.

Philip Co November 03, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Tree crews are currently hard at work near the intersection of Huckleberry Hill Road and Chevas Road.
Philip Co November 03, 2011 at 06:38 PM
The Duracell PowerRelief Trailer in the Walmart/Big Y/TD Bank parking lot is a great place to recharge your electronics while you're running errands along Route 44. You can plug in and lock them in a locker, take the key and come back for them later. Thanks, Duracell!
Anupam Tantri November 03, 2011 at 06:45 PM
We need a real estimated date when power will be restored to the south east section of Simsbury - areas are Westborough, far end of Blue Ridge starting from Old Oak, Far end of Lincoln, David Drive, etc. The current estimate is midnight Sunday into Monday morning. Given the devastation, this time line seems suspect. Anybody has a better and more accurate timeline? Help!!!
Megan Bard (Editor) November 03, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Hi folks, Thanks so much for posting your information. This blog is live on several sites in central and north central Connecticut, one of the hardest hit areas in the state. Make sure to specify which town you're writing about so that readers get the most accurate information possible. Thanks again and fingers crossed the lights will be back on soon. Megan Bard
Philip Co November 03, 2011 at 06:54 PM
BTW, has anyone seen any crews from the Town of Avon out on the roads? Shouldn't they have been out clearing debris from the roads all week? If anyone from our town government reads this, a response would be greatly appreciated.
Philip Co November 03, 2011 at 06:55 PM
You're out of luck with that request, Anupam. My primary criticism of CL&P is its inability to effectively communicate with its customers and, inexplicably, its own employees.
Sandy November 03, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Thinking that the north end of Simsbury ...such as northgate,firetown,will not be up and running by Sunday.
David Moran (Editor) November 03, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Just got off the phone with a CL&P spokesman, Frank Poirot, who said the utility is sticking with its estimate of 99 percent restoration for customers by Sunday...not that that's probably much consolation to people who will be without power through Sunday. Dave M.
Jenna Caulfield November 03, 2011 at 07:11 PM
While living without power stinks, all I want at this point is for someone to clear the downed lines, and downed tree, that cover my street so I can come and go safely!
Mom November 03, 2011 at 07:22 PM
Dear Cl&P BEFORE you turn power on you REALLY should check your data called in by customers. You could have EASILY avoided 2 fires on Birchcrest Dr in Southington. Kudos to the SFD for 2 quick responses !!!!!!!
Philip Co November 03, 2011 at 08:31 PM
I sent an email to the Town of Avon asking whether town crews were on the job and received a telephone call in response. I was told that town crews have been working 12 to 16 hour shifts, but what they can do is limited. Their first priority was clearing the way for emergency vehicles and areas where residents were trapped, like New Road. However, they could not act whenever power lines were involved, unless and until CL&P responded, which was hard to achieve, as was the case with New Road. The bottom line is that the town crews are doing what they can, but there's still a lot to do.

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