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Fast Facts Regarding Restoration: Nov. 5, 2011

A quick look at what you need to know today.

Clearing and Restoration Updates
There are 13, or more, crews committed to Southington until 99 percent of work is complete.

  • Crews have restored power to all commercial business zones and businesses are operating on their normal schedule.
  • Southington schools, if not already restored, will see power return today and neighborhoods surrounding the schools will see similar results.
  • As of 5:00 a.m., 12 percent of Southington Connecticut Light & Power customers remain without power, or 2,337 customers, according to CL&P data. There were more than 13,700 customers without power at the peak of the storm.
  • Restoration to 99-percent of Southington customers is expected by 11:59 p.m. Sunday night, CL&P said.

Town and Business Services

  • , 388 Pleasant St., is CLOSED as a shelter.
  • The Bulky Waste Transfer Station is open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but will be closed on Sunday. It we reopen on Monday, Nov. 7, for brush only from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • is open on Saturday and will provide warming and charging services during regular business hours. The library will be closed on Sunday.
  • The will continue to provide hot showers to everyone from the community as needed during regular business hours, free of charge.
  • Rubbish pick-up is running on a normal schedule. The town will begin curbside leaf pick-up on Monday, Nov. 7. This is NOT a debris pick-up so please keep debris separated. 

Cancellations
Due to unknown outages and continued restoration efforts, there have been a few cancellations for this weekend, while some other events are going on as planned.

  • The Holiday Vendor Fair will take place as planned on Saturday. Click .
  • The Military Appreciation Dinner at the has postponed. No official date has been scheduled for the event, but it will be held later this month. . 
  • Due to the power outage at Southington High School this week, the Cogan Computer Fair scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 6, is cancelled. The next one is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. .
  • Most religious services are going on as planned this weekend. If you have questions, contact your religious institution for more information.

Health Safety Warnings
There have been instances of of possible carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of people using alternative heating and cooking methods, staff the said. Please consider the following:

  • Place your generator at least 20 feet from the house and away from windows, doors and vents. Never use a generator indoors or inside of a garage, basement, or on a porch.
  • Do not use charcoal or gas grills, gas lanterns or camping stoves indoors.
  • Know the symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness and confusion. If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside and dial 9-1-1.
  • If you spot utility crews working in your neighborhood, please turn off your generator because there may be an electrical hazard with it if power returns to your neighborhood.
  • Call or visit family, friends, or neighbors, who are homebound, have special needs, or who live alone and may need help. Dial 2-1-1 for assistance if someone needs shelter or power for life-sustaining medical devices.

Food safety warnings as power is restored:

  • The refrigerator will keep food at proper temperature for about four hours if the doors are not opened. A full freezer will hold a safe temperature for 48 hours (24 hours if half full).
  • If the temperature in your refrigerator or freezer goes above 40 degrees, throw away perishable foods such as beef, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, and cut fruits and vegetables.
Margaret Waage November 05, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Trucks are out at Southington High School and according to CL&P (http://outage.cl-p.com/outage/mobile.aspx) Southington outages are at 1,898 or 9%.

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