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[Updated 9:55 a.m.] 110 Remain Without Power at Sunday Deadline

Town Manager Garry Brumback says "there is good progress" as Southington drops below 1 percent at CL&P's self-imposed midnight deadline.

When Connecticut Light & Power's self-imposed Sunday deadline came, there were just 179 customers left without power in Southington, marking a decrease to less than 1 percent of the community. By 9:55 a.m. Monday morning, 110 remained without power.

Garry Brumback said Monday morning that 17 line crews and 10 tree cutting crews are now on the street and according to a new estimated time-line released to the town today Sunday, the last customer should see power restored by midnight tonight.

"There's still work to be done, but we are making progress," said Brumback, who held several meetings at the town's Emergency Operations Center Sunday evening.

The progress marked , when the town still had more than 6,700 without power.

As of 9:55 a.m. Monday, some 63,000 customers throughout the state were still without power, according to CL&P.

Although crews were able to reach the goal in Southington Sunday - something they did just before the midnight deadline - other towns across the state were not so lucky.

CL&P President and Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Butler that a total of 31 towns would not be restored to 99 percent by the deadline, including nearby Farmington, Avon, Canton and West Hartford. Butler said the company is committed to reaching a Wednesday night deadline to complete 100 percent restoration from the storm.

"I am saying we will have 100 percent power restoration completed by Wednesday. Not by the end of week, but by Wednesday and I stand by that," Butler said.

Students return to schools as the community looks to get back to life as normal and elections will go on as planned Tuesday.

Here's a look at the other need-to-knows for Monday morning, as provided by the through their Facebook page:

Bulky Waste Transfer Station

The Bulky Waste Transfer Station on Old Turnpike Road will be open Monday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Nov. 12, for brush only. The station is open daily from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Leaf Pickup
Leaf pick will begin today, Monday, Nov. 7., for Zone 1. A complete revised list will be published in the near future. No brush or sticks can be mixed in with the leaves.

Health Department Warnings - Food Dangers
Food Safety: When in doubt, throw it out!

  • 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.
Milton Fishmann November 07, 2011 at 11:16 AM
This is terrible. How much time you guys need? You want people to move or something. 179, for crying out loud, get CL&P on the stick, it's not 179 thousand!
Dean November 07, 2011 at 12:29 PM
I'm curious...if we had a tornado wipe out our homes like in Joplin, MO, would we demand power restoration in a weeks time? Did they screw up early on? Absolutely. Could they have done a better job communicating to officials? Definitely. The grid was destroyed and in a little over a week they will have put the entire system back together! That should be applauded not condemned. I know it sucks if you are the one without power but it's a natural disaster. Be glad you still you have your home and all its posestions and memories. Many in our country are far less fortunate when events like this occur. Have we gotten that spoiled as a society?
Margaret Waage November 07, 2011 at 12:30 PM
The crew that worked on my block late afternoon yesterday looked utterly exhausted. We watched the line men work magic with fixing a broken pole and reconfiguring the electrical lines. Their hands moved swiftly and my son commented, "They look like surgeons!" Crews were indeed worked hard. I hope the remaining folks without power as of today feel as grateful as my family did Sunday evening when we could finally relax, and be warm!
Daniel Nardini November 07, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Totally agree. The crew that fixed our power lines on Friday were very very tired. Yes.. let's look back on this mess and try to do better next time but the workers on the ground for CL&P did an outstanding job.

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