The good news is that it looks like CL&P is making some headway when it comes to restoring power in Madison. About 19 percent of the town's residents are without power as of 11:45 a.m., down from 24 percent earlier Sunday.
But that likely is little or no comfort to those remaining 1,752 residents without power, many of whom probably have been without power since sometime Saturday night. And, there are folks in other parts of the state, particularly the northwest corner, where towns are still almost entirely black.
And so it was so nice to see that email from Lisa this morning, "Hey Gals, We did NOT lose power. But if you know anyone who did we would be happy to open our doors or loan out our generator. Best Lisa." That was followed by another from Carolyn: "We also have power, but no generator. So if anyone needs hot showers, heat, bed, fire, gas stove, etc. please let us know, Carolyn."
It reminded me of what Ann Nyberg, Madison resident and WTNH news anchor, said this morning via Twitter: ""Help folks where you can, so many are without power, don't forget to check with neighbors and friends and the elderly."
The town's residents have several options at this point. There are emergency shelters and warming centers open at Madison Town Campus and at the high school in Durham. Residents in other towns might find their towns have warming centers open or might be able to drive over to the next town to find a place to stay or a hot cup of coffee to drink. People who aren't sure where to go can always call 211 for help.
Even though we didn't lose power, it was nice to know some friends were willing to have us over if we needed it. There are still more than 800,000 people in Connecticut without power. And AP has reported that more than 2 million lost power in this freak October snowstorm. So go ahead, check in with your friends, particularly if you know someone who is elderly or who is having a difficult time. Give them a call or send them an email. Even if they don't take you up on it, they'll love it that you thought of them.