Sandy@Madison, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012: "CL&P Is Not Pulling Crews From Madison To Send To Other Towns"

Do not touch any downed wires. If you see a problem that has not been addressed, take a picture on your cell phone and send it to 911@madisonct.org. Make sure you report your service outage. Stay safe.


As of 11 p.m., Madison was 37 percent without power, or 3,359 customers of 9,056.

Here are the numbers statewide:

Total CL&P Customers Served:

Total CL&P Customers Reported Affected:

% of CL&P Customers Reported Affected:

There was an unconfirmed report of a transformer fire around 9:20 p.m. on Friday.

From Scranton Memorial Librarian Beth Crowley:

"I have been getting emails from the State Library all day regarding Storm Sandy and the legal responsibility of CT insurance companies along with information about FEMA. If you need information please stop by the library and let us help. Plus you can charge your devices while you wait. Oh and there are plenty of books to borrow which don't require electricity to operate."

As of 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

Good afternoon.  This is Fillmore McPherson, your First Selectman, with the Hurricane Sandy update for Friday, November 2.

As of now, 58% of the town has power, more than twice the coverage when we last spoke.  Progress is continuing and today will see another substantial improvement.  I want to assure you that CL&P is not pulling crews from Madison to send to other towns.  If anything, I have been asking them to bring more crews here.  If you see a problem that has not been addressed, take a picture on your smart phone and send it to 911@madisonct.org.  In the meantime, I would like to reiterate earlier warnings that you should not touch any downed wires.  Assume that any wire you see is hot.

In addition to working on the distribution lines, CL&P has hired electricians to reattach any service wires from the pole to your house, so long as there is no other damage at your end.  Normally, such restoration is the responsibility of the homeowner, but they are taking this step given the scope of the problem.  If your service wire is down, call 1-800-286-2000 and report “downed wire”.

In anticipation of your power coming back on, please take a minute to turn off any heaters or cooking applications that may have been on when you lost power.  If you are not around when it comes back on, you may have a fire potential.

With the approach of colder weather, you may wish to move to the Red Cross Regional Shelter at the John Winthrop Middle School at 1 Winthrop Drive off of Route 80 in Deep River.

The Madison Senior Center will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 4 as a warming and charging station for citizens of all ages.  Wi-fi is available in many rooms.  Bus service will be available for those seniors who are unable to drive.

Showers are available at the Town Gym from 8 to 12 this weekend, and also at the YMCA in Westbrook.  Bring your own soap and towels.

The Town Bulky Waste Site is open from 7:30am to 5:30pm every day through next Friday.  This is where you should bring debris from your yard.  The Transfer Station in Guilford is waiving fees for residents through tomorrow.

The beaches and fields will be open this weekend, except for Garvin Point at the Surf Club.  Unfortunately, it sustained some damage.

If you have sustained damage to your property, please register with FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or www.disasterassistance.gov.

That’s it for now.  Stay safe.

Tessa Nash November 03, 2012 at 01:02 PM
My 3 year old and I are freezing. We are constantly in my car parked in the driveway to get and stay warm but there's so much that I can do. Hopefully by tonight, Conestoga Drive will have power. My son deserves a warm bath and hot meals like he's use to. Still, 3,100 ppl in Madison without power. Our street didn't get hit that badley. As I reported to CL&P, there was a downed wire on the street to a neighbors house. Two trucks came and rolled up the wire, attached it to the poll and left. That happened on Tuesday. Since then, I haven't seen any trucks. When my mother called CL&P, they said by 9:45 on Tuesday morning we would get power. When I called later on, a lady explained that there was no estimate time in their system to expect power on. Last year for Irene, we were without power for just shy of 2 weeks. I was forced to take my son, then 2, to a friends house. Currently, that friend is still without power so here we are. In the car, listening to music, occasionally getting little information about power and well, staying warm. Stay warm everyone and hopefully by tonight we get PPPPOOOOWWWWEEEERRRR!!!!!
Pem McNerney (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Hi Tessa. A fun thing for you and your son to do today _might_ be to go to the Senior Center, which is the town's warming center. It is a fabulous new facility near the center of town, has rooms with big comfy chairs where you can read or watch TV. A billiards room. A cafe. I think it might be really fun if you have transportation to get there. I don't know ... anyway, if you or a neighbor has no way of getting there, let me know at pem.mcnerney@patch.com and I"ll see if town officials know of a way to make that happen.
Beth Crowley November 03, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Tessa the Library is also open today from 9-5 and we have computers and toys to entertain your little one. And of course books to read together. Bring any devices you would like to charge and we have free wifi.
Pem McNerney (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Thanks Beth! Will post on our FB as well ...
Tessa Nash November 03, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Thank you Pem! I do have transportation so that's not a problem. Ill definitely go there later on today and get warmed up. I forgot what it feels like to have lights and TV on!!
Pem McNerney (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Great! If you are able, take a pic of you and your little one having a good time and email to me ... would love to see both of you with a smile on your faces. =)
Tessa Nash November 03, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Thanks Beth as well. Now I have 2 places to entertain my son. This is exciting!!!
Sandy McKissick November 03, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Madison at this moment has 35% still out of power which looks to be the highest percentage out along the shoreline. I saw a long line of CL&P trucks get onto I-95 this morning and leave for other towns. I don't believe we are getting the response in Madison that we should, perhaps because other towns are screaming louder. I called CL&P today about the outage in my neighborhood and was told very frankly that they are targeting the areas of the state that will bring on the most people and they wouldn't get to our neighborhood until Monday morning (estimate). Bottom line...the crews are not in Madison...the numbers speak for themselves.
Pem McNerney (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Tessa! Jim Hafford at the Scranton Seahorse Inn just called to offer you a free room! Until your power is restored! I would totally call him right this minute and take him up on it!!!!! =) =) =) (203) 245-0550
Mike November 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
The American legion is selling wood for $250 a cord. Call them and they will bring it right to your home. All proceeds benefit the legion.
Beth Crowley November 03, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Around 3 pm I passed 3 work crews on 79 on my way home from the library and another at the bottom of Chestnut Hill. 30 minutes later our power was back on Granby Drive. This morning we were told Monday as well so this was a nice example of under promising and over delivering which is better than the other way around. Hope there is good news for many more in Town soon too.


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