An Update On All Things Sandy For Clinton Residents

A message from the First Selectman regarding power outages and plans for a community pasta dinner Thursday night.


A message from the Clinton First Selectman:

Good morning this is First Selectman Willie Fritz with an update on Hurricane Sandy.

The town is currently about 95% without power. Crews will finish clearing lines of limbs and making everything safe so that the restoration of power can begin. We are hoping power will be restored by the weekend.

Our shelter at the Eliot School is closed, however, we are providing hot showers at Eliot daily from 1pm until 8pm. (Please bring your own supplies.)

We will be sponsoring a community pasta dinner at the Eliot School tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 1 from 5pm to 8pm.

Andrews Memorial Town Hall is open as a charging station daily from 9am until 8pm. We have hot coffee, some food, water, military ready meals and a water station.

Schools are closed until Monday Nov. 5.

We urge residents to be patient.  CL&P is cooperating and progress is being made. Our crews will begin clean-up beginning on Thursday, please bring brush to the curb we will begin to pick it up.

I will send another update tomorrow.

Barbara Corcoran November 01, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Why would you close the shelter when people don't have power back yet??
Idiocracy November 01, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Why are showers only being provided from 1-8pm @ Eliot? This is really inconvenient for those who need to shower before work in the morning.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Hi - sorry, but I do not have an answer to your question. You can ask at the Emergency Ops Center at the police station or call 860-669-0451.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Barbara - Eliot School is open for charging and showers.
Teresa Little Smith November 01, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Thanks, Mr. Fritz! The update is much appreciated, as is what the town in doing for us. The kids thoroughly enjoyed trunk or treating, and we will look forward to sharing dinner with our community tonight. It's always such a blessing to see a community come together so well; we are so grateful for the friends with generators who offered us a hot shower, a hot cup of coffee, or even an offer of help if we needed it. This makes me proud, and grateful, to live in such a great community. Thank you for all you do!
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Barbara - The town hall is now open as a shelter for tonight, Nov. 1. But people need to get their before 9pm.
Ed Annino November 01, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I sure didn't see a lot of limbs on power lines so where is all the damage to lines? Just wondering.
Sheri Keller November 01, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Drive down Kelseytown RD, Brickyard RD, Glenwood RD, Chittenden Hill RD -- Power lines/trees down on those streets for sure, although the trees have been cleaned up for the most part.
Melanie Roberts November 02, 2012 at 01:26 AM
why is Clinton always last to get power restored? Old saybrook and other shoreline towns seem to be on top of things much better. Seems to me like CL&P responds to the towns that speak up the most. Like they say the squeaky wheel gets the grease!
Matt November 02, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Yes there are several spots where lines are down on Kelseytown as Sherri mentioned...but funny I've yet to see crews nearby. Where are the other troublespots? Where are the crews. I hate to criticize...but it would be nice to know how many crews are in town and where the biggest troublespots are. I'm not saying the crews aren't out working...but if you don't see them firsthand in the spots they are needed...you begin to wonder.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Melanie - Clinton is far from the "last to get power restored." There are folks without power in Old Lyme, Chester, Madison, Killingworth, N. Branford and Guilford to name a few nearby towns.
Mike Knight November 02, 2012 at 12:51 PM
folks....the crews are doing a great job....there's just SO MUCH to do. Cut 'em some slack. Be glad you're not in New Jersey.
Susan Barr November 02, 2012 at 02:11 PM
MANY trees down on lines near Hesers Pond neighborhood and big ones at that !! Be great full all that your houses are in tact. Try not to be mad at shower time inconveniences. I am originally from Staten Island NY and have lost 3 people to my knowledge SO FAR from this storm and more than than that who have completly lost their homes and all belongings. Be grateful for for what you DO have!
Matt November 02, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I don't fault the crews at all...I know they working hard...it's the ones on charge I question. When you here about thousands of crew in the state but drive around and see only one or two in your town, I don't think it's unreasonable to ask specifics of how many are in town and where they are working. But I agree, we have a lot to be grateful for here in Clinton...many places are far worse off. Fwiw...just saw crews working on Ironworks and the north end of Kelseytown.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 05:18 PM
The latest info from the office of the Clinton First Selectman: As of Friday morning we have 60% power restored in town. CL&P is expecting to be near 80% by the end of the day.
Jim Braun November 03, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Did anyone in Clinton get their power restored today? I had high hopes after your 80% post Fay, but did the number restored change at all? Hope they get to us soon.
Anselmo Delia November 03, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Just got our power restored on Kelseytown Rd. The crews were here from this morning at 8:00 'til just after 10:30 p.m. i think they restored Ironworks Rd. too. I'd say they put in a solid day and deserve recognition. The men I saw and spoke to were very polite, understanding and appreciative of my "thanks" for their efforts. At 6:00 p.m. their supervisor told me that they would stay 'til late to get us back on. THEY DID. By the way, this is for "Jon" on another thread...I didn't see any coffee breaks or donuts. Your comments were really unfair to all of these utility crews working long and hard to restore our conveniences. You should really learn to be a little less cynical and more understanding of the difficulty of their task.
Linda Masci November 03, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Do you know when power will be restored on Ben Merrill rd? Thanks Linda
DisgruntledInClinton November 03, 2012 at 07:14 PM
We still don't have power (in Clinton) and the "real feel" temp tonight is forecasted as 25 degrees.
Joshua Katz November 03, 2012 at 08:24 PM
The crews are doing a wonderful job. They are working more than 14 hour days, many of them having come many miles from home to work here. We should all be very thankful to them. The problem, though, is the system in which they work Granting regional monopolies to private companies is a "worst of both worlds" scenario situated between free markets and socialism. Private companies are required by law to look after shareholder interests; it's called fiduciary responsibility. Monopolies are not hurt by unhappy customers. As a result, firms cannot legally spend the necessary funds on cutting back trees and preparing adequately outside of the narrow window of an approaching storm.
Jean Stenderhoff November 03, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Today at 10:30 I was told that I would have power today after the transformer was replaced and the line that was stolen was replaced. I live at the corner of Ninety Rod and Fairy Dell. the CL&P employee was very understanding...now at 5:15...no power and no CL&P employee.
Fran M. November 03, 2012 at 09:48 PM
The Saturday afternoon Willie Fritz call indicated 65% were back with power, so if the number was 60% on Friday morning, that's interesting. I would be willing to bet that CT didn't get the volume of crews as they did for Irene due to NY/NJ being hit so hard. I have power as of 11:30am this morning, but last night it was 55 deg in my house for sleeping...very frustrating. I have a million questions about how the power grid is setup for our town, the restoration process, when CL&P crews actually showed up, but I fear that I would get no straight answers. (it sounds like the Gov isn't even getting straight answers from the utilities, per a different patch article)
Jean Stenderhoff November 03, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Spoke too soon...linemen outside repairing the li e now...power soon!!
Brian Macauley November 04, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Too ofter good deeds go unnoticed. We would would like to thank the Selectmen and Selectwomen, the Red Cross Volunteers, the Clinton Fire Dept, The Board of Education Dietary and Maintenance personnel who operated the emergency shelter at Eliot School Monday. It was truly a case of neighbors helping neighbors. The shelter was well stocked, clean and efficiently operated. For those of us in harm's way,it truly was a safe haven from Sandy's wrath. Brian and Barbara Macauley


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