Posts tagged ‘CL&P’

February 5th, 2013

Town Council To Discuss Bridge

by Christopher O'Brien

The Wolcott Town Council is meeting tonight at 7:30. Among the items on the agenda include a resolution for improvements to Tosun Rd. to the State’s Dept. of Transportation. The town just completed a multimillion dollar project in the industrial area near the Waterbury line to add gas lines, waterlines and improve drainage. One of the last remaining problems with the zone has been access by trucks on the one-way portion of Tosun Road from Route 69. Currently, the curve

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October 29th, 2012

Outages Down Before Brunt of Winds

by Christopher O'Brien

As of 6 pm, only 2% of Wolcott residents were without power – a number much smaller than earlier today. CL&P has dedicated a crew to the town and that crew has been making repairs throughout the day. A significant number of residents on the west side of town were temporarily out this morning as CL&P intentionally shut down power so they could make a repair affecting residents on North Main St. in Waterbury.

If winds exceed 40 mph, CL&P will stop making repairs and residents should expect to be without power until at least Wednesday if that occurs.

At 6 pm, nine Connecticut towns were entirely dark, mostly in eastern Connecticut. It remains to be seen whether gusts in that area of the state are moving from east to west. That area also is less sparsely populated and customers are further apart than in Western Connecticut.

Mayor Dunn has been touring

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October 28th, 2012

Wolcott Ready for Hurricane

by Christopher O'Brien

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on New Jersey and the Connecticut shoreline, Wolcott is ready for coping with the storm. Mayor Thomas G. Dunn is informing residents to be prepared. As of Sunday evening, traffic was sparse around town and some were topping off their cars with gasoline just in case. Yet, many area businesses still have plenty of provisions of batteries, bottled water and other necessities if residents still need to stock up.

If a shelter is needed to be opened, residents will be notified through the emergency notification and reverse 911 system. Residents with cell phones should register with the town’s alert system right now so that they can be notified should phone service also be interrupted. The link to do so is here.

Mayor Dunn tells the Whisper that a decision to open the storm shelters will be done when the need arises. The Senior Center was used last year for a temporary shelter and housed about thirty residents. Tyrrell School is the designated shelter for the town and has capacity for residents to sleep overnight.

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November 7th, 2011

CL&P Misses Deadline and Weather Report

by LonSeidman

In our first story:
By Ryan Hanrahan
Not everyday you see large companies take to social media to call out individual meteorologists.
Continue reading about how CL&P called out the NBC meteorologist….

Our second story:
by Christine Stuart

Jeffrey Butler, president and chief operating officer of Connecticut Light & Power, maintains that his company made a lot of progress even though it won’t meet its midnight goal and he offered an apology for missing that deadline.

“This was a storm of historic proportion. It was the right decision, I stand behind that decision to set, to establish the goal. We did everything possible to achieve the goal. People worked very hard for what 8 days now and we need to see this through,” Butler said defending his decision to self-impose a deadline which his company missed.

Continue reading at CTNewsJunkie…

November 4th, 2011

Electricity’s Blame Game

by LonSeidman

Commentary
By Chris O’Brien

For those of you who are still without power, hang in there. I hope it returns soon, most of all for your comfort and so that we can live as we did before last week. Normalcy is important. If you need anything, particularly some spare bottled water, ice, or anything else, let me know. I’ll be happy to help.

For my other friends, I hope that you’ll find the time to help out at a shelter, distribution site or any other way you can. There is a great need out there. Even a simple check on your neighbors would be appreciated.

To my political friends- butt out. I’ll get to you later.

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November 3rd, 2011

Fire, CO Dangers High With Restoration

by LonSeidman

Over 180 Connecticut residents were treated for Carbon Monoxide poisoning statewide as of Wednesday night, Governor Malloy told a press conference. As residents increasingly are using generators, and some ventilation systems fail, emergency responders are being summoned to prevent death from a quiet winter killer.

Symptoms of Carbon monoxide are vague and mimic the flu. They often include headache and nausea. Extreme cases can include disorientation and lethargy as carbon monoxide replaces oxygen in a victim’s blood circulatory system. The brain and other organs cannot use carbon monoxide, starve, then slowly die. Fresh air and emergency treatment are imparative for anyone suffereing these symptoms.

As electricity is restored to neighborhoods,

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November 3rd, 2011

Municipal Utilities Fare Better After Storms

by LonSeidman

CT Mirror
By Jan Ellen Speigel

Lost in the storm over storm response by the state’s two major utilities is the fact that about a half-dozen communities are at least partially served by neither. They are served by municipal electric utilities, which for the most part has meant fewer outages and faster restoration when the power did go out during this storm and tropical storm Irene two months ago.

“The situation is there is no situation,” said Mike Hughes, communications manager for Norwich Public Utilities, at 107 years old, among the youngest of the municipal electric utilities in the state. At the peak, he said, 450 of their 22,000 customers lost power. “And they weren’t out for more than an hour.”

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October 29th, 2011

Governor: Expect to Be Without Power

by LonSeidman

Governor Malloy addressed the state at 6:30 tonight giving cautions reminescent of Hurricane Irene as over 300,000 residents are already without power. “We are experiencing outages beyond what we experienced during Hurricane Gloria,” he told reporters.

As of the news conference, one person has died on Rt. 85 in Colchester and a State Trooper was injured in an accident. His injuries are not life threatening.

The starkest news

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September 2nd, 2011

And Then There Was Light…

by LonSeidman

Utility Crews Go To Work on Kimberly Ct. Friday Evening

“Hallejulah!!!!!”

That was the sentiment echoed by the Hayes children as they returned from a walk around the block with their parents towards their home on Kimberly Court. The sight of white and yellow utility trucks was the best thing the family had seen all week. Jeanine Hayes beamed as her two boys and husband scampered towards the house, turning on light switches

Residents express frustration on Midwood Dr. Power was restored to the neighborhood on Thursday.

and turning on the faucets. “Bailing water from the bathtub has been an experience for 5 days” she said Friday evening. Moments later the drone of a generator shut down, revealing the peaceful chirping of birds and silence across the neighborhood. “Boy he must be happy,” one of the five electrical workers remarked as they worked on an underground utility box. A moment later,

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