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Brookfield Down, Shelter Open, Schools Closed Monday

October storm brings down trees and wires, crippling the town and state.

Almost 80 percent of Brookfield is still without power as of 3 p.m. Sunday and many who are in the dark should expect to be so for some time.

According to First Selectman Bill Davidson, "Full power restoration will take a week or more," as no town in Connecticut was spared in this early snowstorm and more than 800,000 Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) customers are without electricity statewide. 

The schools will be closed Monday and the library is closed until further notice, as the building is without power. 

Brookfield High School (BHS) is open 24/7 as an emergency shelter, with heat, food, electricity and showers available. For those staying overnight, please bring your own blankets and pillows, as well as soap and towels for the showers.

Town Hall will be open Monday for regular business hours and residents are welcome to charge their phones and other electronic devices

Residents can also get clean water at the fire houses and police station but must bring their own containers to take it home.

Jerry Friedrich October 30, 2011 at 10:04 PM
CL&P must develop a far better disaster plan than they currently have in place.We have hundreds of licensed electricians in the state that can be trained to do what CL&P workers do when an emergency like this occurs.I have to believe it is far cheaper then bringing in workers from other states. If they don't develop a new plan, I recommend that the legislature require them to begin burying all existing lines. I don't think will like the cost of doing that !
Steven DeVaux October 31, 2011 at 12:44 AM
At the risk of repeating myself from Hurricane Irene's disaster, an ordinance on the books of the town of Brookfield requiring a property owners to have no trees higher than 6 feet within 60' left or right of a powerline, telephone line or cable with solve the problem with no rate increase by CL&P. In the first year give them one year to comply. Put a $500 fine and payment for the town to do the work if they do not comply. That's thinking of your neighbors first. Burying it just increases the cost to our kids for maintenance that is three to five times the cost of overhead lines.

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