Updated: Three-Quarters of Brookfield Without Power Tuesday

Over 75 percent of town reporting power loss as of Tuesday morning but roads are open and travel ban is lifted.

Update: 10 a.m. Tuesday

Almost 6,000 Brookfield residents reported being without electricity as of Tuesday morning, some 75 percent of Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) customers in town.

Town officials have opened up the emergency shelter at Brookfield High School (BHS) and residents can warm up and charge their devices at the Senior Center or Town Hall (which is closed for business but open to the pubic). The Greenknoll YMCA is also open for warming, charging, shower and potable water.

First Selectman Bill Davidson posted an update to his storm blog Tuesday morning with helpful information for residents in need.

All of the town's major throughways — Federal Road, Route 133, Route 25 — are clear for travel, though some minor backroads are still clogged with debris and town crews will be working to clear those roads throughout the day.

No major injuries were reported in Brookfield due to the storm, according to Brookfield police, however Sandy is being charged with claiming two lives in Connecticut last night.


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The travel bans Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered in the state yesterday are now lifted, effective immediately, according to a press release from the governor's office.

On Monday, facing severe weather from Hurricane Sandy, Governor Malloy ordered a truck ban, followed by the closure of the state’s limited access highways to non-emergency vehicles.

“Use your heads when it comes to driving," he said. "If a road appears impassable because of water, downed wires, fallen trees or other debris, do not attempt to drive through it."

Update: 10 p.m. Monday

Power outage reports rose to almost 5,000 customers — 4,871 — as of 10 p.m. Monday, according to CL&P, representing 62 percent of Brookfield.

Over 184,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers are currently without power in the state, a number that may very well rise as Hurricane Sandy continues to hammer the region overnight.

Roughly every town in the state is seeing outages in some capacity, with the bulk of the power issues being seen in several coastal communities ranging from Branford to Stonington. Pockets of the state in the Quiet Corner and the Litchfield Hills are also in the dark.

In total, about 14 percent of the state is without electricity, due to high winds and heavy rainfall from Sandy.

CL&P Spokesman Mitch Gross said that, despite the high winds, there are crews out working on emergency restoration efforts right now.

“We’re at work handling as many issues as we can, while it’s still safe,” Gross said.

Federal regulations require that utility workers not be in the air working on power lines when wind speeds hit 40 mph. But Gross said that, since winds haven’t hit that threshold as of yet, there still are trucks in the CL&P system out on the road.

Some workers have been pulled off the lines in certain areas of the state, such as parts of Litchfield County, due to higher winds, Gross said.

In a message sent out to CL&P customers, the company reinforced that, if the power does go out, it may not return for an extended period of time.

If you experience an outage, please call 800-286-2000 or go to www.cl-p.com (via PC or mobile device) to report it.

“It's important that you report an outage even if you think your neighbors may have already reported it,” the message read. “The more information we have, the better we are able to improve our assessment of damage and make repairs.”

Update: 7 p.m. Monday

CL&P is reporting over 3,000 customers without power in Brookfield as of 7 p.m. Monday, approximately 38 percent.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), wind gusts of over 50 mph are being recorded at Danbury airport and gusts are expected to get as high as 75 mph before the storm is over. A High Wind Warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Update: 5 p.m. Monday

Reported outages in Brookfield have spiked in the last half hour to over 670 out, or 8 percent of the town's 7,845 customers. 

Update: 4:30 p.m. Monday

Hurricane Sandy struck Connecticut's shoreline Monday morning and immediately began flooding low-lying areas and bringing down trees and power lines across the state.

Brookfield suffered an early spike in outages, however Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) crews stationed in town since this morning were on the scene to make repairs. No sooner had they resolved those issues before more outages occurred. As of 4:30 p.m., 189 Brookfield customers reported being without power, or 2 percent.

Other areas have been harder hit, including Danbury with 10 percent out (906 customers), New Milford with 9 percent out (1,257 customers) and Newtown with 6 percent out (718 customers).

First Selectman Bill Davidson has begun a storm blog for Hurricane Sandy, with his first update early Monday afternoon.

Original Story

With Hurricane Sandy expected to make landfall in Connecticut Monday morning and continue to rage for as long as 36 hours, Brookfield officials have closed schools for Monday and Tuesday and are preparing for the worst.

State officials have order mandatory evacuations for residents living in low-lying areas along the shoreline, however surging tides and flooding won’t be as much of a concern in Brookfield, according to First Selectman Bill Davidson, save for known problem areas such as the intersection of Candlewood Lake Road and Federal Road and other isolated spots such as Meadowbrook Manor.

Sandy could bring up to a foot of rain Monday and Tuesday, “But the lakes and rivers are low right now,” Davidson said, and the town is stocked with pylons, sandbags, barricades and other necessary equipment.

“Our basic issue will be trees and loss of power,” he said Sunday after speaking with state emergency officials. Davidson also sat down with Brookfield’s emergency team, including Emergency Management Director Wayne Gravius, Assistant Director Jay Purcell, Superintendent of Highways John Plummer and fire, emergency services, sewer and health personnel on Friday to prepare for the coming storm.

After the wild weather of summer and fall 2011 — including three extended power outages — town officials are prepared, with crews alert and on call and Brookfield’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) — the police station — and emergency shelter — Brookfield High School — generators tested and fueled. The high school will open if needed and is ready to serve food and house people overnight.

“We did three of these last year, not just two like the rest of the state,” Davidson pointed out, referencing the three-day blackout in June 2011. “Since the storms of last year, a lot of work has gone into preparing for these situations, particularly in the IT department.”

Davidson said that, in the case of widespread outages affecting town hall and other essential functions, the entire system is backed up and can be relocated to the police station as a “mini town hall.”

Having that infrastructure in place will allow the town to stay in communication with residents by whatever means are available if the worst occurs. Davidson urged residents to go to the town’s website and click the red banner for hurricane updates and sign up for the emergency notification system.

“Stay in touch, don’t get near downed wires, don’t go around barricades — there’s a reason they’re there — and sign up for the alerts,” he said, adding that residents should dial 203-775-2575 (Brookfield Police) if they need assistance, “Not 9-1-1 unless it’s a real, real emergency.”

Check back with Brookfield Patch for updates on the storm and up-to-the-minute emergency information.

Michael E Miracle October 29, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Interesting political BS. Little information that would be of assistance to anyone. And, as usual, absolutely NO details. Is there a site that one should go to if assistance is required and power and phones are out? Is there a way to alert someone (perhaps police) if help is required. I'm certainly glad that the town has done a lot of IT work. Now they can have timely updates that no one can receive... Back to my basic question: Does the town have an emergency plan and if so where is it? Why isn't it published on the town web site Or perhaps it was just another oversight ....
Susan Balla October 29, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Michael, call 211 if you need assistance. Call the police department at 203 775 2575. Call 911 for emergencies. We have never had to evacuate so no one knows where we are to go if and when we need to. Call CL&P for downed wires. You should have been listening to the governor. Everything is on CT.gov. Yes I agree with you that the first selectman should have made a all over call on the alert system. That shows you how disconnected he is with the people of this town.
Rob Gianazza October 29, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I received a recorded call from Major Jay Purcell from the Brookfield Police as part of the Emergency Communication system. We signed up for it some time ago and it has served the community well. Perhaps someone from the Town will inform people how to sign up for it if they haven't already done so.
Steven DeVaux October 29, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Interesting that over 200 town's folk in Meadowbrook Manor have been labeled an "isolated spot". Must not be an election year for town offices.
Adele Friedman October 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM
I, too, got a call from Brookfield PD on our landline last night with a situation update. The High School is the evacuation place. I could add my cell phone for emergency notifications. I am trying to figure out why some think websites would be a better way to get emergency help than phones. After the NorEaster last fall, we were without power for six days, but without internet access via Charter Cable for several days longer. So internet access was only via smart phone. Thankfully, our landline is NOT through Charter, so we had landline phone service all but two days.
Steven DeVaux October 29, 2012 at 05:56 PM
There goes Meadowbrook Manor underwater.
Ken October 29, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Must be glad you moved out of dodge so to speak and don't have to worry about facing that situation in Meadowbrook.
bkmom October 29, 2012 at 07:30 PM
To sign up for the alert system - the CT government website is: http://www.ctalert.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp You will see a box on the left hand side for you to click on to register. You can input your cell and home numbers, your email addresses, choose texts, calls, etc and the order in which you wish to be called. Hope this helps!
Steven DeVaux October 29, 2012 at 09:47 PM
We were one of a dozen homes on the high ground and never had to experience what our friends and neighbors suffered through due to the town's failure to do it's diligence with the stormwater street drainage.
thomas blaney October 30, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Let us all pray for the East coast as well as everyone in the United States! Should a "unfortunate situation" occur in our beloved town, is there a site where volunteers can sign up to assist? Lets prove that Brookfield is the best town in the state as well as in America! Lets all band together as a community and help each other! Stay safe ya'all!!!!!!
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM
"North Mountain Road is closed near Lake Road but otherwise driving around this morning didn't look too awful..." Michael Zschunke left this comment on the Brookfield Patch Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BrookfieldPatch
J Varda October 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Mr Miracle and Devaux, with all the information listed in these posts and for the last 5 days the warnings in the news you think you would have been more prepared fir an unprecented storm. Seem to me all the failings to follow directions falls in your lap. Government cant hold your gamd. ihave listened and between my wife and myself received 5 communications of what to do. Are you that much child of politics you need to blame everyone else but you. Please everyone be smart and safe!
Steven DeVaux October 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM
The fact that the town failed address the Meadowbrook Manor flooding situation despite it having a year in which to do so does not mean they are not to blame for the flooding situation merely because the First Selectman called them an "isolated incident". Indeed every townsperson should be of equal importance to town governance - and they have not been so treated and suffered the consequence.
Brian Boodry October 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Hey Devaux ... how about proposing a solultion and instead of whining like a little baby. (to an an audience that does not care what you think)
Steven DeVaux October 30, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Sure. Instead of spending $850,000 to fund David Scribner's pension fund, spend it to put an engineered storm drain system under TOWN roads that takes the water away. They have had a year too after last years flooding and didn't. Do it before the start of the next hurricane season and fix a TOWN problem that PRIVATE HOMEROWNERS have had to endure. STOP blaming the STATE and the STATE blaming the TOWN. Quite pointing fingers and make the folks homes SALEABLE again (they have to reveal they flood to any homebuyers). Do it ALL before putting suggesting the town needs another artificial turf football field or a new town beach on Candlewood Lake. PRIORITIZE health and safety over recreation and looks. Those folks all paid and pay town taxes too and are entitled to a solution to their health and safety needs. The town engineer, Board of Selectmen and state have all failed them on a grand scale. They need to re-engineer the TOWN system this winter and fix it in the early spring. After the last few hurricanes that solution will work. Otherwise, they should pursue legal action against the town for a failure to provide for their health and safety by dumping water back on their properties.
bkmom October 30, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Does anyone have any updates on road closures there may be in town?
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Here's the latest info from First Selectman Bill Davidson: http://brookfield.patch.com/blog_posts/hurricane-sandy-tuesday-morning-9-am-update-from-first-selectman
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Folks have also weighed in on power outages and road closures here: https://www.facebook.com/BrookfieldPatch
bkmom October 30, 2012 at 01:48 PM
My 2c. I'm checking the Brookfield Patch website less and less these days. Why? I'm just sick to death of reading subjective political diatribes instead of actual news, useful information and interesting opinions. I appreciate Mr DeVaux and others have their opinions, but they seem to be hooked on Patch as a mechanism to let the world know what they think is wrong with our town; hour after hour and day after day. It's really unfair on the rest of us and other towns that have a Patch are a far better read. Yes, the town has issues but this is NOT the forum for blame slinging, name calling, personal politiking and personal vitriol.
David Propper October 30, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I have been seeing town trucks and fire department SUVs patrolling the neighborhood looking for issues to be addressed. With 20+ mph winds expected to day, things can still happen. Please stay safe everybody. There is a new Town update (9:30 am). Several town building will be open to support those without power. Check it out at: http://www.brookfieldct.gov/Pages/BrookfieldCT_EmerNews/019B5F68-000F8513
bkmom October 30, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Thanks David and Jaime. If we're still out of power in the morning, we'll be straight at the Y for our showers!
Kerry Swift October 30, 2012 at 03:00 PM
The Greenknoll Y isn't open as of now - we should be getting an update soon as to when it's expected to be open.
Kerry Swift October 30, 2012 at 03:07 PM
The Greenknoll Y is scheduled to open at noon today - it was just posted on Facebook.
Kathleen October 30, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Thank you bkmom!!!!! We never knew this. But we received a call on our land line yesterday anyway. Now we're all set up;!!
Steven DeVaux October 30, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Remember too that the HAM radio network has excellent coverage regardless of conditions and is a wealth of information - even in contacting people during outages of cell and land lines. Do you know the HAM radio operator in your neighborhood? Their call sign? In critical emergencies throughout the nation the HAM radio network has been the unsung heros in getting police/fire/rescue/medical information to the responders rapidly when it's time sensitive.
Steven DeVaux October 30, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Here's Brookfield's 53 licensed operators. Might even be a neighbor! They are Brookfield's unsung hero's in an emergency. http://www.city-data.com/aradio/lic-Brookfield-Connecticut.html
Steven DeVaux October 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Ain't America great or what?!
Steven DeVaux October 30, 2012 at 11:33 PM
They haven't taken that over as the town Rec centre yet? They're behind schedule.
sock puppet October 31, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I thought government was bad and it should private citizens that do things. Which one is Mr. DeVaux.
sock puppet October 31, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I am unfamiliar with the "problems" at Meadowbrook. Is the flooding something relatively new? Was it something that should have been foreseen by the developer and dealt with then? Maybe over-development is the true problem?


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