Outage Rate Drops Dramatically in Brookfield Friday

Focus on Deer Run and Flax Hill areas Friday.

Power is slowly returning to Brookfielders who have been without electricity since , with reports of the lights coming back on on Obtuse Road South and many of its side roads early Friday morning. As of 12 p.m. Friday, Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) is reporting only 9 percent of the town without power, down from .

“We expect to have 99 percent of the state back up before Wednesday [September 7],” Brookfield’s CL&P representative Bob Bobarsky said Friday, stating that many would see their power restored well before that.

Lake George Road resident David Propper, , told Patch his power was restored Friday, a week ahead of the projected schedule.

Meanwhile, more than 770 resident are still in the dark.

During a 10 a.m. meeting with Bobarsky and town officials, First Selectman Bill Davidson stated that the focus going into the weekend would be on the Deer Run Road and Flax Hill Road areas, as well as clearing trees on Arrowhead Point and in Candlewood Shores.

“We know what we’ve got to get done,” Davidson said, noting the marked progress since the stagnation earlier in the week.

As of 8 a.m., the number of statewide outages was at 148,000 CL&P customers, a fraction of the peak 672,000 customers who were without power earlier this week.

With nearly 1,600 crews expected to be working Friday — nearly double the number of personnel on the ground Tuesday — the company is on track to meet its initial goal, which was to have fewer than 100,000 statewide outages by Saturday.

“We will continue a 24-hour-a-day restoration as we move forward with this three-day weekend,” CL&P Chief Operating Officer Jeff Butler said during a telephone conference with reporters Friday morning. “We are maintaining a workforce that we have this weekend.”

The damage to the state was extensive with 10,000 “trouble spots” identified (see below) and more than 2,000 roads closed immediately following the aftermath of Irene, Butler said.

The devastation was more severe in the eastern and southwest corners of the state with these areas expected to take the longest to get back online, Butler said.

Butler said the company would consider ways to prevent such a large-scale outage in the future but it would require the agreement of local officials and residents.

“It would [require] extensive tree trimming and tree removal and whatever we do has to be acceptable to the public as well,” he said.

Burying the lines underground would likely prove cost-prohibitive to the company and municipalities, Butler said.

Across the state, CL&P reported 943 broken poles, 508 damaged transformers, 3,433 sections of downed wires and 2,119 road closings at the start of restoration efforts. As of Friday morning, the utility said it has repaired 458 broken poles, 176 transformers, re-wired 1,389 sections of line and opened 1,480 roads.

CL&P provided this breakdown of damage by sections of the state it serves:

Southern district, including Brookfield, Newtown, Norwalk, Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Ridgefield, Redding, Weston, Easton, Fairfield, Bethel, Danbury, Darien and Monroe:

  •  Broken poles: 336, repaired 237
  •  Damaged transformers: 193, repaired 73
  •  Sections of downed wires: more than 1,000, repaired 624
  •  Road closures: 498, opened 440

Eastern district, including Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, the Lymes, Waterford, Stoningotn, Ledyard, Haddam, Durham, Middletown, Colchester, Glastonbury, Mansfield, Williamantic and Killingly:

  •  Broken poles: 384, repaired 126
  •  Damaged transformers: 174, repaired 30
  •  Sections of downed wires: 1,198, repaired 183
  •  Road closures: 649, re-opened 448

Central division, including Farmington, Avon, West Hartford, Manchester, Vernon, Tolland, Willington, South Windsor, Ellington, Stafford, Granby and Simsbury:

  •  Broken poles: 56, repaired 51
  •  Damaged transformers: 50, repaired 43
  •  Sections of downed wires: 417, repaired 328
  •  Road closures: 242, re-opened 214

Eastern division, including Oxford, Southbury, Woodbury, Middlebury, Waterbury, Southington, New Britain, Berlin, Meriden, Litfield, Torrington, Canaan, Cheshire, Bethany, Seymour and Beacon Falls:

  • Broken poles: 165, repaired 71
  • Damaged transformers: 91, repaired 30
  • Sections of downed wire: 616, repaired 254
  • Road closures: 702, re-opened 350
ts September 02, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Yes, the power was restored to Whippoorwill off of Flax hill a short time ago! We were powerless and without water the better part of a week in June after the tornado and to go through this again in less than three months was beyond ridiculous. The mere thought of having to go until next Wednesday or Thursday to be restored was unacceptable. I hope that the powers that be use this as a learning experience so that there is better preparation for an event like this in the future. The loss of income (I work from home), loss of refrigerated food, take out meals, paying for external services such as faxing and laundry, was overwhelming to experience twice in such a short time. There were serious medical risks as well as several of us in this family have life saving nebulizers to be used in the event of an asthma attack. The preventative measures we put in place such as hepa air filters and air conditioning to prevent such occurrences were obviously useless, which increased the risk of a medical emergency. Not everyone has family close by to assist, can afford generators, or have the financial resources to go to a hotel for an extended period of time. One would think that the high cost of living in CT including taxes and premium utility rates would give us a bit better service than this. I do not know if my emails to my representative, Scribner, helped at all but I did all I could. If it did, than I am very grateful for the assistance.
Concerned Brookfield Citizen September 02, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Riiiiiight. The political leadership was responsible for the hurricane (no, that was Mother Nature). Wait, wait, I've got it, the political leaders have tactical control of the line workers (no, that's CL&P). What do you think that the political leadership should have done instead? Let us try to be civil during this time of recovery.
Brian Gallagher September 02, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Steve - This comment is way out of line. While the CL&P reaction to the storm probably could have been better - this is in no way shape or form the fault of Davidson or Scribner. Point your fingers elsewhere.
Leigh Scarlett Fortin September 03, 2011 at 11:41 AM
Stonybrook Rd-still waiting for power
Concerned Brookfield Citizen September 03, 2011 at 11:44 AM
I will be the first to criticize school leaders for closing schools so quickly when there is a chance of snow. They do it for the sake of safety. I will therefore not criticize them for opening schools since I believe that the safety of our children are a high priority for our school leaders. I thought it was a good idea, whose they determined that the roads were safe for passage, to send the kids to school. At the very least, It gave the kids a structured place to be with their friends and gave the parents a chance to recover at home. Was this the only specific thing they should have done differently?
Ken September 03, 2011 at 12:46 PM
A lot of current home based durable medical equipment including respiratory assist devicesdo have battery back up sysytems. Back up power may not have helped in this case though since it sounds like power was out for 6 days. If financial reasons are part of the reason you do not have a generator but you have a medical condition that in reality neccesitates that you have a generator for at a minimum maintaining power for your medical equipment I would investigate to see if there are any special low cost lending programs that can be accessed to help people who need to have back up power due to medical neccessity. Is there a possibility that your health plan has a provision that would pay part of the cost of a generator if you can prove medical neeed? Your group adminstrator may not be forthcoming about whether this type of ancillary coverage is offered under your health plan so you may have to push them or even get outside assistance from someone like the CT Ombudsman Office for Health Care, not sure if I have the right name of this, to determine what is and is not covered or construed to be covered under your health plan.
John Hawley September 03, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Now let me see, when you were a local political "hack" (Chair of the BOE) and they found asbestos, following your interestingly convoluted logic, then you were responsible for the educational systems greatest failure of all time in Brookfield? No?? Now you just sit on your little hilltop and hack away at people who are trying to run this Town and build it's reputation and value. Thank you, Steve for all your value add.
ANDREA September 03, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Some people will never be pleased. Power could have been restored immediately and some would still find cause to attack our leadership. We are fortunate to have the leadership we have. Job well done.
Steven DeVaux September 03, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Andrea, We'll never know. The town's egregious vaccum of action on the part of it's leadership to devote around the clock monitoring and advocacy at the state level, as was done during the asbestos crisis ten years ago, can't be measured except in the misery of people and the frowns on children's faces. When other town's leaders showed results and Brookfield's reacted with words like "I'm furious" and far less results I would say Brookfield does not have the political where-with-all any longer to garner prompt action. Just an observation.
Ken September 03, 2011 at 04:16 PM
It seems that the towns local ray of sunshine who never fails with an upbeat and helpful comment across a wide array of topics seems to be out in force today. He must just love living in Brookfield.
Steve Brady September 03, 2011 at 11:20 PM
I think we should just cut all the trees down that are with in falling distance of anything related to a power source. It's not like we don't know what causes these outages. Think of all the jobs that could create. Get some State / Federal funds and have CL&P co-invest in the expense. People who don't want their trees cut down - fine leave them up. If your tree falls and cuts power - you pay the bill to get it fixed. Cut down the huge weeds !!!!
Steve Brady September 03, 2011 at 11:22 PM
BTW it's 7:21 on Saturday Night and we still don't have power


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