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Less than 1% of Shelton without power

UI crews prepare for work on Tuesday. — S. David Rose Photo

Tuesday, 9:20 a.m. — UI reports that 141 residents remain without power this morning. That’s less than 1% of the city.

Monday, 9:50 a.m. — 656 Shelton customers are without power Monday morning.

As of 6 a.m.  today, the company had restored more than 239,000 customers. While it met the initial goal of 95% restoration goal on Sunday, the Company reaffirmed today that it will not rest until all customers are restored, according to a press release. Company officials also have begun discussing its plans for the possible Nor’easter that is forecasted to impact Connecticut on Wednesday of this week. 

“We want our customers to know that we are carefully watching this new storm and planning accordingly,” said James P. Torgerson, UIL’s president and chief executive officer.  “We are also mindful that Tuesday is Election Day and we will be providing all employees and contractors the opportunity to vote.”

Hurricane Sandy’s destruction in Connecticut was evident by the trees, debris and flood waters that impacted the shoreline and many communities throughout the state.  Utility crews had a difficult challenge ahead but persevered through a number of issues, according to the release.

“As a whole, the community has been very supportive of our line workers and the hard work they have shown during this regional crisis,” added Torgerson.  Customers have repeatedly offered their thanks, even provided baked goods and beverages to our employees who have worked tirelessly to restore power to everyone. We are very grateful for their support.”

As the day continues, more progress is expected with the remaining outages, as they gradually take more time to restore based on the type of work.  Many are single services that require just as much work as larger group outages but fewer customers are energized as a result. 

The company plans to discuss more details at a press briefing in Orange today. 

More Information is available at UI’s website, www.uinet.com, or by visiting our social media sites:
Twitter: @UnitedIllum, @UILHoldings
Facebook: facebook.com/UILHoldings
YouTube: youtube.com/UILHoldings

 

Sunday, 1:20 p.m. — UI reports this afternoon that 1,878 in Shelton still without power. That’s 10.8% of the city.

Saturday, 12:54 p.m. — Less than 20% of Shelton is still without power. UI reports 3,448 are without power.

Friday, 2 p.m. — UI is estimating full power restoration for Shelton by Sunday night, according to state Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113), who received an update from UI.

“UI expects to get another 3,713 customers back online by midnight tonight,” Perillo posted on his Facebook page. “Many have already come back on (Aspetuck, Huntington Center). This will leave 1,981 without power at midnight (11%).”

“By midnight on Saturday, UI expects that only 387 customers will be without power. UI hopes to restore those folks on Sunday,” Perillo said.

Friday, 10:30  a.m. —Officials will likely keep the emergency shelter at the Community Center, 41 Church St, open during the weekend.

No official decision has been made yet, Fire Marshal James Tortora said, but with power outages still around 30% and temperatures dropping, the need for shelter has increased. The shelter is open to residents 24/7.

“Last night we had eight people stay there and the night before was two people,” Tortora said this morning.

People without power can also use the Community Center to shower or charge devices.

Echo Hose Ambulance, 100 Meadow St., is still handing out water, ice and meals, ready to eat.

About 30% of Shelton, 5,267 customers, were without power Friday at 10 a.m.

UI said Thursday morning that 95% of customers will be back by midnight on Monday.

Thursday — Shelton schools will be closed Friday, due to continued power outages and travel issues.

Schools have been closed all week. On Wednesday, the school superintendent said one school building and central office was without power. By this afternoon, 36% of the city was still without power.

“I toured our schools and routes this morning and afternoon and we still have many impassable roads due to downed wires and trees,” Superitendent Freeman Burr said in an email Wednesday. “Re-routing bus stops would not only be time consuming but would place our students at risk. I have been in contact our Mayor and Fire Marshal throughout the day and we agree this is the best course of action.”

The Shelton Community Center is available for people without power, who need showers or to charge devices. Emergency supplies, like food, water and ice were also available at Echo Hose Ambulance’s 100 Meadow St. headquarters.

AT&T is offering free cell phone and tablet charging stations to those left without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. All company-owned stores in New England will offer the charging service until Nov. 12.

In addition, AT&T and T-Mobile have entered into an agreement to enable roaming on their networks to customers of both companies in the hard-hit areas. Customers can place calls normally, but their calls will be carried by whichever network is most operational in the area. There will be no change to rates or plans for customers of either company.

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