CL&P Will Not Meet All Restoration Goals, Southbury Residents May be Without Power Until Tuesday

Some Southbury homes may not get power back for over 48 hours.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today said that CL&P would not meet its self-identified goal of 99 percent power restoration in each city and town by midnight tonight, and released a document outlining updated town-by-town restoration times.

Southbury’s goal to have 99 percent of town restored by 11:59 p.m. tonight is still on target, according to the report. The residents who do not have power by midnight tonight though, the remaining one percent, may have to wait another 48 hours for restoration. The deadline for the remaining Southbury homes is set at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. 17 percent of Southbury is currently without power at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Malloy said he hopes the update will allow cities and towns across the state to more accurately plan for sheltering and warming centers, school schedules and give their residents more accurate restoration information.

“The closer we got to CL&P’s self-identified goal of 99 percent restoration in each city and town by midnight tonight, the more skeptical I became of their ability to meet that goal,” said Malloy. “It’s now clear they are not going to meet their goal – and I’ll have more to say about that at noon today.

“I’m releasing this information because towns and cities need to make preparations based on the reality of the situation – not what CL&P hopes to have happen -- and residents need to make individual decisions about what to do over the next few days.”

Claudia Chapman November 06, 2011 at 06:25 PM
It's Sunday and I am in the library. We are still without power on Georges Hill Road, near the Oxford line. During Irene, CL&P believed that power on Georges Hill Road had been restored so they stopped working on it. (It was actually down for a week then.) Questions for Southbury: Why wasn't the senior center opened in to the evening hours for bathing? There is only one stall and the line was very long the day I attempted to use the facilities. In an emergency we should have the center open for extended hours. Why was the library closed at 4 PM on Saturday? Again, we should have had extended hours so people could use the computers and keep warm. The librarians said that the First Selectman made the decision regarding hours and "didn't want to pay overtime" to extend library hours. Where were the sandwich board signs telling us where food and water were available? A "phone call" from the first selectman doesn't do any good if you have no phone service. Were public meals available, as they were in other towns? If they were, the information was not widely available.
Debbie Pinero November 06, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Let's add to this the First Selectman sent out an email saying the Red Cross shelter at PHS would be closing today but the Crowne Plaza and Heritage Hotels had plenty of availability. I called both and neither had any rooms avalable.
Here we go again November 06, 2011 at 06:56 PM
The First Selectman has not shown any real concern for the residents of Southbury whether they were displaced by flood waters, rendered powerless by Irene or have spent the last 8 days without power, water, food or in some cases access to or from their homes. What he has shown is a selfishness centered around using these tragedies and emergencies for publicity in his campaign. When asked 7 months ago why he wanted to run for another term he stated he wanted to "vest in the town pension plan". That does not give me any warm fuzzies about where his concerns are during this event. The first selectman of any town takes on a certain responsibility for his or her residents regardless of where they live, how much they make or how they vote. Davis has shown he is not up to accepting this responsibility. He has no regard for laws, policies, ordinances or the Charter he was sworn to uphold. Why would we expect him to have regard for us?
Aaron Turner November 06, 2011 at 08:12 PM
Also on Georges Hill near the Oxford line. CL&P has now given me the 9th update on when they think my power will be restored since they started providing estimates on Wednesday afternoon. I can reliably expect each to pass, and then an hour after it passes I can expect another estimate. So what validity is Davis counting on that 99% of Southbury (which will leave 100 darkened homes) will be restored by midnight tonight? Meanwhile, based on this ridiculous claim by CL&P, the schools are re-opening tomorrow, which forced the closure of the shelter at the high school. What I continue to see here is an attempt to create reality by wishing it to be so - on the part of not only CL&P, but the First Selectman and the Governor. There seems to be a desperate attempt to return the town to "normal", or pretend it is normal, just before Tuesday's election. I am sickened by this experience. I hope the rest of us can hang onto this feeling of outrage long enough to see some substantial change in the relationship between the utilities and the government. That relationship has progressed to the edge of a Fascist economy. Those who don't believe I am using the right term to describe that relationship should read up on what Fascism means as an economic system.
Marxist November 06, 2011 at 09:49 PM
Such shame the working class people of Southbury must suffer during this disaster. The wealthy town official think working class can spend more money on hotel rooms and add to wealth of wealthy. Instead of town of Southbury should be provide for working class during this time of need. For the working people of Southbury without power I would suggest be heading over to First Selectman's house and ask him "Why can I not stay with you fellow comrade until I have power, since the shelter is close?"
Here we go again November 06, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Post of the year candidate! LMFAO
Southbury Socialist November 06, 2011 at 10:41 PM
JHS November 07, 2011 at 12:13 AM
The governor said CLP would have 99% restored by tonight. Davis is just following what the gov said.
JHS November 07, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Maybe everyone who's out of power should go to Edelson's bed and breakfast to get put up. But let's deny CL+Ps next rate hike for trimming trees, hiring more crews. ANd let's not ever allow another power plant to be built in this state to generate cheaper electricity. No just keep complaining. ANyone have any common sense out there.
Here we go again November 07, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Are you for real? The governor didn't say that, Butler from CL&P said it. He's now retracted and apologized for it. The governor specifically said he didn't believe CL&P could do it, Davis is just to ignorant to say anything else but what he's been told by a flunky (kind of like the town hall).
Here we go again November 07, 2011 at 12:28 AM
Obviously you don't Mr. Schmidt. Typical conservative believer in trickle down economic stupidity. Have you noticed Butlers salary isn't made public? According to reports his salary is in the $3 million dollar a year range while they are cutting line crews. Do some research into how many crews they've cut over the last 20 years, I believe they had over 400 and now are below 200. Then to find out CL&P didn't pay the bills from Irene so crews were hesitant to come here. How many power crews could be added if you cut the CL&P presidents salary in half and cut the payouts to CL&P shareholders while we get raped with the highest electric bills in the United States? Ed Edelson isn't in charge yet. Wait until after Tuesday's election and he takes office on December 5th. Until then send everyone to the Southford store and Davis home for vittles and power.
JHS November 07, 2011 at 12:34 AM
Here- read my comment. I said the gov said CLP would have 99% restored. I know the gov didn't come up with the number. He would have said 100%
JHS November 07, 2011 at 12:35 AM
HEre- Davis repeated what the goc and CLP said. Was he suppossed to come up with his own estimate based on no facts? Are you for real or just attacking Davis.
Here we go again November 07, 2011 at 12:37 AM
This is what the above article stated "Governor Dannel P. Malloy today said that CL&P would not meet its self-identified goal of 99 percent power restoration in each city and town by midnight tonight,..."
JHS November 07, 2011 at 02:54 AM
Here- don't know who you are referring to but I believe using executive pay is a lame excuse considering the huge costs of crews. Yes they should be reigned but the compensatoin committees need to be pressured to do that, unless you like the idea of wage and price controls. I personally like to see compensation committees limit executive pay to some consistent multiple of the lowest paid employee. If the cleanup costs 100 million moving the rumored execs pay from 3 to 1 million is a drop in the bucket. If you cut dividend to stockholders you jepordize the money raising ability for investment in infrastructure. People don't invest in non profits. The 2nd highest electric rates, after Hawaii I believe is the result of people like Blumy preventing power generation plants from being built and regulations by the Democrats in the legislature. When was the last time a power plant was built. Rate hikes are needed to improve the infrastructure, hiring crews, and tree trimming. The Dems demonize CLP all the time but these things cost money. You don't get something for nothing. We are a state run by Democrats who have raised regulations and costs to run a business for years. Don't look to them for solutions. I don't appreciate the insult. They are not necessary in a discussion.
Marxist November 07, 2011 at 03:04 AM
To My Fellow Comrade, Here Classic example how the Wealthy are getting more wealth from the working classes, but JHS I do think your is step in right direction. The working classes should just take over the power companies, so that vest interest make sure the power stays on and have reasonable rates for the workers. From your fellow comrade, Marxist
JHS November 07, 2011 at 03:14 AM
Marxist- nationalization of anything leads to an inefficient running of the operation. The govt is inefficient and if it stayed out of the power generation business, we'd have lesser rates. The unnecessary regulation the government puts on business kills it. You do sound like Chavez and he has done such a terriffic job in his country. He killed the oil industry, and the electric power is not consistent.
Marxist November 07, 2011 at 03:27 AM
To My Fellow Comrade JHS, Have you look at the Norwich, CT and Wallingford, Ct power disturbing company. Oh Wait, they are town government doing power disturbing and they did not have near as many problem on case by case problem. So, power to working class people. By the way Socialism is not Communism and Chavez is socialist and not Communist, so let get the fact straight. Furthermore nationalization is not the goal of mine, but rather have local communities be able take care of themselves, there would be no need for the state. From your fellow comrade, Marxist
JHS November 07, 2011 at 03:31 AM
Yes compare 2 town power companies to an whole state. THat;s a fair comparison.
Marxist November 07, 2011 at 03:36 AM
To My Fellow Comrade JHS, Root of all problem is Wealthy getting wealthier off the working class. From your fellow comrade, Marxist


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