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598 New Canaan homes without power: Handler

Published 6:44 pm, Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Michael Handler of New Canaan's Emergency Operations Center has provided an update on the power restoration efforts being conducted by the town and Connecticut Light & Power.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, he reported:

"We still have 598 homes without power and 93 crews working to complete town-wide restoration. CL&P still stands by its promise to have substantially all power restored by 11:30 this evening. I urge anyone who is presently home and does not have power to call CL&P at (800) 286-2000 immediately. I know that you have already called multiple times, but it is important that CL&P get a current list of homes without power.

"Teams were out today evaluating the bus routes and securing any known hazards. All public schools will open tomorrow, Wednesday, November 7, at their regularly scheduled times. Families on walking routes are urged to either drive or accompany their children on the route as the potential for hazards such as downed wires may still exist. Please discuss with your child that all downed wires are considered live and dangerous and need to be avoided.

"First Selectman Mallozzi has just lifted the state of emergency but would like to assure everyone that the Emergency Operations Center remains fully staffed until all power is restored.

"On another note, we are preparing in the EOC for what could potentially be another high-wind event predicted to arrive tomorrow afternoon and lasting through Thursday. CL&P assures us that line crews will remain in town should we sustain further damage to our electrical infrastructure. While Hurricane Sandy continues to test our resilience, I assure you that we will be ready should the town sustain any additional damage."

He asks residents to call the EOC at 203-594-4100 with any questions or concerns.