New Canaan's power likely restored in a week, first selectman says
Power is likely to be restored throughout New Canaan by Thursday, Nov. 8, according First Selectman Rob Mallozzi.
"This is not going to be a two-day deal. I'm reasonably confident people will have power a week from today," he said in a Thursday interview.
Though he has been unhappy with the pace with which Connecticut Light & Power has addressed New Canaan's needs after Hurricane Sandy, he said additional crews arrived Thursday and more are on the way.
"We received more crews today from CL&P. We will receive more crews tomorrow ... We and CL&P are one of the few towns that are going 24/7 on trying to mitigate the situation. We're not going to bed at night," Mallozzi said.
Mallozzi, his voice dropping a bit, said he understands the frustration of some residents without power.
"Life is brutal and life is tough right now for so many of our citizens, but there's a spirit here [at the Emergency Operations Center] that's really beautiful. People are starting to complain heavily now about power. I understand that. It doesn't matter, but I understand that."
Mallozzi said the EOC is still doing very well in terms of volunteers.
From downtown New Canaan, CL&P trucks and town tree crew vehicles were ubiquitous Thursday afternoon, heading in all directions of town.
There are still more than 5,700 New Canaan households without power as of 6 p.m. Thursday, or roughly 68 percent of the town. This is about the same amount that has been without power since Monday night.
Several New Canaanites said they thought the town has done a good job.
Resident Liz Allen has downed wires across her driveway and a broken telephone pole and transformer on her lawn. She and her family can't get out of their driveway and have been bicycling into town and to friends' houses. Still, she thinks the town has done a good job over the last several days.
"Overall, I think the town has done a good job, contacting residents [with automated calls]. It's one of those situations that forces you to be patient. I'm hoping that once the streets are safe, we can get attention," she said.
New Canaan resident Susan Hoelzer also had an optimistic outlook on the situation.
"It could be a lot worse. It could be cold, we could have gas lines. If you ask me in a week, I might have a different answer," she said while standing in line at Starbucks.
The Starbucks on Elm Street was packed Thursday with customers carrying laptops. Barista Jed Johnson, the man with seemingly limitless energy, said the shop has been steadily busy, though people have not quite been their usual selves.
"People seem not quite as upbeat as normal," he said.
Due to the storm, Johnson has had to make alternative plans to get to work in the morning from Stamford.
"Today, I rode the bus to Norwalk Community College. From there, I walked about 4.3 miles. It took about an hour and 10 minutes," he said.
He wasn't complaining, though. "I do everything by foot, so it felt great."
With no school until Monday and possibly beyond, more than two-thirds of homes still without power, and dozens of roads still blocked due to downed trees and wires, Johnson surely is not the only one making alternate plans these days.
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