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CL&P: Wilton Nears 100 Percent Power Restoration[UPDATE]

Brennan: "Town officials continue to track progress by personal field trips to all town areas."

Update 8:15am Sunday

CL&P reports that Wilton is close to 100 percent power restoration. The utility company says that 1% or 87 of its customers in town remain without power. CL&P hopes to have everyone back on-line by Sunday night.

Update 2:51pm Saturday

CL&P is reporting that 437 of its customers in Wilton remain without power. That mark represents 5 percent of its total number of customers who don't have electricity. It's a significant drop-off from Friday at 6:15pm when 13 percent of Wilton residents didn't have power.

Update 6:15 p.m. Friday

In Wilton's last Code Red "robocall," First Selectman Bill Brennan told residents that the number of CL&P customers without power in town has dropped to 13 percent.

He also said that the call would be the last Code Red update, but added that emergency information would continue to be available on the emergency hotline (203-663-2703) and on the town's website.

Brennan also said that "town officials continue to track progress by personal field trips to all town areas."

Update 12:52 p.m.

Here's a road closure list from the Wilton police website that was updated at 12 pm on Friday:

NOTE: A "NO" under road closures means that the road is passable by cars only. It is understood that there may still be trees partially blocking the road.

ADDRESS WIRES INVOLVED ROAD CLOSED STATUS:         AMBLER LANE (#34) YES  NO BLOCKING DRIVEWAY BALD HILL ROAD YES  NO   BASKINGRIDGE  YES NO TREE ON WIRES BLACKBIRCH (#9) YES NO TREE ON WIRES BLUE RIDGE RD YES NO   BLUEBERRY HILL PL NO NO TREE ACROSS  CUL-DE-SAC BOULDER BROOK (5)(31) YES NO TREES ON WIRES BRYANTS BROOK YES NO   BUCKINGHAM RIDGE RD (#42) YES NO TREE/WIRES DOWN ACROSS ROAD CARRIAGE RD #32- YES NO TREE ACROSS RD/WIRES CATALPA RD #209 / #197 NO NO TREES CHESSOR LA NO NO TREE DOWN CLOVER DRIVE (#40) YES NO TREE ON WIRES COACHMAN YES NO LARGE BRANCH HANGING ON WIRE COLEY RD YES* NO TRANSFORMER/WIRES, CLP17090 CONNERY STREET YES NO COMPLETELY BLOCKED DEER RUN (175)(91)  YES NO TREE IN ROAD DEER RUN #105 YES* DRIVEWAY WIRES ON CARS IN DRIVE DIRKSEN (#24) YES NO TREE IN ROAD DUDLEY/HEATHER- YES NO POLE IN ROAD EDGEWATER- NO NO   FOREST LANE (#9) YES * NO TREES ON WIRES GREANEST RIDGE YES YES WIRES ON ROAD GREYROCKS ROAD YES NO TREE ON WIRES HEATHER LN. (#14) (#5)   NO COMPLETELY BLOCKED HICKORY HILL RD. (#91)   NO TREE ON WIRES/PARTIAL BLOCK HILLBROOK ROAD YES NO COMPLETELY BLOCKED KELLOGG DRIVE (#90) YES NO TREE IN ROAD LINDEN TREE ROAD (#143) YES NO TREE ON WIRES LYNLEE LANE YES NO TREE/WIRES DOWN ACROSS ROAD MAYFLOWER (23 & 36) YES * NO COMPLETELY BLOCKED MILLSTONE ROAD (#296) YES * NO TREE ON WIRES / POLE LEANING MOUNTAIN RD/IRMGARD  YES NO TREE ON WIRES MOUNTAIN RD (56) YES* NO PRIMARY ON FRONT STEPS MILLSTONE RD/IN FROM 33 NO NO TREES ON WIRES NEWTOWN TPKE (#386)   NO   NOD HILL #120- YES NO LIMB IN ROAD OLD MILL RD YES NO TREE ON WIRES PARISH ROAD YES  NO TREE ON WIRES PINERIDGE ROAD (61, 55, 67, 92, 104) YES* NO WIRES ON ROAD PIPERS HILL ROAD (#82) YES NO LIMB ON WIRES POWDERHORN HILL (CLP # 6231) YES * NO WIRES DOWN W/ TREES RIVERGATE (158) YES YES POLE AND WIRES DOWN ROBIN LANE (#5) YES* NO LOW HANGING WIRES RUSCO/SILVERSPRING YES NO TREE ON WIRES SEELEY ROAD (150-155) YES NO WIRES ONLY SCARLET OAK YES NO TREE DOWN SCRIBNER HILL/BLUE RIDGE NO NO COMPLETELY BLOCKED SILVER SPRING YES NO LOW HANGING WIRES SIGNAL HILL RD YES NO POLE LEANING INTO ROAD SKUNK LANE (#118) YES NO TREE ON WIRES SPRINGBROOK LA (#10 & #34) YES* NO PARTIALLY BLOCKED SPRUCE DR (19)(25) YES NO WIRES IN TREES TANMARACK PL YES NO WIRES & TREES DOWN TANNERS LA- YES* NO CLP18901 TIMBERTOP YES NO 1 LANE TRAFFIC TURTLEBACK (#22) YES * NO WIRES NEAR RESIDENCE TWIN OAK LANE (#105) YES NO   WEST CHURCH- NO NO   WESTFIELD #13 YES NO WIRES DOWN END OF ROAD WEST MEADOW YES NO LOW HANGING WIRES WILD DUCK YES NO TREES ON WIRES WILTON ACRES (#8) YES NO TREE ON WIRES WILTON WOODS YES NO ONE END OF ROAD BLOCKED WILRIDGE/DUMPLIN HILL RD- YES NO   WOODHILL YES NO TREE ON WIRES

 

 

 

Update 12:20 p.m. Friday

According to a "robocall" from First Selectman Bill Brennan at 11am this morning, currently 19 percent of Wilton residents (1,453 CL&P customers) are still without power.

There are 19 CL&P crews at work in Wilton today and overnight, supported by town DPW personnel.

Brennan said that the "priority areas" where the crews will be working include: Ridgefield Rd., Cheesespring Rd., Olmstead Hill Rd., Catalpa, Powder Horn Hill Rd., Old Highway, Range Rd., Linden Tree Rd. and Wolfpit Rd.

The town has closed the shelter at .

Brennan added that CL&P "has advised that damage from this Northeastern storm was far more severe than experienced during Hurricane Irene in Wilton, due to damage to transmission lines and substation problems."

He also said, "During this severe emergency, the town greatly appreciates everyone's patience. We recognize that residents are tired and frustrated. Be assured every effort is being made to restore 100 percent of power to Wilton by this weekend."

Update 3:50 p.m.

About 30 percent of Wilton—2,207 CL&P customers—remain without power at this time.

A "CL&P Simply Failed" Facebook page has launched.

Update 1 p.m. Thursday

According to CL&P’s outage map, 31 percent of Wilton is without power at this time, or 2,305 customers in town.

This information from town officials Thursday:

  • , the and have all reopened (although Ms. Sharon’s Room preschool classes have been cancelled).
  • Dial-a-Ride is operating as of today on their regular schedule.
  • Wednesday’s robocall mentioned that 10 power crews and 5 tree crews were working; CL&P hopes to assign more today.

Update 12 p.m.

has announced the following extended hours as the town recovers power (as of now, 47 percent of CL&P customers in town are powerless).

Wednesday, 11/2/11

  • 7 am to 8 pm

Thursday, 11/3/11

  • 7 am to 8 pm

Friday, 11/4/11

  • 7 am to 6 pm

Saturday, 11/5/11

  • Regular hours: 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday, 11/6/11

  • Regular hours: 1 pm-5 pm

Update 11:25 a.m.

“Good progress was made yesterday," First Selectman Bill Brennan said in a new robocall this morning.

As of 11:25 a.m., 47 percent of Wilton remained without power, according to CL&P.

Highlights of the robocall include:

  • Power restorations have Reduced town power outages to 48%
  • , and now have power
  • Rt. 106 was re-energized, restoring power to many side roads
  • 10 line crews in town (generally there are two workers per crew)
  • 5 tree crews assigned by CL&P
  • Power restoration priorities will focus on these areas:
    • Skunk
    • Chestnut Hill
    • SharpHill
    • Hurlbutt
    • Rte. 33 north
    • Olmstead Hill
  • Tree clearing on north Wilton roads will continue Wednesday
  • Decision to close all schools thursdya and Friday, due to poor road conditions and safety
  • Shelter remains open at
  • Bottled water & meals delivery expected this morning, distribution at Fire Dept. HQ at starts at 12 p.m.
  • Bulk water also available

Update 9:15 a.m. Wednesday

Wilton schools will be closed through Friday, according to a robocall sent moments ago by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gary Richards.

Update, 9:07 pm

As of 8:42 p.m. Tuesday, 4,384 CL&P customers in Wilton — or 60 percent — are without power.

Update 3:56 pm

Here's a road closure list from the Wilton police website that was updated at 1 pm on Tuesday:

ADDRESS WIRES INVOLVED ROAD CLOSED STATUS:          BALD HILL ROAD YES  YES   BASKINGRIDGE  YES NO TREE ON WIRES BLUE RIDGE RD YES NO   BRANCHBROOK ROAD (#68) YES NO LIMBS ON WIRES BRYANTS BROOK YES NO   BUCKINGHAM RIDGE RD (#42) YES YES TREE/WIRES DOWN ACROSS ROAD CANNON RD/EAST OF SEELEY RD YES NO  TREE/WIRES CANTERBURY LN (#6) YES YES TREE/WIRES DOWN ACROSS ROAD CARRIAGE RD #32- YES YES TREE ACROSS RD/WIRES CATALPA RD #209 / #197 NO NO TREES CHERRY LANE YES * NO ON PROPERTY CHEESE SPRING (#283) YES COMMON DRIVE TREE ON WIRES COMMON DRIVE CHESSOR LA NO PARTIAL TREE DOWN CHICKEN ST.   NO   TREES CHIPMUNK YES NO TREE ON WIRES CLOVER DRIVE (#40) YES NO TREE ON WIRES COACHMAN YES NO LARGE BRANCH HANGING ON WIRE COLEY RD YES* NO TRANSFORMER/WIRES, CLP17090 CONNERY STREET YES NO TREES ON WIRES DEER RUN #175  NO YES TREE IN ROAD DEER RUN #149 YES * NO ON DRIVEWAY DEER RUN #105 YES* DRIVEWAY WIRES ON CARS IN DRIVE DEFOREST LANE (#12) YES NO TREES ON WIRES DIRKSEN (#24) YES NO TREE IN ROAD DUDLEY/HEATHER- YES     EDGEWATER- NO     FOREST LANE (#9) YES * NO TREES ON WIRES FORGE RD #2- YES   TREE ON WIRES GRANITE #43- YES     GREYROCKS ROAD YES YES TREE ON WIRES GRUMMAN AVE./ERDMANN NO PARTIAL TREE IN ROAD GRUMMAN HILL RD (NEAR SALEM) YES NO LIMB ON WIRES/PASSABLE HEATHER LN. (#14) (#5)     COMPLETELY BLOCKED HEMMELSCAMP/IN FROM OLMSTREAD YES NO TREE ON WIRES HICKORY HILL RD. (#91)     TREE ON WIRES/PARTIAL BLOCK HILLBROOK ROAD YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED HURLBUTT/DUCK POND NO   - HURLBUTT (#367 & #417) YES NO TREE ON WIRES HURLBUTT/CANNON YES     INDIAN HILL ROAD (#83) YES NO TREE ON WIRES (IN DRIVE) INDIAN HILL/NOD HILL NO     KELLOGG DRIVE (#90) YES YES TREE IN ROAD KENSETT AVENUE (#21) YES NO WIRES DOWN LINDEN TREE ROAD (#143) YES PARTIAL TREE ON WIRES LYNLEE LANE YES NO TREE/WIRES DOWN ACROSS ROAD MAYFLOWER (23 & 36) YES * YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED MILLSTONE ROAD (#296) YES * NO TREE ON WIRES / POLE LEANING MOUNTAIN RD/IRMGARD  YES   TREE ON WIRES MOUNTAIN RD (56) YES* NO PRIMARY ON FRONT STEPS MILLSTONE RD/IN FROM 33 NO YES TREES ON WIRES NEWTOWN TPKE (#386)       NOD HILL ROAD / SERENDIPITY YES YES TREE ON WIRES NOD HILL #120- YES   LIMB IN ROAD OAKLEDGE LA- YES     OLD BELDEN HILL RD (#59)     LIMB ON WIRES OLD DRIFTWAY YES PARTIAL TREES ON WIRES OLD FARM RD (#27) YES NO LOW HANGING WIRES OLMSTEAD/HEMMELSKAMP NO YES TREE IN ROAD PARISH ROAD YES  NO TREE ON WIRES PINERIDGE ROAD (#61) YES* YES WIRES ON ROAD PIN OAK LANE / INDIAN HILL ROAD YES YES 1 LANE PASSABLE PIPERS HILL ROAD (#82) YES NO LIMB ON WIRES POWDERHORN HILL (CLP # 6231) YES * NO WIRES DOWN W/ TREES ROBIN LANE (#5) YES* YES LOW HANGING WIRES ROSSIMUR COURT (#26) YES YES RESTING ON PRIMARY SEIR HILL #33-  YES NO LOW TREES ON WIRE SEELEY ROAD (150-155) YES NO WIRES ONLY SCRIBNER HILL/BLUE RIDGE NO YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED SIGNAL HILL RD #43- YES YES BLOCKED SKUNK LANE (#118) YES NO TREE ON WIRES SPRINGBROOK LA (#10 & #34) YES* YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED ST.JOHNS RD YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED TANNERS LA- YES*   CLP18901 TELVA ROAD YES PARTIAL TREES ON WIRES THUNDER LAKE- YES YES MANY TREES DOWN TIMBERTOP YES NO 1 LANE TRAFFIC TOPFIELD (#34) YES* NO COMPLETELY BLOCKED TURTLEBACK (#22) YES * NO WIRES NEAR RESIDENCE TWIN OAK LANE (#105) YES NO   VALEVIEW ROAD YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED WEEBURN LN NO YES TREE BLOCKING ROAD WEST CHURCH- NO YES   WESTFIELD #13 YES NO WIRES DOWN END OF ROAD WILD DUCK YES NO TREES ON WIRES WILTON ACRES YES NO TREE ON WIRES WILTON WOODS YES YES ONE END OF ROAD BLOCKED WILRIDGE/DUMPLIN HILL RD- YES YES   WOODHILL YES NO TREE ON WIRES

 

Update 12:36 pm

Brennan's robocall also stated that the town is expecting a delivery to the Fire HQ of bottled water and ready-to-eat meals. Delivery and distribution times have not been confirmed.

Update 12:25 pm

According to a robocall by First Selectman Bill Brennan, complete power restoration for the town isn't expected until Saturday. Brennan also stated that the two schools in the district without power are and   Schools, and that there are five utility crews and four tree crews currently working in Wilton.

Update 11:38 am

As of 11:11 a.m. Tuesday, 4,727 CL&P customers in Wilton — or 64 percent — are without power.

Here's a road closure list from the Wilton police website that was updated at 10:30 am on Tuesday:

ADDRESS WIRES INVOLVED ROAD CLOSED STATUS:          BALD HILL ROAD YES  YES   BASKINGRIDGE  YES NO TREE ON WIRES BLUE RIDGE RD YES NO   BRANCHBROOK ROAD (#68) YES NO LIMBS ON WIRES BRYANTS BROOK YES NO   BUCKINGHAM RIDGE RD (#42) YES YES TREE/WIRES DOWN ACROSS ROAD CANNON RD/EAST OF SEELEY RD YES NO  TREE/WIRES CANTERBURY LN (#6) YES YES TREE/WIRES DOWN ACROSS ROAD CARRIAGE RD #32- YES YES TREE ACROSS RD/WIRES CATALPA RD #209 / #197 NO NO TREES CHERRY LANE YES * NO ON PROPERTY CHEESE SPRING (#283) YES COMMON DRIVE TREE ON WIRES COMMON DRIVE CHESSOR LA NO PARTIAL TREE DOWN CHICKEN ST.   NO   TREES CHIPMUNK YES NO TREE ON WIRES CLOVER DRIVE (#40) YES NO TREE ON WIRES COACHMAN YES NO LARGE BRANCH HANGING ON WIRE COLEY RD YES* NO TRANSFORMER/WIRES, CLP17090 CONNERY STREET YES NO TREES ON WIRES DEER RUN #175  NO YES TREE IN ROAD DEER RUN #149 YES * NO ON DRIVEWAY DEER RUN #105 YES* DRIVEWAY WIRES ON CARS IN DRIVE DEFOREST ROAD (#12) YES NO TREES ON WIRES DIRKSEN (#24) YES NO TREE IN ROAD DUDLEY/HEATHER- YES     EDGEWATER- NO     FOREST LANE (#9) YES * NO TREES ON WIRES FORGE RD #2- YES   TREE ON WIRES GRANITE #43- YES     GREYROCKS ROAD YES YES TREE ON WIRES GRUMMAN AVE./ERDMANN NO PARTIAL TREE IN ROAD GRUMMAN HILL RD (NEAR SALEM) YES NO LIMB ON WIRES/PASSABLE HEATHER LN. (#14) (#5)     COMPLETELY BLOCKED HEMMELSCAMP/IN FROM OLMSTREAD YES NO TREE ON WIRES HICKORY HILL RD. (#91)     TREE ON WIRES/PARTIAL BLOCK HILLBROOK ROAD YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED HURLBUTT/DUCK POND NO   - HURLBUTT (#367 & #417) YES NO TREE ON WIRES HURLBUTT/CANNON YES     INDIAN HILL/NOD HILL NO     KELLOGG DRIVE (#90) YES YES TREE IN ROAD KENSETT AVENUE (#21) YES NO WIRES DOWN LYNLEE LANE YES NO TREE/WIRES DOWN ACROSS ROAD MAYFLOWER (23 & 36) YES * YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED MOUNTAIN RD/IRMGARD  YES   TREE ON WIRES MOUNTAIN RD (56) YES* NO PRIMARY ON FRONT STEPS MILLSTONE RD/IN FROM 33 NO YES TREES ON WIRES NEWTOWN TPKE (#386)       NOD HILL ROAD / SERENDIPITY YES YES TREE ON WIRES NOD HILL #120- YES   LIMB IN ROAD OAKLEDGE LA- YES     OLD BELDEN HILL RD (#59)     LIMB ON WIRES OLD DRIFTWAY YES PARTIAL TREES ON WIRES OLD FARM RD (#27) YES NO LOW HANGING WIRES OLMSTEAD/HEMMELSKAMP NO YES TREE IN ROAD PARISH ROAD YES  NO TREE ON WIRES PINERIDGE ROAD (#61) YES* YES WIRES ON ROAD PIN OAK LANE / INDIAN HILL ROAD YES YES 1 LANE PASSABLE PIPERS HILL ROAD (#82) YES NO LIMB ON WIRES POWDERHORN HILL (CLP # 6231) YES * NO WIRES DOWN W/ TREES ROBIN LANE (#5) YES* YES LOW HANGING WIRES ROSSIMUR COURT (#26) YES YES RESTING ON PRIMARY SEIR HILL #33-  YES NO LOW TREES ON WIRE SEELEY ROAD (150-155) YES NO WIRES ONLY SCRIBNER HILL/BLUE RIDGE NO YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED SIGNAL HILL RD #43- YES YES BLOCKED SKUNK LANE (#118) YES NO TREE ON WIRES SPRINGBROOK LA (#10 & #34) YES* YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED ST.JOHNS RD YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED TALL OAKS YES NO TREE ON WIRES TANNERS LA- YES*   CLP18901 TELVA ROAD YES PARTIAL TREES ON WIRES THUNDER LAKE- YES YES MANY TREES DOWN TIMBERTOP YES NO 1 LANE TRAFFIC TOPFIELD (#34) YES* NO COMPLETELY BLOCKED TURTLEBACK (#22) YES * NO WIRES NEAR RESIDENCE TWIN OAK LANE (#105) YES NO   VALEVIEW ROAD YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED WEEBURN LN NO YES TREE BLOCKING ROAD WEST CHURCH- NO YES   WESTFIELD #13 YES NO WIRES DOWN END OF ROAD WILD DUCK YES NO TREES ON WIRES WILTON ACRES YES NO TREE ON WIRES WILTON WOODS YES YES ONE END OF ROAD BLOCKED WILRIDGE/DUMPLIN HILL RD- YES YES   WOODHILL YES NO TREE ON WIRES

Update 10:33 am

Due to continued restoration efforts, Gov. Malloy has extended the in-person deadline for voter registration until Nov. 7 at noon, according to Tina Gardner from Wilton's Registrar of Voters. Those who turn 18, become a U.S. citizen, or relocate to town after Nov. 1 have until 5 p.m. on Nov. 7 to register in person.

Gardner said that the office will be open Monday-Friday during normal business hours, as well as today until 8:00 pm.


Update 10:26 am

A resident of Weeburn Lane has reported that trees and wires are currently down on the street.

Update 10:08 am 

will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 2., according to a robocall sent by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gary Richards.


Update 9:07 am Tuesday


As of 8:41 a.m. Tuesday, 4,736 CL&P customers in Wilton — or 64 percent — are without power.

Here's a road closure list from the Wilton police website that was updated at 4:30 pm on Monday:

 

ADDRESS WIRES INVOLVED ROAD CLOSED STATUS         BALD HILL ROAD YES  YES   BELDEN HILL LANE / GRAENEST RIDGE  YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED BELDEN HILL LANE /EDGEWATER YES NO WIRES ONLY BASKINGRIDGE  YES NO TREE ON WIRES BLACK ALDER/CANNON- NO NO   BRANCHBROOK ROAD (#68) YES NO LIMBS ON WIRES BRYANTS BROOK YES NO   CANNON RD/EAST OF SEELEY RD YES NO  TREE/WIRES CARRIAGE RD #32- YES YES TREE ACROSS RD/WIRES CATALPA RD #209 / #197 NO NO TREES CHICKEN ST.   NO   TREES CLOVER DRIVE (#40) YES NO TREE ON WIRES COLEY RD YES NO TRANSFORMER/WIRES, CLP17090 DEER RUN #175  NO YES TREE IN ROAD DEER RUN #105 YES DRIVEWAY WIRES ON CARS IN DRIVE DIRKSEN (#24) YES NO TREE IN ROAD DUDLEY/HEATHER- YES     EDGEWATER- NO     FORGE RD #2- YES   TREE ON WIRES GRANITE #43- YES     GREYROCKS ROAD YES YES TREE ON WIRES GRUMMAN HILL RD (NEAR WIPPLE) YES NO LOW HANGING WIRES HEMMELSCAMP/IN FROM OLMSTREAD YES NO TREE ON WIRES HILLBROOK ROAD YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED HURLBUTT/DUCK POND NO   - HURLBUTT (#367 & #417) YES NO TREE ON WIRES HURLBUTT/CANNON YES     INDIAN HILL/NOD HILL NO     KELLOGG DRIVE (#90) YES YES TREE IN ROAD KENSETT AVENUE (#21) YES NO WIRES DOWN LYNLEE LANE YES NO WIRES DOWN MAYFLOWER (36) YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED MOUNTAIN RD/IRMGARD  YES   TREE ON WIRES MOUNTAIN RD (56) YES NO PRIMARY ON FRONT STEPS MILLSTONE RD/IN FROM 33 NO YES   MUSKET RIDGE/MAIL COACH- YES YES CLP18296 NEW CANAAN RD/BAYBERRY- YES YES WIRES ON ROAD NEWTOWN TPKE (#386)       NOD HILL ROAD / SERENDIPITY YES YES TREE ON WIRES NOD HILL #120- YES   LIMB IN ROAD OAKLEDGE LA- YES     OLMSTEAD/HEMMELSKAMP NO YES TREE IN ROAD PINERIDGE ROAD (#61) YES YES WIRES ON ROAD PIN OAK LANE / INDIAN HILL ROAD YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED PIPERS HILL ROAD (#82) YES NO LIMB ON WIRES RIVERGATE ROAD (#150) YES YES TREE IN ROAD ROBIN LANE (#5) YES YES LOW HANGING WIRES ROSSIMUR COURT (#26) YES YES RESTING ON PRIMARY SEIR HILL #33-  YES NO LOW TREES ON WIRE SEELEY ROAD (150-155) YES NO WIRES ONLY SCRIBNER HILL/BLUE RIDGE NO YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED SIGNAL HILL RD #43- YES YES BLOCKED SKUNK LANE (#118) YES NO TREE ON WIRES SPRINGBROOK LA (#34) YES YES   ST.JOHNS PLACE YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED TALL OAKS YES NO TREE ON WIRES TANNERS LA- YES   CLP18901 THUNDER LAKE- YES YES MANY TREES DOWN TOPFIELD (#34) YES NO COMPLETELY BLOCKED TURTLEBACK (#22) YES NO WIRES NEAR RESIDENCE TWIN OAK LANE (#105) YES NO   WEST CHURCH- NO YES   WEST MEADOW #133 YES   PRIMARY IN ROAD WEST MEADOW/EAST MEADOW YES YES POLE BROKEN WILTON ACRES YES NO TREE ON WIRES WILRIDGE/DUMPLIN HILL RD- YES YES   WOLFPIT ROAD (#122) YES YES TREE ON WIRES

Update 6:50 pm Monday

The town of Wilton updated its information to residents via Code Red alert calls and on its town website. There is now a Storm Information Hotline for residents to call for information on town services and response to the snow storm: 203-663-2703.

In addition to telling residents the hours the Wilton Y will be open to the public for showers, WiFi, etc. (5:30 am - 10:00 pm), calls informed Wiltonites that the restaurant Dina will be open 11:30 am - 10 pm Tuesday to anyone for power and electronics recharging.

Update 5:43 pm Monday

As of 4:41 p.m. Monday, 4,896 CL&P customers — or 67 percent — are without power.

Water is being given out at the HQ fire station next to Town Hall. Residents will need to bring their own containers. A Storm Information Hotline has also been set up for residents to get more information: 203-663-2703.


Update 2:54 pm Monday

As of 2:41p.m. Monday, 4,873 CL&P customers — or 66 percent — are without power.


Update 12:47 pm Monday

As of 12:10 p.m. Monday, 5,689 CL&P customers — or 77 percent — are without power.


Update 12:17 pm Monday

Here's a road closure list from the Wilton police website that was updated at 11:30 am on Monday:

ADDRESS WIRES INVOLVED ROAD CLOSED STATUS         BALD HILL ROAD YES  YES   BELDEN HILL LANE / GRAENEST RIDGE  YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED BELDEN HILL LANE /EDGEWATER YES NO WIRES ONLY BASKINGRIDGE  YES NO TREE ON WIRES BLACK ALDER/CANNON- NO NO   BRANCHBROOK ROAD (#68) YES NO LIMBS ON WIRES BRYANTS BROOK YES NO   CANNON RD/EAST OF SEELEY RD YES NO  TREE/WIRES CARRIAGE RD #32- YES YES TREE ACROSS RD/WIRES CATALPA RD #209 / #197 NO NO TREES CHICKEN ST.   NO   TREES CLOVER DRIVE (#40) YES NO TREE ON WIRES COLEY RD YES NO TRANSFORMER/WIRES, CLP17090 DEER RUN #175  NO YES TREE IN ROAD DEER RUN #105 YES DRIVEWAY WIRES ON CARS IN DRIVE DIRKSEN (#24) YES NO TREE IN ROAD DUDLEY/HEATHER- YES     EDGEWATER- NO     FORGE RD #2- YES   TREE ON WIRES GRANITE #43- YES     GREYROCKS ROAD YES YES TREE ON WIRES GRUMMAN HILL RD (NEAR WIPPLE) YES NO LOW HANGING WIRES HEMMELSCAMP/IN FROM OLMSTREAD YES NO TREE ON WIRES HILLBROOK ROAD YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED HURLBUTT/DUCK POND NO   - HURLBUTT (#367 & #417) YES NO TREE ON WIRES HURLBUTT/CANNON YES     INDIAN HILL/NOD HILL NO     KELLOGG DRIVE (#90) YES YES TREE IN ROAD KENSETT AVENUE (#21) YES NO WIRES DOWN LYNLEE LANE YES NO WIRES DOWN MATHER STREET (LANDFILL)   YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED MAYFLOWER (36) YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED MOUNTAIN RD/IRMGARD  YES   TREE ON WIRES MOUNTAIN RD (56) YES NO PRIMARY ON FRONT STEPS MILLSTONE RD/IN FROM 33 NO YES   MUSKET RIDGE/MAIL COACH- YES YES CLP18296 NEW CANAAN RD/BAYBERRY- YES YES WIRES ON ROAD NEWTOWN TPKE (#386)       NOD HILL ROAD / SERENDIPITY YES YES TREE ON WIRES NOD HILL #120- YES   LIMB IN ROAD OAKLEDGE LA- YES     OLMSTEAD/HEMMELSKAMP NO YES TREE IN ROAD PINERIDGE ROAD (#61) YES YES WIRES ON ROAD PIN OAK LANE / INDIAN HILL ROAD YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED PIPERS HILL ROAD (#82) YES NO LIMB ON WIRES RIVERGATE ROAD (#150) YES YES TREE IN ROAD ROBIN LANE (#5) YES YES LOW HANGING WIRES ROSSIMUR COURT (#26) YES YES RESTING ON PRIMARY SEIR HILL #33-  YES NO LOW TREES ON WIRE SEELEY ROAD (150-155) YES NO WIRES ONLY SCRIBNER HILL/BLUE RIDGE NO YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED SIGNAL HILL RD #43- YES YES BLOCKED SKUNK LANE (#118) YES NO TREE ON WIRES SPRINGBROOK LA (#34) YES YES   ST.JOHNS PLACE YES YES COMPLETELY BLOCKED TALL OAKS YES NO TREE ON WIRES TANNERS LA- YES   CLP18901 THUNDER LAKE- YES YES MANY TREES DOWN TOPFIELD (#34) YES NO COMPLETELY BLOCKED TURTLEBACK (#22) YES NO WIRES NEAR RESIDENCE TWIN OAK LANE (#105) YES NO   WEST CHURCH- NO YES   WEST MEADOW #133 YES   PRIMARY IN ROAD WEST MEADOW/EAST MEADOW YES YES POLE BROKEN WILTON ACRES YES NO TREE ON WIRES WILRIDGE/DUMPLIN HILL RD- YES YES   WOLFPIT ROAD (#122) YES YES TREE ON WIRES

 

Update 11:47 am Monday

will again be extending its morning hours on Tuesday, November 1, opening at 7 am and staying open until 8 pm.


Update 10:15 am Monday

Robo calls from Wilton's First Selectman Bill Brennan were placed to town residents with the following information on Monday morning:

  • Due to widespread outages, schools are closed on Tuesday Nov. 1
  • There are currently two Wilton schools still without power (not specified)
  • The major priority for CL&P and public works crews is opening up closed roads and clearing streets for public emergency services vehicles
  • Some restoration will begin Monday but major restoration will begin Tuesday as additional line crews become available.
  • Power restoration will take several days and in some places will not be completed until the end of the week
  • The town has postponed Halloween trick or treating until Saturday Nov. 5
  • Warming & emergency center open at Miller Driscoll,
  • The Wilton Family Y is open to the public from 5:30 am to 10:30 pm for showers, WiFi and warmth
  • There are still live wires and power lines down, residents are reminded not to go near them, and to call police at 9-1-1 with information on any downed lines
  • Town notices will be posted at the Wilton Library, Village Market, Stop & Shop, Marly’s Restaurant, and CVS, and the town will also continue to spread updates via its automated Code Red alert system.

Update 7:30 p.m.

This message from the Wilton Police Department website regarding the shelter at :

"Wilton will be opening its shelter at Miller-Discoll School. The shelter will be open for 2 - 3 days at a minimum. Pets are allowed at the shelter but will be housed in a different area. If you can not get to the shelter contact the police department at 203.834.6260 for arrangements to be made for you to be picked up."

Here's a road closure list from the Wilton police website that was updated at 7 p.m. Sunday:

ADDRESS WIRES INVOLVED ROAD CLOSED STATUS BALD HILL YES NO TREES ON WIRES BLACK ALDER/CANNON- NO PARTIAL   BELDEN HILL LANE YES NO   BYRANTS BROOK RD YES YES TREES BLOCKING ROAD-WIRES CANNON RD/EAST OF SEELEY RD YES YES  TREE/WIRES CARRIAGE RD #32- YES YES TREE ACROSS RD/WIRES CATALPA RD #209  NO YES TREES CHICKEN ST.   NO PARTIAL TREES CLOVER DR YES NO TREE ON WIRES COLEY RD YES PARTIAL TRANSFORMER/WIRES, CLP17090 DANBURY RD/OLD MILL YES PARTIAL MULTIPLE TREES DEER RUN #175 NO YES TREE IN ROAD DUDLEY/HEATHER- YES PARTIAL   EDGEWATER- NO PARTIAL   FORGE RD #2- YES PARTIAL TREE ON WIRES GRANITE #43- YES PARTIAL   GREY ROCKS/ MILLSTONE YES YES WIRES AND TREES GRUMMAN HILL/WHIPPLE YES PARTIAL LOW WIRE (WEST LANE) HEMMELSCAMP/IN FROM OLMSTREAD   NO TREE ON WIRES HURLBUTT/DUCK POND NO PARTIAL   HURLBUTT/CANNON YES PARTIAL   INDIAN HILL/NOD HILL & PIN OAK NO PARTIAL TREE MOUNTAIN RD/IRMGARD-  YES PARTIAL TREE ON WIRES MILLSTONE RD/IN FROM 33 NO YES   MUSKET RIDGE/MAIL COACH- YES YES CLP18296 NEW CANAAN RD/BAYBERRY- YES YES WIRES ON ROAD NEWTOWN TPK BY 386 NO YES TREE BLOCKING ROAD NOD HILL #120- YES PARTIAL LIMB IN ROAD OAKLEDGE LA- YES PARTIAL   OLD MILL YES PARTIAL TREE ON WIRES OLMSTEAD/HEMMELSKAMP NO YES TREE IN ROAD PELHAM LANE YES PARTIAL LOW HANGING WIRES RIVERGATE BY 150 YES YES POLE DOWN SEIR HILL #33-  YES NO WIRES ONLY SCRIBNER HILL/BLUE RIDGE NO YES TREE IN ROAD SKUNK LANE YES YES TREE RESTING ON WIRES SIGNAL HILL RD #43- NO YES   SPECTACLE/LONGMEADOW- NO YES   SPECTACLE 195 YES PARTIAL TREE RESTING ON WIRES-CLP23727 SPRINGBROOK LA- YES YES   ST. JOHNS ROAD BY 122 YES PARTIAL WIRE ON ROAD TANNERS LA- YES PARTIAL CLP18901 THUNDER LAKE- YES YES MANY TREES DOWN TOPFIELD/MIDDLEBROOK YES PARTIAL TREE AND WIRES TWIN OAK LANE BY 105 YES PARTIAL TREE AND WIRES WEST CHURCH- NO YES   WEST MEADOW #133 YES PARTIAL PRIMARY IN ROAD WEST MEADOW/EAST MEADOW   PARTIAL POLE WILRIDGE/DUMPLIN HILL RD- YES YES  

Update 3:45 p.m.

Planet Fitness is offering use of its shower and locker room facilities to residents who need them in the wake of the historic snowstorm. A complete list of the company's gyms in Connecticut can be found here.

Locations in Fairfield County include:

  • Shelton (two locations, and )
  • Stamford ( and )

Update 3:30 p.m.

will hold the following extended hours:

  • Sunday, Oct. 30 open to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 31 open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Update 2:45 p.m.

Below is a list of road closures in Wilton from the Wilton Police Department website.

The WPD site includes this message:

"The Town emergency services, in conjunction with Department of Public Works are working to clear the roads to make them safe and passable. Power restoration may take a significant amount of time and may take two or three days at a minimum.  This has been a devastating storm for the Town of Wilton as well as the entire state with as many 800,000 homes without  power.  At this time some 70 percent of Wilton customers are without power.   To report outages call CL&P at 800-286-2000.  To obtain the status of outages in Wilton you can check the outage map on the www.cl-p.com website or text OUTAGE 06897 to 24612.  Standard text messaging rates apply. Wilton has opened its emergency operations center and is making all efforts to coordinate power line clearing and make safe conditions with CL&P to assure that public safety services can respond to emergencies."

ADDRESS WIRES INVOLVED ROAD CLOSED STATUS BLACK ALDER/CANNON- NO PARTIAL   BELDEN HILL LANE YES NO   CANNON RD/EAST OF SEELEY RD YES YES  TREE/WIRES CARRIAGE RD #32- YES YES TREE ACROSS RD/WIRES CATALPA RD #209  NO YES TREES CHICKEN ST.   NO PARTIAL TREES COLEY RD YES PARTIAL TRANSFORMER/WIRES, CLP17090 DANBURY RD/OLD MILL YES PARTIAL MULTIPLE TREES DEER RUN #175 NO YES TREE IN ROAD DUDLEY/HEATHER- YES PARTIAL   EDGEWATER- NO PARTIAL   FORGE RD #2- YES PARTIAL TREE ON WIRES GRANITE #43- YES PARTIAL   GRUMMAN HILL/WHIPPLE YES PARTIAL LOW WIRE (WEST LANE) HEMMELSCAM
SLP November 04, 2011 at 08:39 AM
So if CL&P doesn't make their 99% by Sunday promise..will Butler resign with no parachute?
JJ November 04, 2011 at 01:46 PM
Anyone notice that the current outage map's legend does not match the % out in each town when you scroll over the town? Seems like a simple thing for them to get right, especially given that many without power are checking that map (or hearing updates from friends/news reports), hoping for a surge in improvement in their towns. For example, the outage details say Wilton is 19% without power, but the color is light pink, which is 31-40% on their legend. http://outage.cl-p.com/outage/outagemap.aspx
Joe Buhler November 04, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Prevention indeed but that doesn't do it either. In our area we were asked for permission to cut trees earliert this year and crews spent a long time clearing out some branches. Despite that we were hit and have been the only street still without power with the entire surrounding area having had power since last Sunday! We are scheduled to get it back midnight coming Sunday. A week's difference! Finally, yesterday at noon the tree crew cleared everything and the utility pole has a ribbon around it "men working online" but no CLP crew has shown up yet to finish the job by allowing power down the line feeding our street. Some coordination!
Joe Buhler November 04, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Fat chance for that to happen!
Joe Buhler November 04, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Well, your comments are interesting but if I wanted to live in survival mode I wouldn't have moved to this area but somewhere to a cabin in the Adirondacks. Having everyone to stock outdoor gear and thermal underwear and then hibernate during the all too regular outages is probably what CLP hopes for but it's not a solution and only gives those people and the politicians a pass.
SLP November 04, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Hear hear Joe. But really welcome to Corporate Run America where doing the minimum is what matters more over doing whats right..
Joe Buhler November 04, 2011 at 04:39 PM
I wasn't aware of that. It seems to me another thing wrong with the whole system. Why not have the power lines lower and at least a bit better protected unless the whole package comes down. In our particular case during this storm we would likely not have lost power as one branch was leaning on the top wires and prevented the feed to be activated for the street like the rest of the neighborhood.
Florence Johnson November 04, 2011 at 09:34 PM
At 2pm today, the selectman's office didn't know North Wilton was still out of power -- or that this morning there were still unflagged downed power lines and trees suspended on the wires blowing in the wind on Carriage Road. It's hard to understand why someone from town would not have taken a better inventory of power outages and road hazards. 6 days later, perhaps they could have put up safety cones/tapes? Also, town hall says Wilton officials don't advocate for residents of North Wilton with CL&P because we are on the Ridgefield grid. That's why Ridgefield's selectman calls me instead of Wilton's every night at 9:30 (robocall). Is it possible that Wilton's calculation of power restored to residents omits Wilton residents on the Ridgefield grid -- since Wilton officials were blissfully unaware we still didn't have power? Also, why are our elected officials not representing us to schedule clearing roads and restoring public utilities -- why is Ridgefield controlling the CL&P response in our part of the Wilton community? Is there no accountability in the selectman's office for the welfare of people in this part of town? Wilton's shelter is closed, the library closes at normal hours today. We are sitting in the dark with poor government representation. Florence
Wilton 69 November 04, 2011 at 10:54 PM
People don't understand how both the town DPW workers and CL&P are working so hard to get the roads cleared and lines free. I keep seeing all of these negative comments but the residents need to understand how much damage was done and it cannot be fixed overnight. They are working as much as they can and as long as they can but they cannot risk their safety either. Keep in mind this devastating storm was such bad timing. I have respect for both DPW and CL&P for how they care about Wilton residents and will work as long as they have to. Residents need to look beyond what appears to be obvious because there is so much they don't know or see and the work involved. Kudos to all the guys working so hard! Residents should be proud. Walk in their shoes for one day.
Pat November 05, 2011 at 01:00 AM
Florence, I feel your pain! However, the selectman's office DID know that N. Wilton still didn't have power because I spoke with Bill Brennan's office at 11:30 am on Friday. I told Mr. Brennan's secretary that Spectacle Lane/Millstone Road still did not have power. I was shocked that the town selectman didn't know this - don't they have a map with the roads that don't have power highlighted - then when they are restored highlighted in another color? It would be clear what streets are still without power. This not rocket science, just basic organization skills. There is no excuse, especially since we just went through this at the end of August with Irene. My street is on the Wilton grid, not Ridgefield's and they still didn't know what was going on. Most disturbingly, the "Code Red" alert system said that "a crew" was working on Millstone Road on Thursday. Well, the "crew" consisted of one guy working a wood chipper. He was chipping the branches that had fallen on the ground. It was not a bucket truck and had NOTHING to do with power restoration. The chipper was there for a few hours and vanished, without any power being restored. I felt that CLP was giving out false information and the town was falling for it completely. I didn't understand with only 19% of the town down, why the Selectman's office didn't know EXACTLY which streets still didn't have power.
Jan November 05, 2011 at 01:03 AM
don't mean to be RUDE I HAVE A GENERATOR i don't live in the mountains
Del Dridle November 05, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Wait....hasn't Bill Brennan posted his "How I Did Such a Great Job Responding to CL&P" letter... Man, I mss those letters (circa. Irene). They are filled with such praise and self-adoration that it nearly makes you, the reader, want to cry... With such literary musings as "my team at Wilton Town" have been "working hard" to clear roads and make it safe for your kids to go to school... Ah, wait a minute... no school again for five days... Another excellent job by Brennan, "his" staff and CL&P... Meanwhile, it makes you kind of think - aren't we the biggest suckers in the world to put up with such total incompetence... Ha, the wealthiest county the in the country.... They are laughing all the way to the bank with your tax dollars... Remember, your 2012 taxes will be rising upwards to over 7% to cover "shortfalls", new infrastructure..... LOL..... Happy trails Wilton....
EMR November 05, 2011 at 02:51 PM
why does Bill's robo-calls come from a "toll free" number? We don't answer toll free calls because they are all spam or marketeers. Please put Wilton Town Hall on the call number.
Elyse November 05, 2011 at 11:00 PM
We got our power back today, virtually one week from when it went out. Our road had to have several phone poles replaced due to the damaged caused by the massive oak tree that fell across the lines, fracturing the base of all those poles. Today they put in the last pole around 7:30 a.m. I spoke to the people doing it. Just that one crew has put in 80 poles this week. Once the pole was in, they said they'd call the utilities, who would be out in about two hours to re-hook the power. And they were. It took 4-5 hours for them to do our one road because of the large amount of poles involved. I'd like to give a thanks to all those crews - from here, North CArolina, West Virginia and who knows where else - who worked hard to get our electricity back. They said that this storm was worse than Irene due to the amount of fallen branches and the involved wires. One week with power was a hardship. No doubt about it, but the showers at the Y, the free water, food, made it more bearable.
Joe Buhler November 06, 2011 at 12:32 AM
Had power restored after 4:00pm today as the only street without power for just about one week, while the rest of the area had it restored last Sunday, a difference of six days which I still do not understand. While I appreciate the great effort made by the line crews, that appreciation does not extend to the inept CL&P management which puts their bottom line performance ahead of their own workforce on the ground and way ahead of their customers who come in last. To have to rely on support from as far away as Georgia and Canada should not be the accepted reality. As for the town, I have my doubts how much clout they have with CL&P to get high on the priority list when it comes to these outages but more could be done it seems. I hope that when everyone has their toilets flush again and their heat back on the pressure on the utility monopoly, the local politicians and those who should provide oversight does not end or the situation will never improve. Longer term plans for putting wires underground should not be discarded as pipe dreams. That is the reality in most other developed countries where power outages are extremely rare. Not only would this provide jobs but be a great investment in the essential infrastructure.
wilton42 November 06, 2011 at 02:46 AM
A story in the New York Times a few days ago discussed the issue of moving lines underground. In the past 10 years nine states of have started a project to bury their power line, and all nine of them abandoned the project after the first few months because the cost was absolutely astronomical.
Joe Buhler November 06, 2011 at 03:59 AM
It certainly won't come cheap and might well be too late as the effort should have started decades ago as it was elsewhere. Personally I have lived in six countries prior to moving to this area and never had a day without power before.
George Young November 06, 2011 at 01:44 PM
The NY Times article stating the difficulties and expense of moving power lines underground referred to by Wilton42 relied on information from the Edison Institute whose members are electric power companies. The association represents the interests of its members not utility customers. Objective information not superficial reporting from the NY Times is needed. Depending on electric power companies for studies and viewpoints ignores the interests of consumers. Perhaps an independent government agency such as the CT Department of Consumer Protection or some other organization not staffed by former power company employees would present a different view of burying power lines underground. No one has all if any of the answers. But we are long overdue in at least studying the possibilities and developing a plan for burying lines underground. The best place to start is to have our local, state and national representatives initiate some activities.
Another Wilton Mom November 06, 2011 at 02:35 PM
I have to wonder why some of the lines in town on major roads/electrical paths are not underground. Whilst the expense of putting all the lines underground may be prohibitive, perhaps the investment should be made for lines that, if they went down, would mean outages of 500 households/businesses or more (or whatever the right number is). It's not an 'all or nothing' proposal. Are the lines on Route 7 underground? If not, why was that not done when the widening project occurred? A partnership with CL&P (and cable and phone companies) could have made the cost an acceptable one for all.
Wilton Resident November 06, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Brennan failed! Should have learned lessons from Irene - instead he continued to use the words, "This storm is much worse than Irene"....duh. He is a horrible leader - we need new blood leading this town. I will NOT be voting for him on Tues - I know he is running unopposed, but I will NOT be supporting him. The EOC hid behind closed doors and should have been in constant communication with the public and been completely transparent. Take a lesson from New Canaan...here is their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/NewCanaanOEM Bill Brennan will not receive our support - he did not earn it.
Wilton 69 November 06, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Once again the Bill bashing is so misdirected. Everyone worked their butts off to clear the town and get everyone online. They did this with limited staffing because of budget cuts. They did a great job including Bill with maintaining constant contact with clp and driving around town checking on the situation and not sitting at his desk. It is not fair to make these accusations of him failing when in fact he did better than most other towns like Ridgefield and Redding. Don't pass judgment unless you know the whole story. again you were not behind the scenes to see how determined he was to get this town repaired. Unfortunately, the more budget cuts that happen, the longer response time the town will have. There are only so many bodies available the town and clp. Be realistic these storms seem to be getting more severe and instead of being angry and lashing out at individuals, ask how you can help. The guys on the roads are working 7 days a week while some themselves have no power. That is dedication.
Wilton Resident November 06, 2011 at 04:55 PM
@Wilton 69: You are right, we don't know the whole story, because they wouldn't let us speak to anyone at the EOC, no phone number to speak with a live person (or even go meet with them in person). If they had been more transparent to Wilton residents & communicated constantly rather than hiding behind closed doors and providing the once a day robo-call stating this storm was worse than Irene - it would have been much better. Probably wouldn't have gotten power on faster, but communication is the key to ALL problems. So if Bill really had control of the situation, why did he tell us our neighborhood was on the Redding grid???? We are south of 4Seasons Tennis, off Rte 7. How long has he lived in this town???? He clearly is out of touch. I have no problem with the guys on the road - I know they are doing a great job. The problem I have is with our elected official, the leader of our town, Bill Brennan. He makes the decisions for our town and I believe he is out of touch.
Wilton 69 November 06, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Our EOC is small just like Wilton. Could you imagine if they had to answer and speak to everyone that called what kind of hold up in the task at hand there would be. Be realistic having the members repeat the same thing to thousands of residents is not really the best strategy in emergency situations. The CLP website had updates or you could have called them as well but it is very difficult to estimate because of the amount of trees and poles involved. I think you have this deep anger for town government that these few storms have given you the platform to voice your dissatisfaction when in fact the town has been sending updates as they received them and did not want to send inaccurate estimations. Again you have no idea the manpower an extra effort everyone involved gave to ensure Wilton's safety and power restoration happened. You should be happy that the employees and town EOC acted as swiftly and efficiently as they did.
Wilton Resident November 06, 2011 at 06:07 PM
......as you say, "Having members repeat the same thing to thousands of residents..." Yes, I CAN imagine how that would work - because New Canaan did it. If you are a town leader or head of a dept, it is your job-even if it is annoying. sorry NC has approx 2K more residents. They were responsive to every person, via facebook, telephone or in person at the EOC HQ. They sent out crews to do welfare checks on elderly/ill (creatively obtained lists from Meals on Wheels, Social Services, Stay at Home, etc.). Wilton needs people to think outside the box. I have lived here for over 20 yrs and am well aware of the manpower that we have in Wilton-no need to educate me. I am also well aware of the Brennan years and have not liked them one bit. He should have learned some lessons from Irene and been more proactive with communications. It is not that we wanted to go out driving around WIlton and wanted a list of impacted streets, rather we wanted to be sure they KNEW we were trapped. Our impassable streets did not even make the list for the first 4 days. If we needed 911 (fire or ambulance, they would not have been able to get to us). If Bill and his EOC had been out 'driving around' wouldn't they have known our streets were impassable? I suggest Wilton residents demand a postmortem of this storm, have a town meeting where we can put everyone's ideas together to make it better next time. Learn from other towns who were more successful than we were.
Wilton 69 November 06, 2011 at 06:25 PM
You can continue the Brennan bashing but do not take away from the fact the guys in the trenches working hard for the residents in dangerous conditions. they are the ones that deserve the applauds. Yet you keep taking away from those guys with your vendetta against town government. If you want change in that, y9u need to work towards that if you think you can do a better job or have a better plan by all means bring it but do not make it sound as though the workers were slackers.
Wilton Resident November 06, 2011 at 06:52 PM
please don't misunderstand.....I have the utmost respect for the guys out working on the roads. I thought I was very clear, I am sorry if I was not. They did a fabulous job! However, it is the management from the top that I have the issues with. Kudos to every worker out in the field, they did a great job with what they were given, and every crew I waved to waved back with a friendly smile. Nice!
Del Dridle November 06, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Bill was out drinking coffee at the Village Market this morning with a map in his hands to show the good people of Wilton what a great job everyone is doing.....Ha, Check out the trees in the road at 33 and Old Ridgefield Road.... One old lady nearly crashed into the debris left at the side of the road... Meanwhile the town's work crew were tearing up River Road again on Friday...Either you don't get it or your a big "Bill" fan....
Del Dridle November 06, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Bill was out drinking coffee at the Village Market this morning with a map in his hands to show the good people of Wilton what a great job everyone is doing.....Ha, Check out the trees in the road at 33 and Old Ridgefield Road.... One old lady nearly crashed into the debris left at the side of the road... Meanwhile the town's work crew were tearing up River Road again on Friday...Either you don't get it or your a big "Bill" fan....
JRM815 November 07, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Wilton 69, please note the difference between working hard and working effectively. I don't question our public officials desire to work hard for the community. I do however wonder whether they made good use of cheaply available technology for managing the situation and for communicating to their constituents. A Google map with pin markers identifying problem spots is not hard to place on the town's website. A Facebook, Google+, or Twitter account keeping people informed and facilitating communication is not too much to ask in this day and age. The robo-calling is a step up from 10 years ago, but its not enough.
Eustace Tilley November 07, 2011 at 03:50 PM
The Town has an excellent IT guy. Why not harness his skill to develop an effective communications program. Once set up, someone in the Emergency response section can use it. No one expects Government to fix the power lines but at least they should be able o communicate updated info on this outage or some other 'event.'

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