Thursday Evening Update

I’m writing to relay the details of today’s conference call with United Illuminating and to share a few pieces of information I hope you’ll find helpful.

UI officials yesterday promised they’d be able to provide specific estimates this morning about power restoration, but unfortunately they’ve pushed off release of that information until tomorrow. They did, however, say that 95 percent of customers in their entire coverage area would be restored by Monday, and explained they now have more than 1,100 people on the ground in their territory. UI said that while they still have teams working on safety issues, they have started actual power restoration work.

I know you’re frustrated—I am too. I feel that UI should have requested additional out-of-state workers ahead of the storm and had them here on the ground in Connecticut. I said as much today during a public meeting at Greenfield Congregational Church attended by residents, our first selectman and local public safety officials.

I will provide to you specific restoration information as soon as United Illuminating makes it available to me.

BEACH AREA RESIDENTS

Much of the beach area is still impassable due to floodwater. The town is using industrial-strength pumps to get water out of the area. UI is still working to shut off metered access to all flooded homes. Town officials with the help of the National Guard allowed access to homeowners in the beach-area this afternoon. I’m going to ask the town to provide another opportunity for residents to look at their homes over the weekend. You can also contact the Fairfield call center for additional procedural information: 203-254-4899. After power is restored and the area is deemed safe, some homeowners will find that their damaged property must be inspected before they can move back in. Town officials are in the process of outlining how that process will work, and I’ll share those details when they are made available. I’m also going to ask the town for information about what the markings mean on some of the homes in the beach area.
SOUTHPORT

I made UI officials aware that Southport is entirely without power. They said they include Southport in their overall Fairfield percentage total. Again, UI is working to first restore power to the towns top priority locations (nursing homes, vital infrastructure etc.) identified by local officials and will then tackle the largest grids first.

OPERATION HOPE

Operation Hope is back open but the organization needs help restocking its pantry or providing a cooked meal if you have power. Please consider making a contribution to their efforts.

This is a fluid process and I’ll do my best to get information out to you as I receive it.

If you have any specific questions, or problems you think I can help with please contact me at brenda.kupchick@cga.ct.gov.

Don’t reply to this email because it doesn’t go directly to me. Email me at the email address above.
USEFUL INFORMATION FROM TOWN OFFICIALS…

TOWN SERVICES:

– The Town Hall and both Main and Fairfield Woods Libraries are open.
– The Board of Education and Public Works Transfer Station and Green Cycle remain closed until further notice.
– Fairfield Ludlowe High School’s Shelter will be closing. Anyone needing shelter. Please call the emergency call center for Red Cross shelters.
– Fairfield Emergency Call Center 203-254-4899 is staffed 9-5, with a recorded message after-hours.
– Emergency Information Centers at Black Rock Tpk ShopRite & Stratfield IGA

POWER:

Charging Stations for electronic devices are open at Police HQ, Fire HQ, FD Station 2 at 600 Jennings Road, Command Posts at Shoprite on Black Rock Turnpike and IGA on Stratfield Road.

SHOWERS:

The Recreation Center in mill plains and Planet Fitness at 111 Black Rock Turnpike have made their showers available to residents impacted by the storm.

WATER/MRE:

Bottled water/MREs distributed out of Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

FOOD/FUEL/INTERNET ACCESS:

Various commercial establishments along the Post Road and Black Rock Turnpike including all major grocery stores (Shoprite, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods).

OXYGEN:

Power for machines available at Ludlowe HS Shelter; others may be transported to hospitals.

NON-OPERATING TRAFFIC SIGNALS MUST BE TREATED AS FOUR-WAY STOP SIGNS.

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