Friday Update

With roughly 50 percent of Fairfield still in the dark, I’m writing to update you with information provided by United Illuminating during a conference call with state and local officials today. The utility company reported that it has 1,200 people on the ground in its 17-town territory. Unfortunately, they’ve decided against brining to Connecticut the additional 600 workers they said they requested earlier in the week. It was news I wasn’t happy to hear, and I told company representatives that my constituents would feel similarly.

Overall, they hope to have up to 45,000 customers throughout their territory restored by the end of today.

Like you, though, I’m frustrated that many areas of Fairfield remain without power—including my own neighborhood. Still, please understand that the men and women on the ground are working 16-hour shifts to restore power and that they have no say in restoration strategy. Poor treatment of utility workers in nearby Bridgeport was deplorable.

UI this afternoon provided a list of streets where their crews are performing work, though they provided no indication about the impact of that work on those roads or those nearby.

Here is a list of the streets where UI says
they’ve worked today:
FAIRFIELD: Mulberry Hill Road, Black Rock Tpke., Castle Ave, College Pl., Park Ave. Queens Grant Rd., University Dr., Reef Rd., Longview Ave., Candlewood Rd., Oakwood Dr., Carroll Rd., Lakeview Dr., Rhode Island Ave., Oldfield Rd., Birch Rd., Hillside Rd., Tuckahoe Ln., S. Benson Rd., Penfield Rd., Beach Rd. SOUTHPORT: Butternut Ln., Cedar Rd.

UI said today that roughly 1,700 outages in Southport will be fully restored by first thing tomorrow morning.

I participated today in an information session for beach residents attended by our first selectman, local fire and police department representatives and state Sen. John McKinney. The Forward Assessment Team of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is now performing initial damage assessments; residents with damage to their home, vehicle or property are asked to register at DisasterAssistance.gov or 1-800-621-3362, giving your SSN, current and damaged address, phone and insurance Info.

USEFUL INFORMATION:
– The shelter at Ludlowe High School will remain open for sleeping only. Please bring your own pillows and blankets so you can get out of the cold.

– Libraries will remain open today until 7 p.m. The weekend schedule is as follows: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Use the WiFi, warm up!

– Public Works Transfer Station and Green Cycle are reopening today and throughout the weekend from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Board of Education and Public Schools are closed until further notice.

– The state has granted a property tax extension for all residents through November 15th. The election will be held this Tuesday, and we are planning to have your normal polling locations open.

– For information on food, ice, water and charging stations, please read below or contact our Call Center at 203-254-4899.

As always, feel free to contact me at Brenda.kupchick@cga.ct.gov with your questions or concerns.

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