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New Canaan Gets Assurances From CL&P On Power Returning

The following is a message from Mike Handler, New Canaan emergency management director.

NEW CANAAN, Conn. - We just received assurances from Connecticut Light and Power Senior Vice President Bill Quinlan that substantially all of New Canaan will have power restored by 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at the latest. 

Let me define “substantially” so there is no confusion.  All circuits that service New Canaan will be energized, thus restoring power to most homes.  If your home has extensive damage from the street utility pole to your residence, there exists the possibility that your restoration will take longer.  Yes, there is still a tremendous amount of infrastructure work, such as replacing utility poles and transformers, that needs to get done.  We were assured this afternoon by Mr. Quinlan that he would get the necessary crews here to see that this work gets completed.  This includes those areas like Huckleberry Hill, Silvermine, Carter and Cheese Spring where the work involves cooperation with neighboring towns.  The EOC will continue to remain fully staffed until power restoration is complete and the Town is restored to its normal function.  The New Canaan YMCA continues to serve as an overnight shelter and the New Canaan Library, Waveny House and Lapham Community Center are available as warming and charging centers.  Please continue to drive carefully as we have numerous crews working in roadways and remember to treat all downed wires as live and dangerous. 

As a reminder, we anticipate resuming public school classes on Wednesday. Tuesday’s election polling will take place as regularly scheduled at regular sites.  If you have any questions, please call the emergency operations center at (203) 594-4100.  Thank you.

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