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Wilton Residents Are Anxious To Get Power Back After Sandy

Tim Bonney-James of Wilton hasn't enjoyed the last four days at home without power. He spent some time at the Wilton Library on Friday. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason
Stephen Jones of Pimpewaug Road in Wilton is taking the loss of power from Hurricane Sandy as best he can. He's pictured here at the Wheels Convenience gas station to get gas for his home's generator. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason
The Brubeck Room at Wilton Library has been a popular destination for residents without power who need to stay connected. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason
Michelle Sludock of Wilton's Georgetown section, has spent some of her days without power getting water to residents in need. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

WILTON, Conn. – For Tim Bonney-James of Wilton, it has been a lost week since Hurricane Sandy struck.

Though his Fresh Water Lane home was not damaged in the storm, he said it has been tough for him and his family to be productive after four days without power. 

“It’s getting a bit old,” Bonney-James, 38, said on his way to the Wilton Library on Friday.

Plenty of Wilton residents are anxious to get the power back on and get some normalcy back in their daily routines. “The worst is the lack of heat and water,” Bonney-James said. But he couldn’t complain because others have had it worse since the storm arrived, he said. He and his family planned to go to a friend’s home and enjoy some takeout food for dinner on Friday. 

The Wilton Library has become a busy community hub since the storm, Director Elaine Tai-Lauria said. The library expanded its Wi-Fi accessibility and offered warm drinks and snacks for visitors. People enjoy “just getting out of the house, being comfortable and warm for a few hours and seeing neighbors,” she said. “We’re functioning as a traditional library, but we’re also functioning as a gathering place for the community.”

Michelle Sludock, who lives in Wilton’s Georgetown section, says it’s been tough but she has had a generator working for several hours a day at her home. Sludock has assisted other Wilton residents by delivering fresh water and water to flush their toilets. As frustrated as it is, she says she’ll get through.

Stephen Jones, 40, of Pimpewaug Road, said he’s just been trying to maintain, hosting relatives while keeping the kids happy. He filled up a gas can at the Wheels Convenience Station on Route 7. “We’re making it by as best as we can,” he said.

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