Somers takes measures to help numerous residents without power

By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Somers - posted Mon., Aug. 29, 2011
Power is out in Somers at the intersection of Springfield and Main. A four-way stop has been set up until traffic lights are working. Photos by Jennifer Holloway.
Power is out in Somers at the intersection of Springfield and Main. A four-way stop has been set up until traffic lights are working. Photos by Jennifer Holloway.

As of Monday morning, about 65 percent of residents in Somers were without power in the wake of tropical storm Irene, according to First Selectwoman Lisa Pellegrini. After speaking with Connecticut Light and Power, she said it may take five to eight days to restore power to all those affected.

“We are continually working with CL&P,” Pellegrini said, “but it was a record number of power outages for the state.”

Due to the large number of outages, the town of Somers was taking measures on Monday to help those in the community who were without power. A potable water station was being set up at the fire station for residents who needed clean water, open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents were asked to bring their own containers.

Bathroom and shower facilities were available at the Mabelle B. Avery Middle School between the hours of 4 and 9 p.m. Toiletries and towels were not to be provided.

While schools were closed Monday in Somers, Pellegrini intended for them to resume on Tuesday, and buses were running. Town Hall was also closed due to the power outage. The police station, fire station and the Department of Public Works were all open, but the DPW had only one working phone line.

“There are a lack of phone lines,” Pellegrini said. “They’re just down.”

Beyond power outages and limited phone lines, she said there was minimal damage. “Trees are down, wires are down, but the buildings look great,” said Pellegrini. Very few roads were blocked, due to either downed trees or power lines.

One of those roads was Gulf Road, where a tree fell into a power line and was hanging several feet above street level. One resident who lives on the street said power outages on the road are normal, as the street is lined with many trees that frequently interfere with power lines.

A call center was to be set up on Tuesday for residents who need assistance or information in the aftermath of the storm. Call 860-749-7626 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


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