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(Update) CL&P Estimate Fluctuates Throughout The Day

Town ‘way ahead of others.'

Update, Friday at 6:30 a.m. 

The outage estimates for Canton were right at around 50 percent Friday morning, according to Connecticut Light and Power. The company estimated that 2,498 of it 4,930 customers in town were without power. The 99 percent restoration estimate remained noon on Sunday.  

Update 11:29 p.m. 

While the number of Connecticut Light and Power customers estimated without power in town was down to 56 percent this morning, at 4:45 p.m., the number was 3,263 or 66 percent. At 11:29 p.m. it was closer to 50 percent again with an estimated 55 percent, or 2,750 customers, still without power.

The numbers are estimates and can fluctuate as additional problems are reported or some customers are taken off line so crews can fix a trouble spot or nearby area. 

Many of the town's priority sites, such as Town Hall, the Police Station and others had grid power as of Wednesday night.

Thursday morning the Community Center was also brought on line and crews were on Dyer Avenue at 11 a.m. Crews were also on Torrington Avenue and Cherry Brook Road as well, First Selectman Richard Barlow said.

All three schools have power as well, Barlow said. 

Thursday evening, Cherry Brook Health Center, which was operating on generator power, was brought on line, Barlow said. 

Canton remains far ahead of some surrounding towns in terms of power. 

At noon, for example, 85 percent of Simsbury's CL&P customers were without power and shortly before 5 p.m. 95 percent of Farmington was without power. Many of those towns are highly criticizing CL&P.

"Clearly we're way ahead of other towns," Barlow said. 

He added that one reason was due to the location of a substation in town that feeds many other areas. 

CL&P's 99 percent restoration estimate for Canton as of 5 p.m. is Sunday, Nov. 6 at noon. 

Volunteer fire and EMS crews and police continue to respond to calls when needed. In addition Public Works crews are still working on areas where roads are blocked on one end or partially obstructed, Barlow said

On the Simsbury town line, Woodchuck still has two large trees down that need CL&P attention but residents can get out, Barlow added. Other streets in the area, like Dry Bridge and Daynard, were also heavily affected by the storm. 

As numerous residents remained without power the Community Center remains a staple in many lives. Some continue to stay in the designated shelter areas. The demand has lowered and only about 25 stayed last night, Barlow said.

Others are coming for the day to enjoy volunteer-served meals, charge electronic devices or stay warm. The Canton Public Library continues to offer numerous activities, including movie and Wii times for the kids. Check its facebook page for updates. The library will stay open until 9:30 p.m. again Thursday and will open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday according to an alert from the town.

Businesses like the and are offering some activities for kids. Call first. 

Mills Pond Pool and the Masonic Hall on Route 179 remain sources for water. Bring your own containers. 

The showers at Mills Pond are due to open again today and residents who are able can bring brush to the transfer station free of charge. All town residents can now bring tree debris and spoiled food/perishables free of charge through Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

Life is largely on its way back to normal on Route 44. While some restaurants were running low on some items, most are open. The will even celebrate its five years in business Saturday night. 

Many other businesses are getting back in the swing of things as well. 

In Collinsville, it was a slower process as power was restored just Wednesday. 

planned to open this morning with a limited menu. The is hoping to serve dinner by Friday night and may open its bar tonight. Husk was shooting for Monday at the latest. 

expects to be open by this evening and the resumed its classes at 9 a.m. 

To be updated.


John Fitts (Editor) November 03, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Don’t forget our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CantonCTPatch In addition to some quick updates, many residents have provided information there as well. Thank you everyone.
John Fitts (Editor) November 03, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Day Postponed to Saturday, November 12, 2011 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information and to sign up, please contact Cynthia G. Politano at
860-335-3234 or 860-978-6400
. We hope to have more on this later.

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