Following a routine call to Mitch Gross, CL&P Spokesman, Patch learned that customers in southeastern Connecticut without power can expect to be that way for 24 hours or more.
“You are the first one -- I’m telling; this just came out. Some sections of Southeastern Connecticut may not have power for 24 hours or longer. The amount of work that needs to be done and the (issue of) access to get to that work, is the problem. Roads must be opened so we can get in and assess damage," Gross said.
Montville, Stonington, Ledyard, Old Lyme, Lyme, Groton, Waterford, and New London are included in the towns subject to extended outage periods.
Montville Emergency Management Director Raymond Occhialini explained that while crews are working, the roads must be cleared first, for example, he said Powerhosue Road has been cleared and now utility crews can get in, assess damage and begin the restoration process. Other roads in Montville where crews are attempting to gain access to begin the assessment and retoration process include Raymond Hill Road, Pink Row and Massapeag Side Road.
Since temperatures are expected to dip to 20 overnight, Occhialini is advising people concerned about lack of heat to go to the Regional Shelter at East Lyme Middle School on Society Road. He said that while roads are still not good, most are passable and if one does attempt to make it to the shelter, to drive carefully.