Update Nov. 3 at 9:30 a.m.
Mayor Ron McDaniel, who went to deliver food to residents at Mountview this morning, called to let us know that CL&P has run a new line and power has been restored to the complex which is home to hundreds of residents, most of whom are elderly, infirm, handicapped, and single, working-poor families with children.
One resident of the Mountview Apartments, who described herself as handicapped, said she was upset about the conditions at the apartment complex tucked behind the post office on Norwich-New London Turnpike.
“You wouldn’t believe it. The place has a landlord who doesn’t care. We had a tree go down Monday night and that’s a one-way in and one-way out (driveway).”
“We had no power, no water and then we were trapped there with no way out,” said the woman, who Montville Patch met coming out of the Mohegan Fire Company after having taken a shower. She did not want to go on camera or give her name. So Patch went to the apartment complex and there met resident Glynis Morgan who said she’d be “happy to talk” and show Patch around but did not want to be on camera because, she said she had not bathed and felt unkempt and self conscious.
Morgan shared her thoughts on why residents of the 38-unit complex are upset that “we have not seen anyone from CL&P or anyone official; we have heard nothing.”
“You’re the first person to ask about us,” she said referring to a reporter. “Very young children, the elderly, handicapped people, people that rely on oxygen all live here. The people that need the help the most.”
Morgan echoed what the other resident said about the tree that blocked the entrance – and exit – to the apartment complex. And she said that it was “AT&T that came and cut it up because of their telephone wires.” At 2 a.m., she said.
And she said that while she understands many are in a similar, dark boat: “Our concern is the elderly and the young children and the handicapped. We just hope we'll have power soon."