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UPDATE: After 5 Days, Residents of Mountview Apartments Have Power

Many of the residents are elderly, infirm, handicapped, and single, working-poor families with children who had their road blocked for days and have been without power and water since Monday

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. 

Original story:

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."

Natasha Lee November 02, 2012 at 11:29 AM
How can i help? I can bring water food baby food.
Ellen Hillman November 02, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Thank you to everyone who brought there people food and water yesterday. They were all truly thankful. They feel trapped and alone. You made them feel better and more comfortable.
Ellyn Santiago (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Ellen, you shared a comment yesterday about a gentleman who helped these folks out. Can you share that again?
Ellen Hillman November 02, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I would be glad to share it. "Ed Saves the Day" Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! Mr. Shaffer brought water for drinking and water for flushing toilets and meals ready to eat to the apartment complex behind the Uncasville Post office. The complex occupants came out a few minutes ago came out to a table of water and meals, along with a tank of water to use for flushing toilets. The storm took down several trees leaving the residents trapped behind the trees. The day after the storm I tried to bring my daughter water for her and her husband and 2 small children but the electrical lines and trees were too dense for me to pass and although people had crossed the area over to St. Bernard’s parking area, the grassy area had become heavy with mud and I knew I would not be able to pass. When the trees were cleaned up I did bring her supplies. But they were all but gone by today. I promised to restock her tonight, but she just called me minutes ago to tell me Mr. Shaffer had saved the day and she sounded like she did on Christmas morning. She was thrilled to have the mess gone out of the toilet and to be able to eat a hot meal. This man could have easily ignored this group of people and he went above and beyond. Yes he is truly one of the best thank you again Ed.
Ellen Hillman November 02, 2012 at 02:15 PM
and yes Ed is there today again with a generator to charge cell phones with. Today the cold is beginning to get to them. My daughter said her apartment is about 52 degrees inside. I offered her to come here but she is determined to stay. my grandkids are in winter coats trying to stay warm. Ed made his day by giving him a fire hat. My grandson called me to tell me he was a fireman now. LOL Thank you again Ed. ANYONE WISHING TO HELP I WILL BE THERE ON SATURDAY AT 11 AM WITH SOUP AND SANDWICHES. I could use baked goods and drinks if anyone would like to help. The residents could use batteries for their flashlights and radios, paper products such as paper plates, napkins, paper towel, plastic silverware, (as there is no water to do dishes with) bread, boxed milk, cereal, canned goods, snack foods, sterno and propane tanks for small camp stoves, and diapers( there are no babies there only 1 year olds and up) . Most of these people are on food stamps and they will not get them yet. So they really have nothing. Thank you in advance to everyone who helps.
Natasha Lee November 02, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I will be bringing hand and feet warmers over this afternoon.
Natasha Lee November 02, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I have a call into the American Red Cross, also to Montville Food Bank- Kathy Peck. Found out that in order to get donations from Stop and Shop, Walmart or any other big box store... you have to be an organzation.
Ellyn Santiago (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I was there this morning and I passed a resident walking her dog. She didn't know about the story and had no idea people were talking about/thinking about her and here neighbors. She was really moved when I told her I expected folks in Montville would rally. And of course, you have.
Natasha Lee November 02, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I called around. Social Services has water and instant meals. They close at 4. I will go over today and bring what I can back. Everyone is aware of the situation now!
Ellen Hillman November 02, 2012 at 07:07 PM
The problem most of the people here are elderly or poor and do not have cars to in get the stuff they need to survive.
Toni Johnson November 02, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Has anyone reached out to Kathy Peck in social services or the church food banks? We need to make sure people in our community are taken care of all year round, not just when there is a crisis. Who is the landlord for the apartment? He should be checking the complex and has a responsibility to take care of his property. Thank heavens for people with hearts.
Donna Shafer November 03, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Thanks Ellen for your kind words about my husband Ed. He hasn't even seen your article yet. He has been gone all week except to come home for a few hours sleep at night and he was off again. He just walked through the door a little while ago, tired and still sick. It's nice to know that his efforts are appreciated. He is very commited to his job and the safety and well being of others. He will be there again tomorrow. Thanks again, Donna Shafer
Ellen Hillman November 03, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Toni from what I understand the landlord does not even do the main repairs that are needed as when I went there today I fell and broke my glasses now have black and blue hand and wrist and eye. There are holes everywhere a pool that is empty and the wells have been contaminater for months. but the rent is cheap so the people stay as they can not afford much more. I know the red cross and social services know about these people the problem is everything they own is there in their apartments and they refuse to leave it. most have health issues and feel it would be to complicated to have to share the issues with someone if they went to a shelter. Some are on oxygen, some have mental health issues, and some are just over worked and underpaid (the working poor). The ones that wanted to leave did and are in shelters. The rest do not want to leave for fear of losing their things. If you were old sickly and poor I don't think you would want to leave what ever it was you had left in life. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to these people. I know they are not the only ones. Most of Chesterfield daisy Hill Homes Road Turner Road and East Lake Road are without power also.
deb bakoledis November 03, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Shouldn't the landlord be fined or reprimanded or something? Is the mayor aware of this? Also has cl&p been in this area yet?
Ellen Hillman November 03, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Deb I am not aware of any law he is breaking right now only that he lives on the edge of what is right and wrong. I do not think the Mayor can change this either. CL&P has not been in this area yet. They have restored power on Route 32 and to ST. Bernards but lets face it these are not the people who are the big rate payers. Like it or not CL&P is still a business and will go with the money.
deb bakoledis November 03, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I messaged cl&p pleading for them to help power these people. I was told they would escalate efforts in their area. I'm praying they have power by morning. It worries me with the cold weather tonight and this weekend. Thank you for helping them. If I can get there tomorrow I will. Hopefully they will be warm soon!
deb bakoledis November 03, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Is this off briarwood Dr?
Ellyn Santiago (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I called the landlord, who is, based on the phone number, based in New York, Brooklyn or Queens, most likely. I did not hear back, which may be due to Sandy. Or not.

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