Redding officials say there is no accurate power restoration time available at this time, but they have set up the emergency operations center. Two Eversource representatives are working with Redding officials to identify power line related issues and draft a restoration plan.
First Selectman Julia Pemberton said residents without power should expect that to continue through the weekend. Eversource crews are working with subcontractors on make safe operations so that restoration efforts can begin. The Redding Community Center will reopen today for warming, charging, bathrooms and water. Pemberton noted that the Wilton YMCA is available for anyone without power needs a shower.
A decision to open the emergency shelter at Joel Barlow High School will be made later today based on restoration estimates.
There are still 38 roads blocked or partially blocked in Newtown. Eversource crews are working with the Public Works Department to clear roads through today to provide for emergency access. The Newtown Municipal Center will be open today for use as a warming center and for charging phones or computers. The Senior Center and Booth Library will also be open from 11am to 5pm.
Newtown First Selectman Dan Rosenthal reminded residents to keep generators away from homes to avoid carbon monoxide danger, and to not use outdoor cooking equipment indoors.
Eversource is continuing to work with New Milford officials are making roads safe so they can begin restoring power. Mayor Pete Bass says there were about 5 roads still blocked and 8 roads that had only 1 lane passable as of late yesterday afternoon. He says the Department of Public Works and Eversource are working diligently to clear the affected roads.