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UI: Fairfield Power at 100 Percent [UPDATE]

As of 10:40 p.m., all of Fairfield's power has been restored.

Update, 10:45 p.m.

The UI reported at 10:40 p.m. that 100 percent of Fairfield households have power.

Update, Nov. 2, 9:07 a.m.

The UI reported at 8:55 a.m. that four households remain powerless in Fairfield.

Update, 4:15 p.m.

The UI may not have reached its goal of restoring power to all of Fairfield by last evening, but it seems that tonight could be the night.  

The company reported at 4:10 p.m. that 37 customers remained powerless in Fairfield, or 0.17 percent of the town.

Update, 1:30 p.m.

They're getting there...

The UI reported at 1:25 p.m. that 117 Fairfield households remain without power, or 0.53 percent of the town.

That's 95 more customers with power since shortly after 9 this morning.

Update, Nov. 1, 9:15 a.m.

UI reported at 9:10 a.m. that 212 Fairfield customers remain without power. That's 0.96 percent of households in town. 

As far as Fairfield cleanup is going, Ken Placko, Fairfield's tree warden, said "a couple of dozen whole trees"  came down, and the trees that split during the storm and are in the process of being pruned or completely removed number in the hundreds.

Patch is working on getting in touch with the Department of Public Works to get an update on their end.

Update, 10 p.m.

UI reported at 9:55 p.m. that 296 Fairfield customers -- 1.33 percent of the town -- are without  power.

Update, 6 p.m.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Title said that public schools will open on schedule tomorrow; the announcement is posted on Fairfield Public Schools website homepage.

Title said in email at 4 p.m. that he was waiting on the OK from the Department of Public Works "on getting the last few roads cleared that had downed wires and trees that blocked our transportation system this morning."

Since then, the announcement that schools will indeed be open tomorrow was confirmed on the school system's website.

In other news, UI reported at 5:55 p.m. that 420 Fairfield customers -- 1.89 percent of the town -- are without power.

Update, 3:55 p.m.

While UI crews attempt to restore power to the town, the number of outages continues to fluctuate. The company reported at 3:40 p.m. that 601 households, or 2.71 percent of the town, are still out.

No word on whether the UI will reach its original deadline to restore power to all customers by the end of today. Stay tuned.

Update 10/31, 12:24 p.m.

According to the UI's most current outage table (updated at 12:10 p.m.), 529 Fairfield households are still without power, approximately 2.38 percent of the town.

Update 9:35 p.m.

According to a Tweet from RTM District 1 delegate Michael Herley, the following information was emailed through Fairfield Public Schools: "For Monday, October 31, 2011 all public and parochial schools in the Town of Fairfield will be closed."

The Twitter account for Eagle Hill Southport, an independent school, posted that the school currently plans to be open Monday.

As of 9:25 p.m., UI's latest report says 2,055 Fairfield customers, about 9 percent of the utility's total customer base in town, are without power.

Update 3:30 p.m.

Planet Fitness is offering use of its shower and locker room facilities to residents who need them in the wake of the historic snowstorm. A complete list of the company's gyms in Connecticut can be found here.

Locations in Fairfield County include:

  • Shelton (two locations, and )
  • Stamford ( and )

Update 1 p.m.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said through his Twitter feed that he’s asked President Obama to declare a federal emergency in Connecticut.

Currently, more than 820,000 utility customers in the state are without power, including more than 800,000 from Connecticut Light & Power. CL&P has no new updates since Tweeting four hours ago that outages could last one week.

The CEO of United Illuminating—whose Fairfield County towns include Easton, Fairfield, Shelton and Trumbull—said customers should have power restored Monday.

Stay on your local Patch for school closing and delay information as it becomes available, and be sure to create a user account to post comments on this article or upload your photos and videos by clicking the “Submit Your Photos” button.

Here’s a snapshot of outages in our towns at 1 p.m.:

Town

% Customers

Saturday

 

 

 

Sunday

 

 

3 p.m.

4 p.m.

5 p.m.

6 p.m.

7 p.m.

12 a.m.

9 a.m.

1 p.m.

Darien

10

26

41

47

37

27

26

26

Easton

0

16

20

22

38

29

42

46

Fairfield

2

3

4

4

4

5

14

14

Greenwich

5

12

13

14

15

18

18

17

New Canaan

8

22

24

38

39

42

42

43

Norwalk

15

17

17

18

18

20

22

19

Redding

1

9

13

96

80

100

100

100

Ridgefield

4

8

9

15

18

67

100

100

Shelton

12

19

25

28

23

18

11

8

Stamford

3

4

8

8

15

8

17

8

Trumbull

0

1

5

5

6

18

25

11

Weston

10

58

68

75

75

61

80

80

Westport

14

28

31

32

34

19

21

22

Wilton

10

37

50

56

56

55

68

66

Update 9:45 a.m. Sunday

In what Gov. Dannel Malloy has called the largest number of outages in Connecticut history at a single time—some 790,000 statewide—Fairfield saw the percentage of UI customers in town nearly triple overnight, from about 5 to 14 percent.

See the full outage table below.

The Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parways are to reopen at 11 a.m. today, Malloy said through his Twitter feed.

United Illuminating on its Twitter feed said: "Crews worked through the night and fresh crews have begun very early this am. Trees continue to be the leading culprit."

Here’s how United Illuminating prioritizes restoration efforts, according to the utility’s website:

First Priority:

  • Public safety requires the de-energizing or cutting down of downed line, primary voltage distribution lines.
  • Restoration of service to previously designated public emergency service institutions such as major hospitals, evacuation centers, as prioritized by municipal officials.

Second Priority

  • Service restoration to a maximum number of customers in a minimum amount of time using available work forces. This usually involves the removal of trees and limbs, the bypassing of some damaged equipment and the re-energizing of primary voltage distribution lines.

Third Priority

  • The repair and restoration of equipment and lines serving small groups of customers.

Fourth Priority

  • Although the restoration of service lines to individual homes or buildings is designated as Priority 4, they will in most cases be done at the same time as other restoration work designated with a higher priority. This is accomplished by using crews not normally associated with distribution restoration work.

Metro-North Railroad says service has been restored on the New Haven line, though rail commuters in towns such as Redding need to make alternative plans:

  • Hudson Line, New Haven Line & New Canaan Branch: Regular train service has been restored.
  • Harlem Line: Upper Harlem Line service remains suspended from North White Plains to Wassaic due to downed trees. Regular train service has been restored from North White Plains to Grand Central.
  • Danbury & Waterbury Branches: Bus service is in effect on both branches. Train service remains suspended due to downed trees at several locations and local power outages. On the Danbury Branch buses will bypass Redding Station. Redding customers should use Branchville or Bethel Stations

 

Town % Customers Saturday


Sunday
3 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 12 a.m. 9 a.m. Darien 10 26 41 47 37 27 26 Easton 0 16 20 22 38 29 42 Fairfield 2 3 4 4 4 5 14 Greenwich 5 12 13 14 15 18 18 New Canaan 8 22 24 38 39 42 42 Norwalk 15 17 17 18 18 20 22 Redding 1 9 13 96 80 100 100 Ridgefield 4 8 9 15 18 67 100 Shelton 12 19 25 28 23 18 11 Stamford 3 4 8 8 15 8 17 Trumbull 0 1 5 5 6 18 25 Weston 10 58 68 75 75 61 80 Westport 14 28 31 32 34 19 21 Wilton 10 37 50 56 56 55 68

Stay on Patch for updates.

Update 12 a.m. Sunday

Powerless homes in Fairfield held steady at just 5 percent of United Illuminating customers, even as , which is forecasted to continue through Sunday morning.

According to a 9:46 p.m. Saturday update from the National Weather Service, the historic October snowstorm is expected to wind down by about 6 a.m. Sunday, leaving accumulations of six inches to a foot.

“Widespread tree damage and power outages will continue,” according to the NWS. “Travel will continue to be hazardous.”

As Saturday becomes Sunday, MTA is reporting:

  • New Haven Line: Trains are operating with delays of  60-90 minutes due to weather-related signal problems.
  • New Canaan & Danbury Branches: Service remains suspended due to downed trees at several locations and slippery rail conditions

Below, you’ll find an outage map that tracks outages, as a percentage of the utility (Connecticut Light & Power or United Illuminating) in the given town.

Town

% Customers

 

 

 

 

 

3 p.m.

4 p.m.

5 p.m.

6 p.m.

7 p.m.

12 a.m.

Darien

10

26

41

47

37

27

Easton

0

16

20

22

38

29

Fairfield

2

3

4

4

4

5

Greenwich

5

12

13

14

15

18

New Canaan

8

22

24

38

39

42

Norwalk

15

17

17

18

18

20

Redding

1

9

13

96

80

100

Ridgefield

4

8

9

15

18

67

Shelton

12

19

25

28

23

18

Stamford

3

4

8

8

15

8

Trumbull

0

1

5

5

6

18

Weston

10

58

68

75

75

61

Westport

14

28

31

32

34

19

Wilton

10

37

50

56

56

55

Patch will have more details as they emerge Sunday.

Update 5 p.m.

See updated outage table below. MTA reports delays on the New Haven line with service on the New Canaan and Danbury branches suspended.

Update 4 p.m.

UI is now reporting about 3 percent of Fairfield without power, still far less than other parts of the county (see table below).

Original Story

Downed trees and branches are causing road hazards, accidents and sporadic power outages throughout Fairfield County Saturday.

A winter storm warning and coastal flood advisory is in effect through much of the region as a slushy storm that coincides with relatively high winds and tides arrived even more quickly than forecasters had predicted. The National Weather Service now is calling for as much as 8 to 12 inches of snow as temperatures drop into the 30s.

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Drawing from the Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating websites, here’s a snapshot of outage reports throughout our towns on Saturday:



Town % Customers



3 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. Darien 10 26 41 47 Easton 0 16 20 22 Fairfield 2 3 4 4 Greenwich 5 12 13 14 New Canaan 8 22 24 38 Norwalk 15 17 17 18 Redding 1 9 13 96 Ridgefield 4 8 9 15 Shelton 12 19 25 28 Stamford 3 4 8 8 Trumbull 0 1 5 5 Weston 10 58 68 75 Westport 14 28 31 32 Wilton 10 37 50 56

Metro-North has . At this time the rail service reporting “Good Service” on the New Haven line and New Canaan  and Danbury branches.

CL&P has issued .

Editor's Note: This story was originally published on Oct. 29.

tonypct October 30, 2011 at 07:25 PM
Hey Mr. Torgerson, why do you make it impossible to contact UI? Since we lost power yesterday, and with that no water and no heat, all I get when I call the 800 number is a busy signal. Somebody really ought to look into the way UI responds to emergencies. if they can't handle it, then they shouldn't be allowed to continue as the electricity provider in southwestern CT. Extended power outages twice with eight weeks. Totally unacceptable.
Michael Dinan (Editor) October 30, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Tony: Just so you know, Planet Fitness has just announced that they're opening all facilities to residents who need them for showers and locker rooms, including the location at 111 Black Rock Turnpike. I will make this a formal update to the main article soon.
TJC October 30, 2011 at 11:29 PM
Any word on Ffld schools for Monday?
Michael Dinan (Editor) October 30, 2011 at 11:35 PM
TJC, I wish I could say I knew what the plan was. Nothing on schools site, town site, town FB page or Twitter chatter yet. Will update Fairfield here as soon as we get word one way or the other.
TJC October 31, 2011 at 01:30 AM
schools are closed.
Michael Dinan (Editor) October 31, 2011 at 01:31 AM
Yes we got word too (via Twitter) tx will update.
tonypct October 31, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Absolutely unbelievable how UI seems to have learned nothing at all from the way they responded to Irene. I still have no power and am not optimistic that it will be returned by tonight. And local hotels are sold out. What a mess! :-(
tonypct October 31, 2011 at 04:30 PM
About an hour ago the number of outages was 496 and now it's 529. Hey UI! The idea is to REDUCE the number of outages; not increase them! Duh.
Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) October 31, 2011 at 04:36 PM
I heard someone saying earlier that, as of this morning, UI had reported only 300 out...so I was pretty disappointed when I checked the chart to update just now!
Fairfield Resident October 31, 2011 at 04:44 PM
Boo Hoo.......Me First!
tonypct October 31, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Hey Fairfield Resident, I think you're looking for the forum for immature teenagers, which is in another section of this web site. Dolt.
TJC October 31, 2011 at 05:32 PM
just ignore him, he'll eventually go away.
Jim Eastwood November 01, 2011 at 03:28 AM
Good evening Fairfield residents Yes you are correct , some live lines have to be shut down for safety reasons---to repair or to prevent accidents One day without power is no big thing -- you will have it soon Also remember that repair of service drops to individual homes is an electricians job hired by the home owner That includes the long driveways You will be OK Consider yourselves LUCKY Look at the rest of the state Stay Warm !!!
tonypct November 01, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Jim, I could live with one day without power. But we are going on day 3 without power and for us, that means no water and of course, no heat. Of course there are residents in the state who are in worse off situations than we are here in Fairfield. That does not mean I need to accept UI's once again abysmal and poor response. So much for UI's promise to restore power by Monday evening. I guess the operative word in the CEO's statement was "virtually."
Jim Eastwood November 01, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Tony and all I just got back from the upper portion of Fairfield County where I went to aid my neighbors--We are all in this together---The Damage there is immense far surpassing anything Poor Fairfield got even during the Hiurricane. I go back up there tonight Want to come???? Yes I have issues here which I suffered during the Power surges during the storm---Last time even in Urban Fairfield I was out for 8 days. You will have power soon but like I said before are your issues with the main lines or the line going to you house??? If so then you need to contact your own repair person. Quite frankly I am a little ashamed of the crying and moaning which Fairfield does every time there is a "Bump" in your road. I have been aiding my neighbors in and out of Ton for OVER 45 years--This up state is one of the worse situationsd I have seen. How about coming along with me and see what troubles are really like---One only has to Travel 10 miles up rt 58, 57 or 59 to see the real problems Stay Warm !!!!!!
tonypct November 01, 2011 at 04:54 PM
You call power outages of 3 or more days in this weather a "Bump in the road?" Really? And quite honestly, I am always suspicious of anyone who has to tell everyone else about how much he or she has been helping others. You have absolutely no idea what I do or do not do when it comes to charity work and quite frankly, I prefer to keep it that way. I fully realize upstate got hit far worse than we did. Again, it doesn't diminsh the effect this storm had on us down here. If you want to, you can always point to someone else having it worse than another. There are people in this state, in this country, and let's take it to the extreme, on this planet who are in far worse shape than our fellow residents upstate. So, should you therefore tell them to stop complaining? The issues, by the way, are not with my main lines going to my house. I would know if that was the case as I have had those issues before and did have to bring in a private electrician to repair those issues. And as for coming up with you to see what troubles are really like, that won't be necessary. I have seen what troubles are really like, and not just with power outages. But I wish you safe travels and much success in aiding your neighbors. You too stay warm.
Jim Eastwood November 03, 2011 at 03:23 PM
To All Stay Warm!!!!!!! Come up to the north end of the County and Litchfield County and help out !!! Fairfield is very Lucky again As for "Bumps" in the Road Thank a Line Man or two !!! Stay Safe and Come on up !!! For you all appear to be warm and comfortable in your Mc Mansions !!!!
TJC November 04, 2011 at 12:45 AM
boring

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