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No More Outages Reported For Bethlehem, Middlebury & Woodbury [UPDATE]

Things are getting back to normal: Region 14 schools are back in session come Monday.

 

Ways to stay connected to the Middlebury and Woodbury community.

1:12 a.m. Monday, 11/5

The CL&P outage map shows Bethlehem, Middlebury and Woodbury completely back on the power grid.

12:20 p.m. Sunday, 11/4

Middlebury First Selectman Edward B. St. John said approximately 20 homes are without power and he expects all power to be restored by the end of Sunday.

"There are three crews working in town today," he said. "They're trying to have power up and running by the end of the day."

10:28 p.m. Saturday, 11/3

Region 14 schools are back in session on Monday, Nov. 5, Superintendent Jody Goeler told Patch via e-mail.

12:30 p.m. Saturday, 11/3

As of 12:30 p.m., 32 customers are without power in Woodbury.

Woodbury First Selectman Gerald 'Jerry' Stomski relayed the following storm update.

Five crews will be working in Woodbury today to restore power to these remaining customers. It is expected that all CL&P customer services will be restored by Saturday.

CL&P will be working to restore power to Middle Road Turnpike, Woodbury Road, Minortown Road, Curtis Road, Judd Hill Avenue and Hill Road.

2:22 a.m. Saturday, 11/3

Power outage statistics from CL&P's Outage Map:

  • Bethlehem: 20 homes without power, or one percent of customers   
  • Middlebury: 61 homes without power, or one percent of customers   
  • Woodbury: 159 without power, or three percent of customers

6:54 p.m. Friday, 11/2

Woodbury releases its final CodeRED message related to Hurricane Sandy:

  • 10 percent of the town is still without power
  • Crews are working to restore power
  • Showers: The Emergency Services Building is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Stay away from downed power lines
  • Be sure to operate your generator safely

2:06 p.m. Friday, 11/2

Due to Sandy, the trucks for the Middlebury Elementary School clothing drive collection have to postpone. The MES PTO said: "We hope to reschedule ASAP and will send out fliers as soon as we know! Thank you for your patience!"

1:40 p.m. Friday, 11/2

New Morning Market is open at 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. There us free Wifi in the cafe and charging stations.

Noon Friday, 11/2

The following update is from Woodbury First Selectman Gerald 'Jerry' Stomski.

CL&P provided the town with this summary of outages:

  • Day 2 (Oct. 31st) - approx. 45% out of power
  • Day 3 (Nov. 1st)  - approx. 25% out of power
  • Day 4 (Nov. 2nd)  - approx. 11% out of power

Five crews working in town today to restore power to the last 11% of customers.

Questions regarding power restoration should be directed to CL&P at  800-286-2000.

The Town of Woodbury continues to provide comfort stations at the Woodbury Senior Community Center and the Emergency Services Building.

Citizens may shower, charge their phones, get a cup of coffee, a bowl of soup and/or fill water containers.

Citizens may contact the Selectman’s Office at 203-262-2141 or the Emergency Services Building at 203-263-3100 should additional information be needed.

Additional CodeRed Emergency Notifications may be sent if needed.

12 a.m. Friday, 11/2

Malloy Questions Utilities' Hurricane Sandy Response

5:55 p.m. Thursday, 11/1

Middlebury Public Works is offering brush pick-up related to damage after Hurricane Sandy. See more here: Brush pick-up taking place in Middlebury.

5:29 p.m. Thursday, 11/1

The Woodbury Senior Center will resume normal operations tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 2.  All scheduled activities and services will take place. 

 11:43 a.m. Thursday, 11/1

Woodbury is not providing debris pick-up, First Selectman Gerald 'Jerry' Stomski said.

"The town encourages citizens to bring your storm related brush to the transfer station," he said. "The town will not be providing road-side storm debris clean-up."

Fees will be waived for debris drop-off for two weeks, beginning today, he said.

1:12 a.m. Thursday, 11/1

Woodbury First Selectman Gerald 'Jerry' Stomski said all roads are now open and passable, although some may have one lane open. He also provided the following update on brush removal:

We will be waiving all fees associated with residents bringing brush to the transfer station for two weeks starting tomorrow.

5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31

The Region 15 School District has announced that schools will be in session tomorrow, Nov. 1.

And for those still without power, here is a list of places you can get a hot shower:

  • Middlebury Fire Department, 65 Tucker Hill Road, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Public Works, 2 Service Road, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., limited availability
  • Planet Fitness, 855 Lakewood Road in Waterbury and at 1186 New Haven Road in Naugatuck

In addition, Shepardson will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a warming and charging station.

1:12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31

Region 14 schools are closed tomorrow: Thursday, Nov. 1, according to Region 14 Superintendent Jody Goeler.

"There is still concern regarding downed power lines and partially blocked roads," Goeler said.

Friday is a professional development day for all staff and students are expected to report on Monday, he said.

9:57 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31

The Middlebury Public Library is open, according to its Facebook page.

9:48 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31

Middlebury Parks & Rec posted this on its Facebook page: "We are in need of volunteers! If you would like to volunteer at Pomperaug HS to help with residents who need to use it as a shelter, please contact the Parks and Recreation Dept. at 203-758-2520."

Newtown Savings Bank posted this info on its Facebook page: "All of our branches except Woodbury, Trumbull, and Clock Tower (in Monroe) are open for business."

Geppetto's Toys in Woodbury is open and handing out treats for children today, according to its Facebook page.

2:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31

2:24 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31

Woodbury Trick or Trunk Still On; Traditional Trick-or-Treating Not Recommended

1:56 a.m. Wednesday, 10/31

Clean-up in Woodbury is nearing completion and should be finished today, First Selectman Gerald Stomski reported. He noted the following:

The Highway Department workers were working with CL&P line crews and tree crews to open up roads blocked by fallen trees and wires, he said. On Wednesday, this phase of the cleanup will be completed.

Approximately 42 percent of the town is without power. CL&P, after conducting storm assessment, will begin restoring power to the town's critical infrastructure, which includes the:

  • Police Department
  • Fire Department
  • Senior Community Center
  • Boyd Building
  • Shove Building
  • Region 14 Schools
  • Public water
  • Main power lines

Once this is up and running, 3/4 of the town is expected to be back online, Stomski said.

Then individual services to homes will be restored. Residents may call CL&P at 800-286-2000 if they have questions regarding the restoration of electricity.

The Town's municipal mffices will be closed on Wednesday, including the Woodbury Public Library and Senior Center. Updates will be issued regarding municipal services on Wednesday.

"The town wishes to thank our emergency planners, police, fire department and ambulance for their efforts, and thank you to our public works employees who are once again doing a tremendous job at cleaning up after the storm," Stomski said. "We also wish to thank our residents for their cooperation and continued patience."

11:10 p.m. Monday, 10/29

Middlebury Acting Police Chief Richard Wildman released the following update:

On Tuesday, 10/30/12, Middlebury Public Works worked with a CL&P Crew throughout the day and into the evening and got all the road closure issues resolved.

In addition, the town of Middlebury went from about a 35 percent outage to about a 10 percent outage tonight.

Police are working with CL&P Crews throughout the night on some major line and pole issues. Another major issue that is being worked on through out the night is a broken fiber optic cable that has many businesses relying on this feed in Fairfield County.

Also resolved tonight was an environmental issue that happened as a result of a transformer that broke open due to falling trees and a subsequent oil spill, this occurred in the area of Charcoal Avenue.

With most of the major tree issue resolved, there should be good progress in the power restoration effort. The CL&P liaison has worked out excellent operating right out of the town's Emergency Operation Center.

Pomperaug High School remains open for sheltering, charging electronics, food, and showers. The town would like to recognize the effort that Region 15 has put into assisting with this shelter and the Red Cross for lending us their expertise in managing the shelter.

5:37 p.m. Tuesday, 10/30

 Middlebury trick-or-treating: To go or not to go? The first selectman says the decision lies with Middlebury residents. 

3:08 p.m. Tuesday, 10/30

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12:28 p.m. Tuesday, 10/30

Sylvan Learning Center on Main Street in Southbury will be open, Peter Bartoli reports.

10:47 a.m. Tuesday, 10/30

First Selectman Gerald 'Jerry' Stomski issued a warning to residents:


There are multiple trees down across road and wires. There are a great deal of electric wires on the ground. There are a great amount of people driving around, getting out of their cars to take pictures.

Stomski urged residents to stay away from downed power lines.

"They may be and are probably still charged. We don't want anyone to be electrocuted."

10:12 a.m. Tuesday, 10/30

Geppetto's Toys: We have power and are open, can't say the same for [some]. Hope everyone is safe.

Middlebury Parks and Recreation: If you plan to venture out along the greenway, please use caution. Be aware of hanging limbs and debris.

All activities are canceled for Tuesday, October 30th. Additionally, all parks and fields are closed in Middlebury.

Ledgewood Park is closed until further notice.

9:10 a.m. Tuesday, 10/30

Middlebury Public Library reported the following on its Facebook page:

Due to road conditions, the Middlebury Public Library will be closed on Tuesday October 30th. Normal hours will resume on Wednesday October 31st.

The Woodbury Public Library closed early on Monday and it is not known yet if the library will open on Tuesday, although it is closed as of 9:10 a.m.

8:24 a.m. Tuesday, 10/30

Newtown Savings Bank posted the following on its Facebook page:

10/30/2012 – All of our branches Except Woodbury, Trumbull, Sandhill (in Newtown), and Clock Tower (in Monroe) will open at 11 am today.

Readers weighed in on Woodbury-Middlebury Patch's Facebook page and said businesses are open, including but not limited to:

  • Dottie's Diner
  • Gas Stations
  • Woodbury Deli
  • Woodbury Diner

Are we missing an open business? Tell us in the comments.

7:52 a.m. Tuesday, 10/30

All Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles locations are closed today due to Hurricane Sandy.

7:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30

State police release name of Mansfield's Hurricane Sandy Victim

6:46 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30

There is a downed power line blocking Route 188 between Pies & Pints and St. John of the Cross Church, reader Paul Anderson noted on the Woodbury-Middlebury Patch Facebook page.

Route 64 through the center of Middlebury, Route 63 headed into Naugatuck and Route 68 from Naugatuck to Prospect are clear for travel, he said.

6:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30

Several roads are closed due to fallen trees and wires, according to Woodbury First Selectman Gerald 'Jerry' Stomski.

"We are to resume work with CL&P to open these roads so that emergency vehicles may get through," he said via e-mail to Patch. "Once this is accomplished, we will be working with CL&P to behind to restore power. Then the storm cleanup begins."

Town offices are closed due to a power outage, he said. An emergency management meeting is set for 9 a.m. More info will be available after that meeting. Trick or Trunk is still on, said Stomski.

6:08 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30

5:34 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30

12:17 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30

Hurricane Sandy was downgraded to a tropical storm.

11:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29

Woodbury First Selectman Gerald Stomski said he is meeting with the emergency management team first thing Tuesday morning to assess damage and discuss emergency shelter options.

At this point, the shelters in Woodbury are not open but the regional shelter at Pomperaug High School opened at 4 p.m. today.

He expressed gratitude to the highway crew who worked until 10 p.m. keeping the roads open for emergency personnel.

Stomski said an update will likely be provided around 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.

10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29

The following update is from Middlebury's Acting Police Chief Richard Wildman.

About 1/3 of the town has no power. Several roads are closed due to tree and wire down issues. Route 188 (Southford Road) is closed between Route 64 and Christian Road.

Please use Christian Road to Route 64, as a detour should have been posted by DOT. Priority first thing tomorrow is to get the roads open.

The shelter at Pomperaug High School is open. The shelter will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No school Tuesday (Region 15). Use 911 to report emergencies. Tree and wire down issues can be called in on routine line 203-577-4028.

9:08 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29

Outages are increasing as the night goes on, CL&P reports.

  • Bethlehem: 100 percent without power (1,857 customers without power)
  • Middlebury: 22 percent without power (754 out of 3,375 customers)
  • Woodbury: 98 percent without power (5,045 out of 5,112 customers)


7:52 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29

There are currently 2,735 customers without power in town, according to CL&P's outage maps. Fire trucks are en route to Main Street North, for reports of a tree and wires down, according to First Selectman Gerald Stomski. Originally, it was reported that Main Street South was impacted but Stomski said it is Main Street North in the area of Quassuk and Washington Roads.

5:52 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29

The folowing message is from Ruth Mechiori of Canfield Corner Pharmacy:

Canfield Corner Pharmacy will be open with or without power! We are also available for emergency medication needs at 203-263-2595. Just let the phone ring long enough for me to hear it and get to it! I am one of the pharmacists and live upstairs. We are allowed to dispense emergency medication to people who may use other pharmacies that are closed due to the weather. We ask that they bring their prescription bottles with them. Thanks.

5:18 p.m. Monday, 10/29

Gerald Stomski urges residents to stay off the roads and gives an update on Trick or Trunk.

3:37 p.m. Monday, 10/29

New Morning Market is closed for the day.

Power outage report, according to CL&P's outage maps:

  • Bethlehem: 368 homes without power
  • Middlebury: 93 homes without power
  • Woodbury: 31 homes without power

Report outages online via "Report an Outage" or by calling CL&P at 800-286-2000.

1:45 p.m. Monday, 10/29

Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) is reporting that there are currently 25 Middlebury customers without power and 5 in Woodbury. The outage map, which is updated regularly, is availabe on the utility's website.

11:59 a.m. Monday, 10/29

Woodbury Parks & Rec programs are cancelled today, according to Park & Rec Director Jenifer Miller's blog.

10:33 a.m. Monday, 10/29

All LaBonne's stores will be closing at 3 p.m. today and opening at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

10:20 a.m. Monday, 10/29

The Middlebury Public Library is closed on Monday. The Woodbury Public Library is closing at noon Monday. The children's room is closed at the Woodbury Library.

10:22 a.m. Monday, 10/29

All Middlebury Parks and Recreation activities are cancelled today. All Middlebury parks and fields are closed as well.

The Middlebury Consignment store & cafe will be closed today.

9:49 a.m. Monday, 10/29

Malloy orders closure of state highways

Original article, 5:55 a.m. Monday, 10/29

Editor's Note: Check back with Woodbury-Middlebury Patch frequently as this article will be continually updated throughout the duration of the storm with Middlebury and Woodbury news and information, including power outages, shelter openings, school closures and much more. I recommend bookmarking this page and the Hurricane Sandy topic page to stay informed.

As Hurricane Sandy continues its collision course for the Northeast, the towns of Middlebury and Woodbury are preparing for the potentially historic storm.

Region 14 and Region 15 school closings were announced ahead of the storm.

  • Region 14: Closed Monday & Tuesday
  • Region 15: Closed Monday

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Theofilos Anastasiadis October 30, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Jaimie you are doing a great job!!!! Thank You.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Theo, thanks so much! I hope you're weathering the storm well!
Kimberley Shelton October 30, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Jaime: My area of Seymour survived pretty much unscathed... didn't lose power or have any noticeable damage... others in town weren't so lucky. Woodbury is my 2nd "home" since I work there. Thank you so much for posting updates, so that us out-of-town folks can know what's what up there!
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Kimberley, that's great - so happy to hear you didn't lose power! And my pleasure - it's been a crazy day and a half but happy to help!

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