Frustration Mounts as Outages Continue

Tolland and Stafford are among the towns where power remains out.

By Doug Greene
|  Monday, Nov 7, 2011  |  Updated 4:42 PM EDT
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Frustration Mounts as Outages Continue

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A tree branch rests on top of power lines on Oakwood Ave. in West Hartford.

The fire chief in Tolland is containing his fury as he goes from Plan A to Plan B to Plan C nine days after the October storm that brought down trees and has left many in the dark for more than a week.

"We're doing everything we can to get to every house and road," John Littell said, "but we're not getting any answers from CL&P. We're getting falsification information from the state, so we're here. We will take care of our own."

Connecticut Light & Power said they planned to have power restored to 99 percent of customers across the state as of Sunday night, but the company missed its goal and 22 percent of Tolland remains in the dark as of 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

Littell and the town manager are unhappy with delays from the power company and with the lack of resources from the state government. Still, they're determined to keep shelters open for the many people still without electricity.

People don't even have to live in Tolland. If someone from Ellington or Stafford needs MREs or drinking water, all they have to do is go to 191 Merrow Road in Tolland to pick it up.

For shelter, "We'll send transportation," Littell said.

In Stafford, Stafford Motor Speedway has set aside an area for disposal of tree branches.

"It's a blessing to have this open. We feel blessed," Paul Julian said. "It's right down the street, tie it down, there's not gonna be brush all over the road, hazardous material, feel good."
 

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