Haddam town officials set up a disaster relief center Friday as over forty percent of the town's Eversource customer were still without power two nights after a nor'easter pummeled the state.
First Selectwoman Lizz Milardo told NBC Connecticut warm showers, beds, and place to recharge were available at the Haddam Killingsworth Middle School overnight.
Milardo and her staff grappled with power outages at home as well. She has received multiple alerts from Eversource saying her electricity would be restored, but the power has yet to come back on. "The last update I got was 2 a.m. this morning and I still don't have power," Milardo said.
Haddam took a heavy beating in this week's nor'easter, which brought down trees and power lines throughout the town. Eversource crews were hard at work repairing damage, but the effort may take days.
Eversource announced Friday they may need until Sunday night until 11 p.m. to restore power to the vast majority of customers.
The company is focused on bringing the highest number of people back online as quickly as they can. Milardo said she understands the importance of efficiency, but added it can be difficult to prioritize.
"When you have 40 roads that you were looking at that are blocked, and Eversource calls you at 11 a.m. and says give me your top five... how do you decide what those top five are?" Milardo said. "There's live wires in some situations on more than five roads,” she added.
Haddam resident Paul Rogozinski has had enough of power outages to invest in a generator. He said the generator supplies enough energy to keep things going, but added, "I don't need another night."