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Power Goes Down at Prison



    Power Goes Down at Prison
    Power is out for a prison along the shoreline.

    Among the many facilities that did not have power on Friday morning, four days after Sandy moved through the state, was high-security prison along the shoreline.

    As of Friday afternoon, one of the two generators at  York Correctional Institution is working. Both were out for a period of time on Friday. 

    The prison is located in East Lyme, a southeastern Connecticut shoreline town where power is out for 51 percent of Connecticut Light & Power customers. It houses women, as well as men who were in the adjoining Gates Correctional Institution, which closed in 2011.

    The prison is in lockdown, according to officials from the state Department of Correction. There are no issues with safety.

    Work is being done to get the other generator up and running.

    The southeastern part of the state is one of the areas that was hardest hit by Sandy.

    The prison was on temporary power and its generator went down, Bill Quinlan, senior vice president of emergency preparedness for CL&P, said during a news conference on Friday morning.

    “We are putting a particular emphasis on restoring service to that important facility just as soon as we can,” Quinlan said.

    CL&P is sending in a large contingent of linemen who are trying to restore the circuit that feeds the prison, Quinlan said. The utility company is also looking into some temporary generation of power later this morning in case restoration takes longer than expected.

    NBC Connecticut has left a message with the state Department of Correction.

    How to Help

    Donate to the NBC Connecticut Storm Relief Drive on Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon.

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    The Connecticut Red Cross is asking interested volunteers to email ctvol@ctredcross.org with their phone number and email address. The Red Cross will then contact them with further information about how they can help out.

    United Way:

    The United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is seeking donations of shelf-stable, non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, bottled water, and clean blankets. There are five local drop-off locations for these contributions:

    • The Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center, 374 Broad Street, New London from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m on Friday, Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;
    • The Hampton Inn, 300 Long Hill Road, Groton;
    • The Residence Inn, 40 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic;
    • The Comfort Inn, 48 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic; and
    • United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, 283 Stoddards Wharf Road (at the corner of Route 12), Gales Ferry from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    If you would like to make a financial contribution, please go to www.uwsect.org and click on the ‘Donate’ button in the upper right-hand corner to contribute securely online.

    United Way of New York City has established the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. The Fund will address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of individuals, families and communities along the Eastern Seaboard that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy's devastation. Contributions to the Fund will be used by local United Ways in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia. United Way of New York City will charge no administrative fees.

    The East Haven Pantry, located at 39 Park St. in the lower level of Christ and the Epiphany Church, is accepting donations of non-perishable foods. Monetary donations are preferred as they have a purchasing power available to them of at least double of the funds raised.

    Donations will also be accepted at the Hagaman Memorial Library and at the Town Hall. All monies must be in the form of a check payable to the East Haven Food Pantry.

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