[UPDATE 5:30 p.m.] Day 7: Where is There Power in West Hartford?

An update on the restoration of power in West Hartford as of Friday, Nov. 4.

The map shows the CL&P power circuits for the Town of West Hartford and their associated circuit numbers. A larger version, where residents can zoom in on their streets, is located on West Hartford's website.

A CL&P representative advised West Hartford's Emergency Operations Committee that they will be working to restore power in the following areas on Friday: 47N8 and 47N2, including Hamilton Ave., Kane St., Oakwood Ave., Park Rd., South Main St., Newport Ave., and Glenbrook areas.

CL&P has also indicated that crews are working on the 4A7 area, including Greeenhouse Rd., Route 173 to Cambridge St., and Grove St. areas. Circuits carrying town priorities which include the Court of St. James Elderly Housing at 144 South Main St. (47N2) and Hall High School (3B05) "will be worked with a goal of restoration today," CL&P wrote in a Completion Action Plan distributed at the Emergency Operations Center Friday morning.

There are a total of 19 crews working in West Hartford on Friday: 13 line crews and 6 tree crews. CL&P representative Watson Collins told town officials Friday morning, "Our goal is that we'll pick up 5,000 customers today."

West Hartford officials will continue to fill in the map as power restoration is reported. If anyone knows of an area which has power but has not been highlighted, please let us know. The information on the map has been provided by the West Hartford police department. Additional information from CL&P on powered up areas is available but has not yet been confirmed. Once those areas are confirmed the map will be updated.

The areas in GREEN currently have power.

The areas shaded in GRAY have the power backbone energized. This will allow CL&P to begin providing power to "side taps" in the area – or to begin restoring power to other areas within that circuit grid.

As more areas of the map are filled in, the map will be updated.

CL&P's outage map, which many have been using as a guideline, is being constantly updated. Numbers are changing constantly, and according to CL&P will sometimes indicate more customers are without power than it did earlier. CL&P said that occurs as circuits are turned on and recorded, but then still damaged areas within those circuits are dropped from the list.

Jonathan Hochman November 04, 2011 at 03:44 PM
We now have about 8% of the outages. CL&P claims to have 1,000+ crews active. Why are so few (~1.5%) in West Hartford? Why doesn't our "Mayor Milquetoast" pick up the phone and get an answer to that question, or do what SImsbury did--threaten to sue. Under that threat CL&P suddenly sent a bunch of crews to Simsbury (our crews?)., CL&P should be allocating resources proportional to the outages in each town, not according to clout, favors, threats or tea leaves. With 20,000+ people without power, fixing 5,000 per day starting on day 6 is completely unacceptable. That means some of us will be stuck in the cold 10 days, right until Election Day.
Ronni Newton November 04, 2011 at 03:49 PM
That's exactly the type of feedback we're looking for, Patrick. This information is as of 8 a.m. Friday, but it is only as good as what CL&P will provide or what the West Hartford police can observe by seeing where lights are on in the evening. The map will be updated with your information for the next time it is posted. Thanks so much!
Shawn M Lang November 04, 2011 at 04:00 PM
Mayor Slifka has done a great job keeping us/me informed about what's going on in town. My street doesn't even have a grid number. Mi feel like Maplewood Avenue is all but forgotten!
Jonathan Hochman November 04, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Slifka may be a very nice, dedicated, communicative guy, but he hasn't been an effective advocate for the town. Effectiveness is judge by the results. Day after day after day we are ignored by CL&P. They have 1500 crews out today. Why are so few of them in West Hartford? We were in the storm's bullseye, along with Bloomfield, Avon, Simsbury and Farmington. We have the worst damage and the most customers without power. Why aren't they sending us adaquate resources? Our mayor needs to be much stronger. Do whatever it takes to get our fair share of resources.
shannon November 04, 2011 at 05:53 PM
I agree with you Shawn. The mayor is doing a great job even if CL&P isn't.
Jonathan Hochman November 04, 2011 at 06:11 PM
West Hartford has 21,000+ customers out. That is more than any other town. The next highest are East Hartford and Meriden with 12,000 each. CL&P claims to have 1500 crews out today. A grand total of 17 are in West Hartford. Where are all the other crews? One would think that the town with the most outages would have the most crews. In our case, we have 8% of the outages so we should have 8% of 1500, which is about 100 crews. Yet we only have 17. There is a huge disconnect here. Why isn't West Hartford getting the help we need? Who is responsible to see that the town gets it's fair share of help? If not the mayor, who? When we are getting 1/6th the help we are entitled to, the buck has to stop somewhere.
Peter November 04, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Maplewood is in the zone that never gets power again. :)
Ronni Newton November 04, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Peter, Maplewood does not appear to have been assigned a zone number. I'll let you know if I can find out more information for you. Check back in this comment stream.
Peter November 04, 2011 at 07:14 PM
I appreciate that. Thanks.
Nancy Metcalf November 04, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Just a heads up: today's outage map posted on the town website showed that our street, Woodrow St, had power. My husband just checked. It doesn't.
Ronni Newton November 04, 2011 at 08:20 PM
We have been advised that if your street is shown as having power, but you do not have power, you should call CL&P and inform them. Sometimes they have energized a neighborhood and marked it off as repaired, but there are other as yet identified problems preventing power to certain homes or even entire streets. CL&P's number is: 1-800-286-2000.
Andrea Long November 04, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Bravo to Patch.com for keeping those in West Hartford updated continually this week! You have been the ONLY place to go all week to get accurate updates. From now on you will be on my Homepage and my regular "go to" stop for local news. Bravo!
Jonathan Hochman November 04, 2011 at 10:35 PM
I agree Patch has been great.
Claire November 04, 2011 at 11:57 PM
Patch has been my best source for info. Shame on cl&p when the patch gives more info than them. A question...has cl&p worked on any individual homes where branches tore down a house's line to the road? My street actually has power (one of the few). Cl&p was by my street today but didn't hook up my power. I called twice and reported my house's outage. Are they not doing any home lines yet?
Susan Schoenberger (Editor) November 05, 2011 at 12:02 AM
@Claire I also had the lines ripped down from the house. I hired an electrician because I heard that the power would be restored faster that way. I think CL&P will eventually do it, but I've been told that the electrician's fee would be covered by homeowner's insurance (minus the deductible).
Claire November 05, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Thanks Susan! We hired an electrician and called cl&p to tell them we're all ready to be hooked up again. We actually didn't lose power. Cl&p cut our wire bc it had pulled from the house. so frustrating! Now I wonder when they'll get around to individual homes. Did cl&p hook you back up?
Michael Poulin November 05, 2011 at 12:07 PM
Take a god look at the power map. The circuits (zones make no sense) areas with the most trees appear to be the largest. One line go's we all go. They should be much smaller. Also, trees were trimmed in my area app 2 years ago & CL&P did a terrible job. Paid no attention to the trees remaining stability or health. All the weight was left on one side of the tree. The crew doing the work was from Texas. A very good example of why no one in a well treed residential area want's CL&P tree crews working without knowlegeable arborists to insure it is done right. How much of this was the direct result of CL&P incompetence or nothing more than keeping $'s in their pockets?
Ryan November 05, 2011 at 01:39 PM
So there was absolutely no evidence of cl&p crews in 47N8 yesterday. I realize I'm no more important than anyone else without power but there are a 1000 or more people and a nursing home in a very small cluster next to an area that never lost power. It's baffling to me why this wasnt addressed earlier even from just an efficiency stand point.
Michael Poulin November 06, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Mr Mayor, why don't you spend more of our tax dollars to plant trees like you have done in the past. Nice young trees planted on the island @ the intersection of Fern & Mountain that are now cut to the ground. Maybe you and the Democratic Council will refrain from spending needlessly and work to reduce our bloated budget for salaries, benefits & beautification projects until our economy is back on track. Please do not be an advocate for a 13% increase for the pay of our Town Clerk as you have been previously.


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