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(Update) Tolland Close to Full Recovery Ten Days After Storm

Sixty crews work in town to restore power and clear the roads for school on Wednesday.

Updated 6 p.m., Nov. 8:

Town Manager Steve Werbner sent this e-mail out at 5:35 p.m. to residents and busienss owners who subscribe to the town's e-blast mailing system:

"As of 5:00 PM we are at 38 customers without power. Utility crews are on Buff Cap and will be addressing multiple number outages on Plains Road and Grant Hill Road. The 33 remaining individual service lines are planned to be address by midnight. All service wire issues we identified, and closed roads have been addressed or will be addressed by midnight tonight.

Residents are advised that assistance is available to those who are still in need.  Showers continue to be available at the Star Hill complex. If you are in need of shelter call 860-871-3677 from 8am-4:30PM, after 4:30PM call 860-875-2543. Water and MRE’s will continue to be available at the Fire Training Center from 8:00AM to 4:30PM. The Emergency Operations Center will continue to monitor the situation as efforts are made to restore power to the last 38 homes.

Thank you for your patience during this emergency."

Original story:

Tolland is returning to normal on , as 60 crews work to restore power to the final 109 customers without power by the end of the day and to clear roads so school buses can safely pass on Wednesday.

The Tolland EOC dispatched crews in coordination with CL&P officials this morning. Crews are working off of two Tolland EOC-compiled lists: a blocked roads list and another detailing low hanging wires and service lines that could pose a danger for school buses and students on the way to school on Wednesday.

CL&P officials hope to have the roads cleared by 3 p.m. this afternoon, so the school system can rest assured that school can be safely attended. The company also plans on sweeping the entire town in the next few days to remove dangling branches that threaten to fall and wipe power back out for unlucky customers.

"Things are looking better," said Emergency Management Director John Littell. "We're going to regroup this afternoon." According to the EOC, there are now less than a dozen blocked roads.

Residents who live on town roads can bring debris to the designated drop off site at Cross Farms. Director of Public Works Clem Langlois, Jr. said that the town will avoid huge costs by having residents bring brush themselves.

"If we can do it in-house, we can save half a million dollars in pick up," Langlois said. He suggests that those without trucks reach out to friends and neighbors for assistance dropping off debris.

The Tolland fire marshal also on other ways to get rid of debris accumulated from the storm.

The Tolland EOC still has non-potable and drinking water available for residents. There is also a , which Littell says should be applied to those with private wells who have not had generators running their water for the last few days.

Jon knapp November 08, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Crestwood and hilltop restored at 2:45pm - thanks Vancouver guys and CL&P for getting this done!!!
Debbie November 08, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Buff Cap Rd Extension still no power. But tree crews are here and CL&P has been up and down the road.
Nancy Gustafson November 08, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Yea!!!! Dare I ask about cable? See any comcast trucks about?
Curt Szalontai November 08, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Hunter Road got power back about 4:30 this morning. Comcast went out again about 9AM due to a generator failure according to Comcast phone rep. It came back just before 4PM. Was not looking forward to another night without power!
Jon knapp November 09, 2011 at 01:08 AM
Comcast is scheduled to be here on Thursday with a crew of some sort

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