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Towns Making Do Until Power is Restored

CL&P crews not in sight in Windsor Locks.

Windsor Locks officials are still waiting for the first power company trucks to make an appearance in the community.

First Selectman Steven N. Wawruck said Wednesday that CL&P trucks have not been in the community since power was knocked out Saturday. Some were supposed to come to town earlier this week but were diverted somewhere else, he said.

“I’m anticipating crews being here in town in the next 24 hours,” Wawruck said.

Utility trucks that residents might have seen around town are from the telephone and cable television companies, he said.

A transmission line supplying power to failed when CL&P recharged the lines Tuesday, CL&P President Jeff Butler said during a press conference Wednesday morning. That is now working, he said.

The line did not affect Bradley, spokesman John Wallace said. The airport has been on back up generators since Saturday, he said.

That line only affects 70 customers in Windsor Locks, Wawruck said.

At , residents are recharging their phones and computers in the main conference rooms, and others are getting warm in the gymnasium. Those facilities are available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Windsor Locks High School is the town's shelter until further notice.

Residents can also get Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) from emergency management personnel. Bottled water is available for residents who are wells. Water from the municipal water system has not been affected by outages, Wawruck said.

Around both Windsor Locks and East Windsor businesses, organizations and people are offering help to fellow residents.

, at Elm and Main streets in Windsor Locks, is open and is offering free recharging for cellphones.

For the second night in a row, , 27 Depot Street, is offering a free meal from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tonight the meal is a salisbury steak dinner. On Tuesday night, 450 people were served free pasta dinners.

"People really need a break," Tom Kuhns, the owner, said in an email.

The Rotary Club of Broad Brook Club will serve dinner at Pauline's Kitchen on Friday November 4; they have power. If you can help us we would appreciate it. We serve at the dining hall, 55 North Main Street.
in East Windsor is now acting as the official town shelter is offering showers in the parish hall to those without heat until their power and heat is restored. Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) will be available there as well.

Please note that there are no towels, soap or shampoo available, so remember to bring some. Also, please keep your shower short so as many people as possible can take advantage of the hot water, officials said.

Maria Giannuzzi November 04, 2011 at 07:46 PM
I would like more details about the CL&P crews that were supposed to come to Windsor Locks earlier this week but were diverted somewhere else. Where were the crews diverted and why were they diverted from Windsor Locks?

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