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Hurricane Sandy: No School Thursday for East Haven Students, Staff

Power problems in three of the town's elementary schools Wednesday lead officials to cancel school once again. Also: all roads now passable to traffic, and other updates.

UPDATE at 5:35 p.m.

East Haven Public Schools will be closed tomorrow for students, teachers and staff members.

As East Haven Patch reported earlier today, two of the town's elementary schools, Ferrara and Overbrook, were out of power as of this afternoon. And a third school, Deer Run, was only partially online.

There is no word yet on whether the school district will resume classes on Friday.

East Haven Patch will continue to provide updates on recovery information as it becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY

East Haven may have weathered the storm, but the next several days will still present the extended challenge of recovery and restoration.

East Haven Patch met with Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Licata and Frank Gentilesco, assistant director of administration & management for the mayor's office, at the town's Emergency Operations Center in the fire department's headquarters along Main Street.

Here is an overview of their briefing on the day's latest developments and updates.

School Still Uncertain for Thursday

Gentilesco said there were two schools as of early Wednesday afternoon that still had no power: Ferrara and Overbrook. And Deer Run had only partial service.

The decision of whether or not school would reopen for East Haven Public School students on Thursday would be made at some point later in the day today by Superintendent Anthony Serio.

All Roads Reopened

Licata said East Haven Public Services, along with utility companies, were out and about throughout town over the past 24 hours working on clearing debris and downed power lines to makes sure the town's streets were once again safe and passable.

Licata said while some roads may still have areas of debris that partially block a lane, none are unable to be accessed by residents and/or emergency vehicles.

"We can reach everybody in town," he said.

Power Restoration: No Clear Estimate Yet

With all roadways now reopened to traffic, Licata explained that United Illuminating's "Make It Safe" crews can now go in and de-energize lines in problem areas.

With the lines no longer live, this then allows the town's public works crews to go in and do the work they need to do to clear additional debris.

After that debris is removed from an area, he said, utility crews will return to repair and re-energize a line, restoring power to the customers it serves.

In his press conference Wednesday morning, Gov. Dannel Malloy said the state's utility companies are expected to have a general ball park figure as far as when restoration efforts would be completed tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, East Haven officials are asking residents to direct their calls regarding electricity issues to UI's customer service line at 1-800-722-5584.

Licata also encouraged residents to begin thinking about making contingency plans for an extended period without electricity in their homes.

"It still may be a few days before the power goes on," he said.

Town Shelter May Reopen Later This Week

With power still out to more than 54 percent of the town as of Wednesday afternoon, and colder evening low temperatures on its way later this week, town officials said they may have to reopen the town's emergency shelter at the East Haven High School.

The shelter — which served as a temporary refuge for those who were under the mandatory evacuation order, or who voluntarily left their homes — was open from Sunday until Tuesday.

But Licata said the town may look to reopen it to ensure people are sheltered from the overnight lows expected to move as the week goes on.

"We're expected some colder weather, so we'll have to rethink that," he said.

Other Information Updates

Town officials also had other updates as well:

  • Non-potable water, which cannot be used for drinking or cooking, is now available at all fire stations; residents must bring their own containers.
  • Dumpsters have been placed in storm damaged areas, including the shoreline
  • Town landfill will reopen tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.. It will also be open Friday and Saturday, but will be closed Sunday. No permit will be needed to drop off items.
  • Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr will be holding a meeting with the National Guard later today to determine if they are needed to continue their presence on the town's shoreline
Cynthia salvati October 31, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Do you know if Hemingway ave has power yet
Pam Franco October 31, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Does the mayor have power? Lets just keep assessing and not give the public a timeline.
Luanne G October 31, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Does anyone know what restaurants in EH have power. It would be helpful to have a list of businesses that are open. For those of us with no power eating out is our only option.
Becki Pastor October 31, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Anyone know when the school system will announce whether there is school or not tomorrow??
Sam Giglio October 31, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Just want to say that the EH Public Work Crews are doing a stand up job for the Town. The Tree removal guys have been great in my area of Robert Dr. Thank you again we have are power back on, from the UI crews.
Sam Giglio October 31, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Julie, after all is said and done with this Storm you need to do a story on the PW Guys, I think everyone would like to know who they are.
Gene Ruocco October 31, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Still no power on Cortina Road in Foxon.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Cynthia: I know this is coming a bit late, but I was down along the shoreline a little while ago and it was out down to Cole and Silver Sands.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Sam: Good idea. I actually got some nice video of a PW crew removing tree limbs and debris near the shoreline. I'll be posting it tomorrow morning. But you're right, it would be nice to do a feature piece. I'll put that on the list.
Adrienne Esposito October 31, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Yep no power on silver sands road, batt lane and Thompson street
Julie Weisberg (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Comcast cable and internet has come back on here along Mill Street. And we never did lose power. Hopefully, everyone else will get their utilities back up online soon.
Tracy Baldini October 31, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Cell phone service is non-existant down on the shoreline. Any chance of a portable cell tower truck like we had right after Irene???
Ginger DeMatteo November 01, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Still no power on Borrmann Road, although they were here all last night until 3:30 this morning removing the very large tree that was blocking the road and resting on the power lines. Hopefully soon...
bob quartiano November 01, 2012 at 01:01 AM
yea power would be nice but to run what every thing is gone ..furnace appliances foundation ready to fall in moved hot water heater up stairs after last years storm gas ...the tv would be nice to here why the power isnt on yet but will know that in the am hope every body ok been a bad three days for all.....good luck everyone... bob and donna quartiano
Sally Hopkins November 01, 2012 at 01:29 AM
We are out on elm right in the center but one ski cks up on main it's bright as day....don't get the pecking order?
Sally Hopkins November 01, 2012 at 01:31 AM
*one block up*
Marissa November 01, 2012 at 01:40 AM
I live right on the Corner of elm and main and have not even seen a UI vehicle anywhere down here. I did however see them more than happily trying to restore power to carmax....
Karen Paul November 01, 2012 at 09:36 AM
The mayor, fire and police department have done an outstanding job; the amount of sightseers is significantly lower than Irene...it also helps to have power. Thank you everyone for a job well done..
Flowers November 01, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Anyone see the Register article about Mayor Joe making a daring 2AM flood water rescue of a man on Coe Ave from the bucket of a back hoe. Now there's a Mayor!
Don Charles November 01, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Pam,What difference does that make if the mayor has power or not. Wake up jerk and stop being so political and hateful when so many are hurting.
Brandi November 01, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Pam, why does it matter if the mayor has power? As a neighbor of his I can tell you he's not sitting home enjoying his power that yes he has actually our area never lost power. Our Mayor hasnt been home all week because he's been working non-stop for the residents. Let's not take something that has nothing to do with politics and make it political. He has no control over the electric companies who you should be complaining about/to given the high rates we all pay (mayor included) everyone has to remain positive and be grateful for what they do have there are many people who lost so much more then power be thankful your not one of them.
bob quartiano November 02, 2012 at 01:47 PM
thats what joe did as a fire fighter wouldnt expect anything less from him this is not about dems or repubs its about people east haven people always rise too the top...during trough times ..
linda November 03, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Power on Charnes Dr. area. THANK YOU U.I., PW, Comcast, and all the volunteers that helped get the power back after 5 days. We are so grateful.

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