Hurricane Sandy: Power Restored to Most East Haven Homes

The latest information on East Haven's ongoing recovery effort following this week's historic storm.

The following is an overview of the latest updates from the East Haven Mayor's Office.

After running as high as almost 80 percent Tuesday afternoon, the majority of East Haven residents were brought back online with electricity Friday by United illuminating restoration crews.

Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr was in contact with Joe Thomas, UI’s Vice President of Client Fulfillment, first thing Friday morning to discuss the escalation of UI restoration efforts in East Haven.

As of 5 a.m. on Saturday, the number of customers without power has significantly dropped to 3.91 percent, or 507 individual customers.

That number had been more than 30 percent earlier in the day on Friday.

Curfew Still In Effect

Mayor Maturo announced the curfew of the mandatory evacuation areas will remain in effect each evening from 7 p.m. until  7 a.m. until Monday morning.

The National Guard will remain in East Haven until 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Food Pantry Open

East Haven Food Pantry will be open for distribution on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Donations of non-perishable food and monies (checks only) are encouraged.

These donations can also be dropped off at East Haven Town Hall or the Hagaman Memorial Library during regular business hours

Other Important Information

  • The East Haven Emergency Shelter at East Haven High School will remain open for the weekend or until power is fully restored
  • The Town’s Emergency Operations Center will be open both Saturday and Sunday from approximately 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  • The Landfill will be open Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.., for East Haven residents. No permits will be needed. Landfill will be closed on Sunday
ASmith November 03, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Missy Ginger yall go down to that fire hq and find the mayor and give em your cell phone and have him call them there suits in the UI right then and there. he can get them to get your power back on by puttin the fear of god in em. he's gots to use the power of that there mayor's office and what it means....gots to light the fire under em.
ASmith November 03, 2012 at 12:16 PM
time for the mayor to start personal visitin all the streets without power and goin door to door to talk with folks and find out whats goin on...thats his job. gots to look out for the needs of the folks in town who is sufferin.
Anthony M November 03, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Asmith, you have to be one of the most ignorant person in town. First learn how to spell and write correctly. This is a public forum not you text messages. The Mayor has been riding through neighborhoods since the storm started. A the height of the storm he rescued a man from flood waters. So get you facts straight before you open your mouth.
Anthony M November 03, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Richard Poulton November 03, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I'm sorry some people think doing repairs such as required after a storm like this one is easy. Gee, the storm is over just throw a switch or something! And there are those who think this Mayor, or any municipal leader has the power to tell a utility company where to go and when to do something. Get real. The Riverside section lost power at around 5 PM Monday caused by a VERY large tree taking out complete system, poles, transformers, etc., on Vera Street. UI had an assessment team on Vera St Tuesday afternoon. On Friday they "isolated" Vera Street and by 4 PM the rest of Riverside was back on. They worked into Friday evening replacing poles and whatever was needed to get that area back up. Things don't happen over night folks. So in a nut shell, we were out for 3 days and about 23 hours. I think that is a reasonable time given looking at the BIG picture. To solve your problems during a serve storm where you know power will be lost and most likely out for days, go buy a generator large enough to take care of your load needs, such as and most important heat, lights, and hopefully one has gas to cook and make hot water. Granted its a large cost and most likely never to be used by satistying to know you can survive. By the way, its not just summer storms you should worry about, think about a severe ice storm knocking out power for a long time. Think about it. Take care of yourselves and don't complaint about something you don't have control over.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 03:41 PM
QUICK UPDATE: With most East Haven homes having their powered restored by late last night, the town's emergency shelter is now closed. I'll have a full updated report posted in just a bit. Just an FYI.
ASmith November 03, 2012 at 03:45 PM
we all knows the story and no one is faultin him for that but appears fire dept needs more personnel iffin he gots to do their job too. mayor never came to my neighborhood. never saw him once atall. been stuck home all day since the storm hit, thats the real job. he needs to get his assitants out on their feet and into the community checkin on folks. thats all i say. this here MIssy ginger gots a problem and it needs to be solved. dont want him to start actin like obamer for sure. he finally got on UIs butt on friday by goin on the radio and hollerin. sure wish he had done that on wednesday thats all and wish he came to my neighborhood to check on folk.
DonnaR November 03, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Right on Richard, Preparation is the Key. I had two trees come down on my house, I am still with out power, phone or internet and central heat. Am I complaining, NO, I prepared and while I am not as comfortable as I would like, I will survive quite well, and have learned there is even more I can do in the future. Self Reliance is the key.
Richard Poulton November 03, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Again, making comments without thinking. Sure lets have more firefighters. You are aware aren't you that EH is a small paid department and rely on volunteer FF. Volunteer FF that spend days and nights all week doing what they are trained to do. Oh, did I mention they are volunteers? If the FD was to increase it's size taxes must go up. Then You complain about your taxes going up. You complain that the Mayor is not out knocking on your door to check up on you. What do you want him to do go door to door to every home in EH. Get real. Even if he did that, starting Tuesday AM, he would be knocking on doors until the end of November. Sorry "Ginger" still has an issue, but I am sure there is a good reason. Like maybe the crew she saw was not the crew needed to fix the left over problem. I don't know and neither do you. But you feel you need to blame someone.
Sam Giglio November 03, 2012 at 05:58 PM
After this last week and what has happend here and around us, Makes you think of how the Folks in 1938 went through all that they did without much help. My Mom was pregnant with me durning that Storm. i hope everyone in Town gets through this ok,
Don Charles November 03, 2012 at 06:11 PM
This Asmith, not real name, is just an ignorant hater of Maturo and has been proving this since he first started posting on Patch. If I were the editor I would have banned him from posting the man or woman is a total waste and a total HATER. The hell with his freedom of speech.
Don Charles November 03, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Hey ASmith he could not come to your house since pig stys are not allowed to have power.
Nick Palladino November 03, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Hey Sam, My mom was pregnant with me durning the flood of 1955. Maybe that is why I like the water so much. Glad to hear that you are ok, see you soon. Nick
Sam Giglio November 03, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Nick glad you guys are fine. I was 17 in 55 and my Friends and i got jobs through the State cleaning up in the Valley. with local contractors. min wage, but you know what it was good to help out.
Richard Poulton November 04, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Something home owners should think about. Back in the 50's into the 60's homes were built with all electric appliances, baseboard heat, hot water, nice large cook tops and ovens. Elect cost was cheap back then. Now today, those homes are to say using the term "up the creek" so to speak. Even with a generator the most you will get is lights and refrig up and running. Think about it for a minute. I'm not pushing gas by any means, just that with gas cooking and heat (hot air) and hot water when power goes out these still work with no load on a generator. Biggest load will be the frig. Just something to think about when rebuilding. Also, with these types of systems, God forbid an ice storm in the middle of January, and with the average size generator, 5500 watt and up, the home will be warm and lit up, and you can still cook. So much for the all electric home.
Ginger DeMatteo November 04, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Mr. Poulton, I was more than "prepared". I have a generator large enough to run the fridge, as well as a light, but not the furnace. I do not in any way think it is as easy as flipping a switch. And I was patient to a point. But, when your entire street is restored at either end, but not just 8 homes in the middle, that is pure ridiculous. To leave our street, and not finish the job is unacceptable. The replacing of the transformers were at those ends. We have NO transformer issue, NO lines down, NO poles down. Your 3 days and 23 hours was reasonable..my 5 days and 6 hours and still counting is not...especially when the rest of the street has been restored. That is it "in a nutshell."
DonnaR November 04, 2012 at 01:50 AM
If anyone needs to get intouch with At&T for repair try this site. http://repair.att.com/repair/afterLogin.do Natural gas is the way to go. My gas stove saved me, cooking, hot water to wash, boiled on the stove, which also heated the house. And because my little house was built as an All Electric house it holds temp very well, 7Deg over night last nite, even with a few older windows still in place. Stay well everyone
ASmith November 04, 2012 at 12:33 PM
yup, if ya question one thing bout Mayor Jo(k)e, his huggers come on out and bash ya on the head. they wants to control the patch. don't want free speech atall. dont want no one to say anythin xcept laud him. that's not democracy. they don't want democracy they want maturocracy. so ginny dont ya dare question nothin, not even the UI cause they want all the folk to wear rose colored glasses and shut their mouths. small mindedness is a curse in politics.
Richard Poulton November 04, 2012 at 01:47 PM
No one is taking your freedom of speech away, no one is stopping you from your opinions. The problem is with what your post is no matter what the topic you turn the story into something negative about the Mayor. Just look what you posted in this story line. Fire Dept. not big enough and because of that poeple are not getting help. That's the mayors fault. You want him to go door to door through out every home in EH. Get real. April didn't even do that. No complaints from you then, why not? Everybody in the world knows you didn't vote for him and would not at any time, so get over the continual slamming. Stay on topic. Hopefully, someday operations such as the Patch will stop the use of fake names and we the readers will be able to see the true person posting. Lets see if these types of people bashing will continue. But I doubt it, the Patch is owned by Huffington Post, another left wing arm in politics. Freedom of speech is being taken way out of place by certain people. So I guess as long as you post the way you do people will jump all over you.
Flowers November 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I think everything is just great. The lights are on , the sun is out and we have the finest mayor ever. Can't get much better than this.
Richard Poulton November 04, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Sorry Ginger, not posted at you. I hit "reply" for the above ASmith comment and somehow it went in as a new post. I know you stance on things and you never demean anyone here on the Patch.
Ginger DeMatteo November 04, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I thank you for that, Mr. Poulton. I was really confused. Have a good day.
Giancarlo "Luigi" Jones November 04, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Nine meals from anarchy. Three meals a day, three days. Seems like we had alot of mouthy folks thinkin' they was prepared simply because they had themselves a genny. Three days into a power outage and they was a blamin' utility company "suits" for not bein' prepared. Boy, talk 'bout the pot callin the kettle black. Learn from your mistakes. Correct and overcome. And remember that utility and other emergency crews shouldn't be strained because of peoples stupidity. Selah.
Richard Poulton November 05, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Question maybe Julie can get answered. On 11/1,Thursday, UI leader said there will be 1170 boots on the ground (my words) by 11/2. Given the UI area of responsibility, and amount of town wide service disruption throught that area, was wondering how many of that 1170 men were assigned to EH. I understand these men have different jobs, such as pole crews, line men, etc.. Could that info be obtained? Given the past history of service disruption in EH from past storms, interested to see if manpower was increased in preparing for this little lady for EH. Interesting note was out for the same amount of time between the two storms. Much more pole & line damage along Short Beach Rd last year compared to what caused outage in this same area this time.
Luigi (the original) November 05, 2012 at 01:21 PM
You think anyone cares "what" you say about Maturo? You can mouth off all you like, and say whatever suits you. BUT, WHY can't you at least be REAL? WHY can't you post like a person with even the smallest amount of education? WHY....because you are a fraud, one persona of many, and all of ONE person trying to have readers believe there are many who think like YOU!....So stop being a FRAUD and the bashing would stop, regardless of your biased and asinine opinions. JERK.
Giancarlo "Luigi" Jones November 05, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Mr. Smith, you was a right 'bout them Maturo huggers comin' out da woodwork. Lordy how they don't a want nobody questionin' the emperor. They commence to callin' people all sorts of vile and dispicable names. Wonder what theyll be doing in November 2013 when a new mayor is elected.
Luigi (the original) November 05, 2012 at 02:16 PM
This is cute, now she's talking to herself........... funny if not pathetic!
Giancarlo "Luigi" Jones November 05, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Howdy neighbor. Is that any way to be a talkin' to your neighbor? Consider this my friend: Every time you open your mouth and start a name callin' on the folks of East Haven, you make Maturo look all the stupider. Now why don't you run along and git to work. Check on the elderly folks on your side of the street; see iffin they needs anything.
Luigi (the original) November 05, 2012 at 02:41 PM
That's funny, you pointing out WHO sounds "stupider"........ You're no neighbor of mine, you fraudulent fool.
Ginger DeMatteo November 06, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Just for the record, the problem with my power was just as simple as flipping a switch. After the power was restored to the rest of my street Friday, save a few of us, I called UI again on Sunday and finally got someone who knew there was a problem. They sent a lineman, who literally went up the pole for less than 10 mins, and our power was back. Seems they "forgot" to reset the circut at our pole. So, flip a switch it was. Guess persistance paid off in my case. Hope everyone now has power..if not, keep calling and calling UI until it gets done.


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