MAYOR DESTEFANO ISSUES UPDATE ON STORM CLEAN-UP AND POWER RESTORATION
(10/31/2012) MAYOR DESTEFANO ISSUES UPDATE ON STORM CLEAN-UP AND POWER RESTORATION
The New Haven Public Schools will be open Thursday. United Illuminating reports that 4,409 New Haven residents are without power out of a total of 134,662 customers. There may be as many as 2,000 additional residents in the dark but included in tallies for neighboring municipalities. United Illuminating is not expected to provide estimates for restoration until Thursday.
“While New Haven weathered the storm better than initially predicted, many residents are still without power and many streets remain blocked by down trees and wires. I want to thank residents for remaining patient as emergency crews work around the clock to repair the damage and restore power. I am in close communication with United Illuminating to assure that they are doing everything possible to restore power as quickly as possible,” said Mayor John DeStefano Jr. “I also want to acknowledge the City crews who have opened 90 streets, removed 60 street trees, provided numerous house pump-outs and patrolled City streets this week.”
As of Wednesday morning, the Emergency Operations Center had 17 blocked streets confirmed citywide. Traffic signals remain down at 29 intersections citywide. Major businesses, residences and agencies without power include Premiere Suites, 1 Long Wharf, the Long Wharf Food Terminal, Harty Press, Von Roll Composites, Mary Wade Home, the East Haven side of Tweed Airport, Ribicoff Cottages, Leeway, and a Water Pollution Control Authority pump station at City Point. Confirmed blocked streets include portions of West Elm Street, Greenwich Avenue, Ellsworth Avenue at Goffe Street, Mansion Street, Cart Road, McKinley Avenue, Whittier Road, Harrison Street, Button Street, Roydon Road, Hazel Street, 4th Street, West Rock Avenue, Winthrop Avenue, Roger Road and College Street at South Frontage.
Residents are urged to call the Emergency Operations Center at 203-946-8221 to report down trees and wires and other storm related concerns.
City Hall, libraries, and senior centers are all open today.
Refuse collection resumed this morning. Residents on the Tuesday route were served today. Starting Friday, resident can place branches and leaves at the curb for pick-up on their regularly scheduled refuse collection day. Branches must be less than four feet in length or they will not fit into the refuse truck. The City cannot pick up trees cut down by private contractors.
The Office of Economic Development and the Livable City Initiative are conducting storm damage assessments citywide. In the event federal or state damage assistance is made available, City staff will be available to provide technical assistance to qualifying residents and businesses with forms and applications. Interested businesses and residents can contact Chris Canna at (203) 946-2366 or email@example.com for assistance.
With many homes still without power and many streets still blocked by down trees and wires, the City is joining area towns in urging families to keep children inside tonight for Halloween. Families are being urged to celebrate next Wednesday, November 7 instead.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Director of Communications
203-946-7660, 203-675-8291 (cell)