Southington crews working hard to get power back on

Published on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 15:44
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

SOUTHINGTON – Southington Town Manager Mark Sciota said that local crews have been working hard since Tuesday’s storm, and will be working with Eversource Crews to clear downed wires and road obstructions tonight.

“Our crews with the highways and parks department have been going out there on and off since 3:30 p.m. yesterday,” said Sciota. “We kept them home during the worst of the storm, but then they came back out to work. We’ll have two crews working with Eversource tonight. There are still some trees in the road with live power lines that we can’t work on until Eversource gets to them. We are working closely with Eversource. I know Eversource are working their tails off and we know that we’re not the only town that they are responsible for.”

Sciota said that 9,500 customers were without power after the storm Tuesday and that a “substantial amount” remain without power.

“We lost power in some very important areas,” he said. “We lost power at the police station and we lost access to email and phones at the highways and parks department. Town hall ended up ok. Fortunately, the police station, fire station and town hall all have backup generators and we were able to get everything back up and running at 3:30 a.m. this morning.”

Additionally, Sciota said that several trees were downed in local roads. While none are completely blocked, Sciota said that some roads have only a single lane open to get around the obstructions.

Affected roads, as of the report Sciota received at 10 a.m. Wednesday, include Hunters Lane, Queen Street, Pilgrim Lane, Pine Grove Road, Berlin Street, Heritage Drive, Andrews Street, Cedar Road, Red Oak Drive, Hitchcock Road, Prospect Street, DeFashion Street, Old Mountain Road, Dunham Street and Kensington Road.

“This storm was pretty serious,” said Sciota. “But, overall, Southington did very well and we’re responding as planned. Hopefully, with the warm weather, we’ll be able to get up and running soon.”

As a precaution, Sciota said that he has opened up the Calendar House senior center, located at 388 Pleasant St., as a cooling center.

“We want people who are without power to be able to go there to cool down and charge their phones,” he said.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 15:44. Updated: Wednesday, 5 August 2020 15:47.