Communities recover from one storm, prepare for next

Published on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 17:05


With a Tropical Storm Elsa moving in at the end of this week, local residents got a taste Tuesday of what kind of power these storms can have.

“Public Works crews were out all night independently opening streets, as well as working with Eversource to detangle wires from trees,” Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said. “We had significant issues in many parts of the city and feel strongly that we had some type of tornado microburst action.”

According to Zoppo-Sassu, Buff Road, Cedar Street, Chippens Hill, Federal Hill and Mechanic Street were the last holdouts for power being restored.

“This morning we were down to 30 houses without power, with promises of restoration today,” Zoppo-Sassu said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Eversource is still reporting some outages for Bristol and surrounding towns. In Bristol there are 12 outages; Plymouth has seven; Southington has 17; Berlin and Newington have fewer than five; Plainville has fewer than three; and New Britain has none.

Zoppo-Sassu is urging residents to inspect their trees and make sure they are not leaning on power lines. If residents find trees are leaning on power lines, they must call the police non-emergency number.

“Wires on the ground should likewise be avoided and could be live,” Zoppo-Sassu said.

With this storm behind us, WFSB Meteorologist Mark Dixon is already saying Elsa could bring heavy rains, wind and flooding.

“The storm can move near, if not over southern New England, including us here in Connecticut,” Dixon said.

Eversource is already preparing for Tropical Storm Elsa.

“We are watching the weather forecasts, holding planning meetings and preparing accordingly – positioning equipment and crews so we’re ready to respond and quickly restore power for our customers,” Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom said. “Our people are ready and will work around the clock, if needed, to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.”

Eversource also stated the company has secured out-of-state line crews in preparation for Elsa. They also have local tree and line crews ready to go as well.

“Support staff will be positioned across Connecticut to address any damage or power outages caused by these potential storms,” Eversource said in a statement. “Customer care representatives are at the ready to take calls as needed, and the energy company will continue closely monitoring the forecast and adjust resources as needed.”

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington Herald, Terryville on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 17:05. Updated: Wednesday, 7 July 2021 17:07.