Sunday, September 11, 2011

It's Hard To Believe Its Been Ten Years.

The City of Danbury's 9-11 Monument.
It's hard to believe that its been ten years since the attacks of 9-11.

We have all grown a bit older, a little wiser, but I believe that we all still feel that there is some kind of unfinished business here.

As much as we like to say that we have all moved on, that we have let it go, some how I can't, and I know that some how you can't either. Maybe its our proximity to New York City and to Washington DC, maybe its because that you may have known someone who perished that day. Whatever the reason, whenever we see movies, documentaries, images of the day, a photograph, we are moved in a very profound way.

So today, we pause and reflect on that terrible day. Our minds travel back to a different time, the economy was roaring, American exceptionalism was unchallenged throughout the world, and we were content with the lives that we built.

Then, a flash of light, an explosion, and our world was turned upside down.

We remember the heroes of the day, the little acts of courage and compassion that Americans are so good at. We remember the first responders and their incredible sense of duty and their bravery in their response to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and we know that they gave all, and then just a little bit more.

The sense of community that our country experienced after the attacks was inspiring.

Then we look at today. Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, you have to recognize that we have work to do in America. 9-11 should serve to focus us and we should use this event to rededicate ourselves to what is right in this great land of ours, and fixing what is wrong.

America is, and will always be a great place. The place where dreams can still come true. The place where random acts of kindness still happen. Let's not forget that.

Maybe we will always feel this way. I don't necessarily think that's such a bad thing.  It  gives us a mission, a purpose if you will, to address the challenges of the new world.

So today, take a moment to remember and reflect on the lives lost on 9-11, the public servants who gave everything that day and the victims at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in the planes.

Then take a moment to reflect on how special this place called the United States of America is.

God bless you, and may God bless our America.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Working All Weekend To Restore Power.

As of this blog post, there are about 1100 CL&P customers still without power in Danbury. We have 16 crews from all over the country working in Danbury today. I would expect the restoration number to be down to the hundreds by the end of the day.

Trouble spots continue to be Terre Haute, Pleasant Acres off of Acre Drive, and individual homeowners that have lost power for a variety of different reasons.

We still have ice, water, and meals available at the Miry Brook Firehouse Dept. until 8 pm today.

Almost done, hang in there.

Friday, September 2, 2011

List Of Streets Needing CL&P Work.

Update #2- Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh... Ok thanks- I feel better. Crews are hitting the city everywhere. There is a lot of work to do throughout Danbury. Right now the focus is on trying to get as many people as possible up with power by Saturday night. Significant outages remain through Danbury. Pick an area and I can show a neighborhood or a house that needs power.

We are offering free food, water, and ice at the Miry Brook Firehouse (51 Miry Brook Rd) until 8 pm. Feel free to stop by and take what you need.

Update #1- As you can see I have updated the list from yesterday. Crews have arrived from CL&P to work at the Middle River substation (seems that there is some kind of a problem) and the Juniper Ridge substation (another electrical issue) both of these substations service hundreds if not thousands of residents who have lost power, but do not have any trees down or damage to their infrastructure.

The following is a list of streets with power lines that have been impacted by downed trees. These streets cannot be cleaned until CL&P inspects and assists or does the actual clean up. This list is from noon, so I am hopeful that some of these streets have been addressed by CL&P. This is not a list of power outages!  You could have lost power and not have trees down on your street

  1.  194 Franklin Street.
  2. Balmforth St. near Union Circle.
  3. Ironwood Drive.
  4. 9 East Lake Place.
  5. 100 Saw Mill Rd.
  6. 116 Triangle Street near Wildman Street.
  7. 151 Brushy Hill Road.
  8. 214 Brushy Hill Road.
  9. Starrs Plain Road near Lake Waubeeka.
  10. Charcoal Ridge Road.
  11. Karen Rd.
  12. Long Ridge Rd.
  13. Padanaram Rd. near 7-11.
  14. Joes Hill Rd.
  15. Parkwood Terrace.
  16. Eden Dr,
  17. East Gate Rd.
  18. Chambers Rd.
  19. Westwood Dr.
  20. Old Lantern Rd.
  21. Farview Ave.
  22. Eugene Lane.
  23. Miry Brook Rd. by Wooster School
  24. Fairlawn Dr.
  25. Olive St.
  26. 206 Long Ridge Rd.
  27. Hayestown Heights.
  28. Great Plain Rd.
  29. Stadley Rough.
  30. 11 Crane St.
  31. 37 Ridge Rd.
  32. 124 Aunt Hack Rd.
  33. 19 Mendes Rd.
  34. Tammany Trail.
  35. 12 Skyline Dr.
  36. 15 Bittersweet Dr.
  37. 18 East Starrs Plain Rd.
  38. 13 Comstock St.
  39. Middle River Rd.
  40. Hillside and Madison Ave.
  41. Moss Ave.
  42. Lexington and Ridge Rd.
  43. Davis St.
  44. Sheridan St.
  45. Middle River and Rockwood.
  46. Marldon Dr. and Aspen Way.
  47. Indian Ave.
  48. 29 Forty Are Mtn. Rd.
  49. Deer Hill Ave.
  50. Ye Olde Rd.
  51. 1 Grenier Dr.
  52. Briar Ridge Rd.
  53. Pleasent Dr. off of Acre
  54. Bear Mountain Rd.
  55. 12 Connecticut Ave.
  56. Eagle Rd.
  57. 2 Beckett St.
  58. Pocono Lane.
Not all of these streets are closed, some are still passable and are open.