Thursday status update: Stern Village tops priority list

Stern Village tops a list of priorities the town has provided to United Illuminating Co. as the company attempts to restore power to about 10,000 homes and businesses. The Hedgehog Circle complex has more than 100 residents and without power cannot provide meals or heat to the senior residents living there.

Dan Nelson, First Selectman Timothy Herbst's chief of staff, said Thursday that the town had provided 200 pre-made meals and 200 bottles of water to the complex.

Town Hall is open for voter registration and absentee balloting only. The building has limited generator power lighting the halls and lobby. All other offices are closed. Residents who planned to pay their property taxes this week have received an extension to Nov. 14 via Gov. Dannel Malloy's Executive Order 26, which extended the Oct. 31 deadline for those making quarterly payments.

Town libraries remain closed. Town parks are also closed due to the danger of additional trees and limbs coming down. The parking ban remains in effect until further notice.

Ice is available for residents who take medications that require refrigeration. Residents taking such medications can pick up ice at Hillcrest until 8 p.m.

Nelson said 36 roads remained at least partially blocked, but that Main Street and Madison Ave. are now open and free of obstructions. Two additional UI "make-safe" crews are working in town today along with a number of National Guard troops to clear debris from roads.

Hillcrest is open until 8 p.m. tonight for showers. It also is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. LA Fitness at Westfield mall and the Trumbull Tennis Club on Route 111 are also available for showers. Priscilla Place is available as a charging station as is Westfield mall and the AT&T store inside the mall.

There is no timetable yet for power restoration in town, though UI has said it expects to have 95% of customers back online by Monday. Residents are reminded not to run generators or gas grills indoors, including inside garages, basements and screened porches. Also, the company is re-energizing and testing the grid in town. Residents are reminded to stay away from downed power lines.

Health Director Patrice Sulik reminds residents not to eat at restaurants that do not have full power restored. They are operating illegally and could be exposing people to food-borne pathogens.