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Re-opening Trumbull [Updated]

Are you going Trick or Treating in Trumbull tonight? Do you have power yet?

Sunday, Nov. 4, 12:25 p.m.

According to a recent Trumbull government announcement, as of noon today, the state of emergency and parking ban have been lifted for selected areas of town, which have not yet been identified. 

As of about 12:20 p.m., 14 percent of Trumbull is without power. "UI expects power to be restored to a significant number of homes by the end of the day today. As of today, all main primary roads in town are open and most secondary roads have been cleared," said First Selectman Tim Herbst.

"UI continues to re-energize power lines and test sections of the electrical grid in Town. DO NOT go near power lines, touch power lines, or perform any tree work around power lines as the lines could be energized and kill you. 

As UI continues to restore power, residents should call UI if the service wire connection to their home has been damaged or severed. Residents should contact a licensed electrician to inspect and make repairs to their electrical system if they believe a problem exists. 

The Town will commence a town wide pickup of storm related brush and debris. Brush should be cut into lengths of no more than 4 feet long and 6 inches wide and placed at curbside. There is no need to call to make an appointment for debris pickup. 

The Town Shelter is open at the Trumbull Senior Center (23 Priscilla Place). Please call 203-452-5199 for more information. The Town shelter and the Westfield Trumbull Mall are available as charging stations. 

All polling locations will be open on Election Day, Tues, Nov 6th from 6AM to 8PM. Please visit the Town website for more details or to find your polling location. 

Trumbull Public Schools will be open Mon, Nov 5th. 

Do not use any Town or State parks with heavily wooded areas due to weakened trees and overhead branches that may fall. 

Please check the town website, www.trumbull-ct.gov for further updates and information and also like our page at Facebook.com/townoftrumbull and follow us on Twitter @townoftrumbull."

Update, Friday, Nov. 2, 3:15 p.m.

As of 3:15 p.m., 60 percent of Trumbull is out of power. 

Schools Supt. Ralph Iassogna issued the following:

"At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, full power was restored at the Long Hill Administration Office.  It was only at this time, the Trumbull Public Schools was able to communicate directly with our educational community.

Accordingly, you should know that the schools, unlike the Town, were minimally impacted; however, as of today, TECEC, Booth Hill, Frenchtown, Middlebrook and Trumbull High School are the only schools that have electrical power.  As such, until I know the status of our other schools, no decision will be made on the reopening of schools until Sunday afternoon.  Related, also please note:

  • No decision has been made to when lost school days will be made up.
  • School Offices will reopen on Monday, November 5th.
  • Voting will continue as planned on Tuesday at Hillcrest, Madison, Middlebrook and St. Joseph’s High School.
  • Since the voter turnout is expected to be “heavy”, please remember NOT to park in areas at the polling entrances but utilize side or rear parking lots.
  • Our Professional Development activities will proceed as planned on Tuesday, November 6th at TECEC; Daniel’s Farm (K-2); Frenchtown (3-5); and Trumbull High School.

Meanwhile, First Selectman Tim Herbst has said:

"I realize that residents are frustrated and there is a perception that service is slow to respond to their needs. Be assured that Town, UI, and National Guard crews are working to ensure road ways are cleared and safe to allow power restoration to proceed as quickly and expediently as possible. 

Residents may feel the need to take on responsibilities that are beyond their capabilities to repair their homes and property. Please think about the tasks you need to accomplish, especially tree removal and working from elevated areas. A mistake or a fall could result in sustaining an injury that could cause injury or death! Do not take on a task better left to a professional. 

While residents may need to rely on a professional contractor, it is important for residents to be aware of scams that follow events such as this. 

People may knock on your door offering to clear away fallen tree branches, cut up downed trees, or repair damage to your home. 

The following is a list of helpful tips to guide you through your recovery process: 
- Do not give out personal information to anyone knocking on your door. 
- Never offer money up front for services. Wait until the job is completed or you may never see your money or the worker again. 
- Home improvement contractors must be registered with the State and offer a contract with a three day right of cancellation. Ask for copies of their insurance and registration paperwork. 
- Tree cutters do not need a license but you should only hire a reputable company, especially one that carries insurance on its workers. 
- Get at least three estimates on the work needed. 
- Alarms: Only deal with a clearly identified employee of your alarm company if you are experiencing problems. 
- Be mindful of charity scams."

 

Update, Thursday Nov. 1, 8:20 p.m.

As Election Day approaches, with 62 percent of Trumbull UI customers out of power, Trumbull Public Works Crews and UI crews have cleared debris from 36 more roads including major roads such as Madison Avenue and Route 111, Tim Herbst and town officials announced Thursday afternoon.

At the press conference in Police Headquarters, Schools Supt. Ralph Iassogna said schools just need electricity to open. The buildings sustained minimal damages from the storm, he added.

He would not say if school would re-open Monday. School officials will be assessing the situation Sunday. Schools have been closed all week.

On another pressing front, elections will proceed as normal because only the state can change the date of Election Day, Herbst said. The focus will be on first opening the town's four designated polling places, he said. 

Meanwhile, power has been restored to Town Hall, which will open Friday. They did not say when the Library would re-open.

Herbst, Iassogna, Police Chief Tom Kiely, Public Works Director John Marsilio, Chief of Staff Dan Nelson and Police Commissioner Albert Zamary are part of the Emergency Management Team that held the briefing Thursday.

"We made tremendous progress today," Herbst said. He also noted that Strobel Road and Huntington Turnpike have been opened and Moose Hill Road is next on the list. This is thanks, in part, to additional crew from the National Guard and UI, he said.

People continue to use the Senior Center as a shelter. Showers remain open at Hillcrest School Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., where ice to refrigerate medications is also being distributed.

The town is also offering to relocated residents of Stern Village, a complex for seniors and the disabled. So far many residents have been moved into Madison Middle School, which is being powered by generators, Iassogna said.

The town is not out of the woods yet, according to the team. Weakened trees and branches continue to fall on wires. Kiely warned residents to stay away from downed wires even if they appear dead.

Wires that have been de-energized are becoming re-energized by people using generators, according to the chief. He reminded those using generators to make sure they are appropriately installed and used outdoors.

There have been numerous reports of carbon monoxide poisoning but no serious injuries or fatalities. Police have been able to handle emergency calls, the chief added.

Other announcements are:

  • The Town will immediately commence a townwide pickup of storm related brush and debris. Brush should be cut into lengths of no more than 4 feet long and 4 feet in diameter and placed at curbside. There is no need to call to make an appointment for debris pickup. The town’s hazardous waste disposal at Indian Ledge Park will remain scheduled for this Sat from 9AM to 2 PM. Visit the town website for additional details. The state of emergency and parking ban will remain in effect until further notice.
  • Shower facilities will be open and available to residents at the following locations: LA Fitness, Tennis Club of Trumbull, and Hillcrest Middle School. For a full schedule, please visit the town website.
  • S.A.T. testing will be postponed until Sat, Nov 17th.
  • The Governor has extended the property tax deadline for Connecticut residents who pay property taxes on a quarterly basis from Oct 31, 2012 to Nov 15, 2012.   

Update, Thursday, Nov. 1, 9:55 a.m.

About 70 percent of Trumbull is powerless, or about 9,650 UI customers, while UI is projecting 95 percent restoration by midnight Monday, Nov. 5.

According to the latest emergency announcement, "shower facilities will be open and available to residents from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through Friday, November 2nd at Hillcrest Middle School located at 530 Daniels Farm Road.

The Health Director has warned residents not to eat at food establishments that do not have full power. They are open illegally. The food is not under proper refrigeration and is hazardous to your health even if cooked to a high temperature.

Town Hall will be open for voter registration and absentee ballots only from 9 AM to 8 PM, Thursday November 1st. Any resident who needs to pay their taxes should mail a check payable to the Trumbull Tax Collector at 5866 Main Street, Trumbull, CT 06611, postmarked by November 1, 2012. The State of Connecticut is considering an extension of the tax filing deadline.

Do not use any Town or State parks with heavily wooded areas due to weakened trees and overhead branches that may fall."

Hillcrest school will also have a limited supply of ice for residents with medical need only.

Update, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4:30 p.m.

At least 50 Trumbull roads are blocked by trees and police are enouraging trick or treaters to stay off the roads tonight.

Police said there have been numerous reports of carbon monoxide poisoning from improperly running generators, but no serious injuries have been reported.

Meanwhile, UI crews are still working on making roads safe. Restoration is the next step, police said.

About 78 percent of Trumbull customer are out of power, or about 10,895. That's down from 90 percent this morning.

Also, police reported about 20 people stopped by or are using the Senior Center for Shelter. It is also considered a charging station. Charging stations are also in the Trumbull Mall.

Update, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1:45 p.m.

Trumbull Public Schools will be closed for the rest of the week, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, school officials announced today.

Update, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6:45 p.m.

Trumbull Police Chief Tom Kiely has released the following:

"Due to the presence of live wires and trees that are continuing to fall, Halloween has been postponed until Sunday, November 4th. 

We believe that postponing Halloween until this date will allow our Emergency Management Team enough time to clear roads and eliminate any danger with downed power lines. 
In the meantime, the Westfield Trumbull Shopping Park will be sponsoring a Halloween Party for all Trumbull residents and their children between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 PM tomorrow, October 31st. We encourage all Trumbull families and their children to attend and Westfield will provide charging stations for cell phones."

The power outage in Trumbull remains steady at 11,500 customers.

Update, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 12:30 p.m.

Trumbull schools will be closed Wednesday, and an announcement about Halloween is expected later today.

Hillcrest School showers will be open Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Planet Fitness' showers are open to all. Identification is required to get into Madison school.

The Senior Center is open as a shelter and four people have used it so far this storm, but it should be a last resort, officials said.

Schools Supt. Ralph Iassogna said the state of electricity would determine whether schools open Thursday and Friday.

Many powerlines and trees are down and more are coming down by the hour, creating hazardous conditions, said police and town officials.

"Even though the storm appears to be over, we are far from being out of the woods yet," said First Selectman Tim Herbst.

Sixty percent of Trumbull's roads have some sort of obstruction, he added.

The danger is that three storms over the past two years have weakened large trees that could fall at any time.

"They are coming down as we speak," Herbst said. "Everybody needs to get off the road now. The situation is not safe."

The wind is still blowing 30-40 mph and with gusts of 60 mph, "things are going to remain perilous," Herbst said. The state had wind gusts in the top five.

A skeleton Public Works crew will be on hand at night and a full crew will be working days with UI crews to make the roads safe, said Public Works director John Marsilio. Workers are in "make safe" mode right now. Restoration comes later.

"They've done a magnificent job," Marsilio said of the Public Works crews. Herbst said he was also pleased with UI's performance. Changes to UI's response have been made since last year's Halloween snowstorm and Hurricane Irene. Herbst criticized the company after those storms for a disorganized and slow response.

Marsilio said about 4,000 of the roughly 11,500 Trumbull customers in the dark came from UI shutting down the Pequonnock River substation in Bridgeport.

Meanwhile, building officials are surveying 12 homes on which trees have fallen, officials said.

Officials also warned residents not to use gas-powered grills or generators indoors, even in garages. Carbon monoxide can kill very quickly.

Update, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7:30 a.m. 

UI reporting 11,500 of its customers out in Trumbull, or about 83 percent.

The National Weather Service is reporting a high of 62 degrees, breezy with a 22-mph wind today, gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of rain is 70 percent and 0.1 to 0.25 inches of rain possible.

Update, Monday, Oct. 29, 2:05 p.m.

As of about 2 p.m., Trumbull has 854 customers out of power, according to UI, which is about 6 percent of 13,841 customers in Trumbull. 

From the Trumbull Voter Registration Office: "Governor Malloy has just extended the voter registration period for this election - now Thursday, November 1. Trumbull Registrar's office will be open on Thursday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM to register voters. The office closed for rest of today and we do not yet know if it will be open tomorrow. Regards, Laurel Anderson Trumbull Democratic Registrar of Voters."

St. Vincent's Medical Center and Bridgeport Hospital remain open as well. The Trumbull Senior Center is the town's emergency shelter.

St. Vincent's is prepared, said Lucinda Ames, spokeswoman.0

"St. Vincent's has tested and confirmed that it has adequate generator power if needed due to any storm-related electricity outtages. The Medical Center has a built-in system of redundancies in place in the case of a power outage."

St. Vincent's College, St. Vincent's Special Needs Services and the Seton Academy at the Westport Campus are all closed for today and tomorrow. St. Vincent's is closing its outpatient services including its Infusion Center and Radiation Oncology Department located at the main hospital, the St. Vincent's Urgent Care Centers, Family Health Center and Hope Dispensary of Greater Bridgeport until further notification. Regarding elective surgeries,  patients should contact their physician's office.

We ask Bridgeport residents with assisted medical devices requiring electricity, who may anticipate losing power, to go to the American Red Cross shelters provided for this emergency.

For more information on area shelters, please contact the Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center Resident Line at 203-579-3829 or call Info Line at 211. For more information on St. Vincent's, please follow posts to Twitter (@stvincentsmc), visit www.stvincents.org or call 203-576-6000." 

Meanwhile, according to Senior Helpers, which serves seniors in several states, including Connecticut, an emergency plan has been set for its clients during the storm, including those in Trumbull.

Update, Sunday, Oct. 28, 7:15 p.m.

According to Paul Sabina, a Westfield spokesman: 

"Due to severe weather warnings, Westfield Trumbull and Westfield Connecticut Post will be closed tomorrow, 10/29.  Department stores may determine individual operating hours - it is recommended that area residents contact them individually for additional information.  We will continue to monitor conditions throughout the day and will provide additional updates as more information becomes available." 

Update Sunday, Oct. 28, 12:45 p.m.

First Selectman Tim Herbst has amended his warning and declared a state of emergency in Trumbull starting at 12 p.m. Sunday. Schools are closed Monday and Tuesday and an on-street parking ban is in effect.

Herbst also asked residents for patience regarding post-storm clean up.

Check back with Trumbull Patch and the Patch Facebook Page and the town'sWebsite for more information.

Original Story

Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst has declared a state of emergency starting Monday at 6 p.m. in anticipation of high winds and rain from Hurricane Sandy.

That means on-street parking will be banned and residents should remain indoors, Herbst said in a robocall Friday evening.

If you see a downed powerline, call 911, but call UI (1-800-CALL UI) if your power goes out.

"We ask for your patience and cooperation," Herbst said.

The fate of Halloween remains uncertain, although it has been raised as an issue yet. In 2011, Herbst encouraged people to avoid walking in the streets Halloween night because of the effects of a freak snowstorm. Tree limbs and powerlines were still down in some areas of town.

Check back with Trumbull Patch and the Patch Facebook Page and the town's Website for more information.

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How to Prepare

“Now is the time to check your emergency supplies, do safety checks around your home and review plans for evacuation if that needs to become an option,” said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman.

“We don’t know what Sandy may ultimately bring to us, but there could be flooding or wind damage that would disrupt power and potentially force people to leave their homes,” Shipman said. “We want people to be ready to spend a few days without power or to be able to leave their homes quickly, if ordered.”

Shipman listed the basic items that should be part of a family emergency kit:  

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day ( a minimum 3-day supply)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (a minimum 3-day supply)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and any special medical items needed by family members
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash – ATMs will not function in power outages
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area 

If the storm, which is forecast to bring high wind and heavy rains, knocks out power, Shipman offered tips for coping with the outage safely:

  • Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting; never use candles
  • Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer unnecessarily to preserve food
  • DO NOT run a generator inside a home or garage
  • If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. DO NOT connect a generator to a home’s electrical system – that’s a job for a professional electrician.
  • Keep tuned to local radio and television for updated information

Because the storm may bring both wind and rain, Shipman offered some additional suggestions:

  • Fill your vehicle’s fuel tank before the storm – gas stations may not have power after the storm
  • Bring in any lawn furniture or small items that could become wind-blown hazards to life and property
  • Stay off roads if advised by authorities to do so. If you must travel, do not drive through standing water, which could hide other hazards or strand your vehicle
  • If you encounter downed power lines, consider them live and report them to your local utility.

State Sen. Anthony Musto has also offered tips here

Anthony Musto November 01, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Brian: Also, depending on which internet provider they have they may not have internet even if they have power. I have charter and can't get a signal, and some folks at my office are in the same boat. Text me their address / phone number / name and I'll get someone to check on them. 203-913-6330 is my cell. Anthony Musto
brian kelly November 01, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Thanks soccer mom and anthony...!! appreciate it. Aaron Leo from this site emailed me back and suggested I call the trumbull police, that they will check on people. I did, and the town police checked on them, not a big deal. It was great of them. About 4 hours later the officer called to say they were fine and stocked up for plenty of days without power. I thought it would be fine, but might as well be careful...plus my sisters were wondering...so everything is good. Dad called from his gym today lol. So thank you very much, you two, that was very kind...and just FYI, Aaron emailed me right back, and I ws just emailing him to give him some trumbull information, i didn't expect him to email back. He really did somethinking for me...so if you ever need ant ideas, he is good to go to...
Aaron Leo November 02, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Glad to be of service and to hear your folks are ok.
SoccerMom November 02, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Madison in that area is clear now. Power is slowly creeping up - around Heritage right now.
Anthony Musto November 04, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Remember school starts tomorrow. Please check your walking routes to and from your bus stops and make sure they are safe - clear of lines and debris. Best idea is to go with kids tomorrow just to be sure. Daylight savings time helps as THS busses now pick up in full daylight. Same with "Halloween." If you are going out (I hope you are back or didn't go at this time) be careful, stick to the roads and driveways, no matter how much fun it is to run across yards to get the most candy possible. Anthony Musto

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