Members of the Stonington Highway Department and town emergency personnel continued to work a-round-the clock on Sunday to clear roads of debris, downed wires and snow. Joining them were 300 Connecticut Light & Power crews working to restore power to southeastern Connecticut residents and business owners.
Power restoration was slow going at times. At the height of the blizzard, that dropped 21-inches of snow in the area, 70 percent of Stonington CL&P customers without power. By Sunday morning 49 percent or 3,920 Stonington CL&P customers were still without power. As of 5 p.m., on Sunday 2,884 customers or 36 percent were without power but by 9 p.m. only 216 customers remained without power. CL&P hoped to have the majority of power restoration in town completed by midnight on Sunday.
“They are still on schedule for a comprehensive restoration by midnight tonight,” First Selectman Edward Haberek said on Facebook.
Haberek seemed pleased with the number of crews in town. Saying he knew he’d been hard on CL&P in the past, Haberek applauded their decision to use the highway department as a staging area saying that by being in Stonington CL&P was really seeing everything the town was seeing.
Still, many residents took to Facebook to express frustration with what they felt was a slow response.
“CL&P told me despite what it looks, they’re actually working,” Eric Tootel wrote on the Stonington-Mystic Patch Facebook page.
The Red Cross Shelter remained open at Stonington High School, although officials expected fewer people than on Saturday night. Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman visited the shelter on Sunday afternoon.
On Sunday evening, the biggest concern from town officials was possible flooding and ice from freezing expected early Monday morning. Officials were asking residents for their assistance in clearing out catch basins.
Stonington Public Schools and Town Hall will be closed Monday.