Municipal officials are working with public works and other departments to keep the cleanup and restoration efforts going following the tropical storm earlier this week.
Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson Jr. said at one point there were about 4,000 residents without power right after the Tuesday storm. As of Friday morning there were about 230 residents still out, he said.
“It was a hard hitting storm,” Dickinson said Friday. “...The amount of damage was beyond what was anticipated.”
Dickinson said public works and town electric division crews have been working diligently to get the town cleaned up and power restored.
He said the town will begin a debris pickup on Monday. Any resident who wants storm related debris picked up should leave it curbside, Dickinson said.
He noted it needs to be storm related debris and must be able to be picked up by hand.
Southington Town Manager Mark Sciota said following the storm up to 10,000 utility customers were without power. As of Thursday about 35 streets and roads throughout town were still affected by downed trees and wires, he said in a statement.
“We are coordinating with Eversource, through our Town Liaison, to restore power as quickly as possible,” the statement said. “Eversource, although initially underestimating the damage to Connecticut, has attempted to bring additional crews and just as important added equipment i.e. telephone poles, wires etc.”
Sciota added the town informed Eversource that the Highway/Parks Department and Police Department are assisting “to expedite return of power.”
“Please be assured that your Town staff is doing all we can to restore our Town as quickly and safely as possible,” he said.
Eversource estimates it will make significant progress by the end of the weekend and have the restoration “substantially complete” by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m., spokesperson Mitch Gross said in a statement.
Many customers are expected to be restored before that time, Gross said. Substantially complete means that fewer than 1 percent of customers are without power.