East Haddam Post-Sandy Update

Crews are at work restoring the remaining homes and businesses without power, no school Friday, emergency services and postponements.


Update from Emergency Management Director Craig Mansfield and First Selectman Mark Walter

East Haddam is down to 32% remaining without power, as of Thursday night. We currently have eleven CL&P crews in town. These crews are working to clear roads and wires but the restoration process also continues. We are working closely with CL&P towards 100% restoration as quickly as possible. As we work through the restoration process, it is imperative that you treat all wires as if they are live even if they where believed to be un-energized prior. 

Residents should continue to report outages to CL&P daily at 800-286-2000. 

East Haddam Schools

East Haddam Schools are closed Friday. All schools will re-open on Monday and will follow a regular schedule. Although the Board of Education and town officials had hoped to get students back to school sooner, loss of power, road closures, downed trees and live wires made it unsafe to do so.  

Emergency Services

Showers, bottled water, MRE’s and non-drinking water remain available at the East Haddam High School on Friday from 6-8 a.m.  There will be no dinner or breakfast served going forward. 

The East Haddam Senior Center will be open Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for resident to go as a warming center and supplies will also be available. The Town offices will also be open for normal business hours for information. 

Most of the business in Moodus are open.  Additionally, Shagbark is open and has received recent deliveries of storm related supplies. Residents are asked to check on elderly neighbors and friends to ensure they have power or are not in need of assistance.  

Anyone looking for overnight sheltering should call the Info Line at 211 to locate an available shelter. 


Hadlyme Public Hall Harvest Dinner has been postponed to Saturday Nov. 10 thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

Project Safe Halloween has been rescheduled for Friday, November 2 and will take place at the Elementary School gym from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Rathbun Library Fridays at 5:30 presents John LaPlante - The World's Oldest Peace Corps. Volunteer presented by the Friends of Rathbun has been cancelled. Call the library for additional information.

Debra Lewis November 02, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Don't try to get MREs and water at the High School...EOC is no longer open either....
LJ Czaja November 02, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I think they closed down too early for the 32% of us STILL without power!
Ilene Coman November 02, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I'm with LJ Czaja, with 32% still out of power, the town needs to let the facilities stay open for those that need showers, meals, etc. It's bad enough that we don't have a place that works as a shelter for those with no power and cold homes. We're lucky to have a generator so as long as it works and we can get gas for it, we have the most important things covered. But if we didn't and especially if we were elderly and had no warm place to go to, a shelter close by would be necessary, as well as a place for our animals. I think that East Haddam can do better with their resources. They should open the high school as a shelter and as long as there are a good amount of residents without power, they should continue to offer water, meals, showers, etc. for those without power.
Life in East Haddam November 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
LJ and Ilene, you obviously don't get how this works. Let me explain. Now that they've taken enough pictures of Mark Walter for the next East Haddam Events magazine Emergency Management has been shut down because it has served its purpose. So what if Haddam, Colchester and East Hampton are under 2% out of power while East Haddam is at 32%? It's not about helping people, it's about political grandstanding. Did you know this? The deadline to submit articles for the fall 2011 East Haddam Events was Friday August 26, 2011 - two days before Irene hit. Yet somehow when that issue came out just before the election it had three pictures of and three articles about Mark Walter saving us all from that great natural disaster. Guess the deadline didn't apply to everyone. Sadly, the East Haddam Democrats are in such disarray they couldn't figure out how to inform the taxpayers. Want to know how competent East Haddam Emergency Management is? A fire broke out in power lines near Brooke Hill and they closed Town Street. Set up a detour via Bogel Road and Daniels Road. Only thing is, there was a tree across the detour along with live power lines being guarded by CL&P personnel. Zero interface with the power company and nobody even thought to check the detour route before they started sending people down there at the height of the morning commute. But I bet there'll be great pictures!
Shawn Daigle November 02, 2012 at 09:18 PM
As a follow up to the comment about the closing of Town Street in the area of Brooke Hill, and the competency of Emergency Management (which as far as I'm concerned includes all first responders, and Public Works in this case). Throughout the day Wednesday the fire department responded to an issue by the Old Hale N' Hearty for wires arching and a "pole fire" at least 5 times. CL&P was aware. The first 4 times, the call was cleared and "unfounded". It wasn't until later that same night around 8:30, that the top of the telephone pole including the cross-arm that supports all 3 primary wires caught on fire. Being that the lines were live with upwards of 11,000 volts running through each primary wire, it was/is our duty as first responders to act in whatever way necessary to keep the public safe. In this case, lets weigh the options since supposedly we are incompetent. Keep the roadway open while 30,000 volts of electricity is held up by a burning cross arm, knowing that the fire would continue to burn and that the pole could fail? Or send vehicles on a detour that would add 1 or 2 minutes to a trip? Its much easier to explain a detour vs. why we left the road open and a car is entangled in 30,000 volts. For the record, according to the detour signs that I saw set up by the State, the detour sent vehicles down Maple Avenue and lower Boardman Rd. Both roads were driven and deemed safe. Perhaps you were referring to the upper end of Boardman?
Life in East Haddam November 02, 2012 at 10:37 PM
You obviously got there after they closed the detour on Daniels/Bogel. Better late than never, though. No one suggests that Town Street should have been left open. But someone should explain why with wires and trees down all over town no one checked a detour route before marking it and why, two days after the storm, Emergency Management had no clue that there were live wires down there and that CL&P had responded.


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