Growing frustration as thousands wake up without power again

KILLINGWORTH, Conn. (WTNH)– Growing frustration for more than 50,000 families waking up for a second day without power. No power means no heat, no internet and no running water for people who rely on wells.

Eversource is asking for patience-as crews do their work and that could take a while.

Killingworth is one of the communities that was hit hardest by this storm. At one point Thursday, 100% of people were without power but things are slowly getting better.

Eversource crews were in town today making necessary repairs, which is a work in progress. The damage from this week’s storm is still clearly visible. Wires and tress are still down across roads and driveways.

The Haddam Killingworth Middle School was opened early this morning for anyone who may need to certain services.

“We hope we can serve people in town, give them a chance to charge their cell phones and if they need a shower they can come down and take a shower,” said Don McDougall, emergency manager in Killingworth.

The school will be open until 6 p.m. on Friday for anyone who may need it and possibly into the weekend if power is not restored.

“There is an official restoration process. We start with emergency 911 calls and blocked roads, working with the communities on those two important things. Then we move onto restoration and start with the biggest outages and work our way down from there,” said Tricia Modifica, Eversource spokesperson.

Karen Lynn Wilson lives in nearby Clinton. She’s also been without power since a large tree fell in her yard. Today she finally went to a neighbor’s house because of her health.

“I can’t use my oxygen concentrator so I have to use these tanks that last me about 30 minutes,” said Wilson.

She says Eversource has been to her home, but there’s still no power. News 8 noticed that her electric service was ripped off her home during the storm. Basically the part of the meter that feeds into her house. According to Eversource, any damage to that is the responsibility of the homeowner to fix, which means an electrician needs to get involved.

Frustration is mounting for many people. Others are trying to take it all in stride.

“I just returned from a trip to Haiti. They have no electricity, they have no running water. So even without electricity we have much more than they have. We have nothing to complain about,” said Colleen Bell of Killingworth.



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