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Several Oxford Residents Lose Power

CL&P crews are out in Oxford attempting to make repairs; they need to be careful with wind gusts. Emergency crews in town are prepared.

 

Update at 2:21 p.m.

Oxford Resident Trooper Sgt. Dan Semosky said a large number of people in Oxford's south side are now without power.

He said he did not have the exact amount but that fallen tree limbs have caused major power outages along the south side, from roughly the area of Old State Road No. 67 to the Seymour town line. A tree limb fell along an electrical wire, which burned along Old State Road No. 67 around 2:20 p.m. Monday.

"Much of the lower south part of town is without power; we don't know the exact number of outages at this point, but this is the start of it," he said.

He reitterated that people should stay inside. "There are trees dropping and wires are coming down," he said. "It's dangerous out there. Stay off all roads and stay indoors."  

CL&P's website still listed the number of outages as 13 in Oxford. It is being updated regularly.

Original Article:

It seems the number 13 really is unlucky for some Oxford residents.

Connecticut Light & Power just announced that the first power outages in town have been reported and there are 13 power outages in town.

Oxford has 5,276 CL&P customers, so .25 percent of power customers in town are down as of 1:44 p.m. Statewide, 20,703 CL&P customers were out.

Oxford Fire Chief Scott Pelletier, the town's emergency management director, said the Oxford outages are at Old Litchfield Turnpike and Sheldon Drive; also, electric wires were recently pulled off a house near Swan Lake. He said CL&P crews are out trying to restore power, but that once winds reach 40 mph, crews cannot extend their bucket trucks (or cherry pickers) in the air.

"Right now, from what I can see, the highest wind gust we've seen has been 32 mph," he said at 1:35 p.m.

He expects power outages to be widespread throughout town.

"We're kind of in a waiting pattern right now," he said, adding that emergency crews are prepared. 

  • The emergency operations center at the Department of Public Works building is open and running
  • A CL&P tree crew is stationed at DPW with Oxford officials
  • All fire stations and the EMS headquarters are manned
  • The emergency shelter at Oxford High School is set up and ready to be opened when there are widespread power outages.

Pelletier does not expect flooding along the Housatonic to be a problem as it has been in previous storms.

"That's because we're not getting that much rain at this point," he said. "We hope that projection sticks."

Pelletier said he will keep us updated with information as it becomes available. We will update you once we hear from him and/or other Oxford officials.

Tanya Carver October 29, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Out of power.
gwiz62 October 29, 2012 at 07:12 PM
CL-P website now says 891 or 16% without power in Oxford.
kc October 29, 2012 at 07:17 PM
While we still have power, i wanted tot say thank you for the constant reporting. Oxford patch is the one i look to for information all the time, since we moved to Oxford less than a year ago, and discovered our town was too small to be on any storm map, and it was difficult to get news about it. Thank you again. you do a great job.
Kelly Donohue October 29, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I don't understand why Oxford gets hit so hard. The next closest in number and location is Seymour with 196. The other local towns have next to nothing. What makes us so much more prone to these massive and prolonged outages (I was out 7 days for Irene and 8 with the October snow)?
Shannon Wolf October 29, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Power is out on 188 side too.
Ali R October 29, 2012 at 08:58 PM
We lost power for 2 hours. We had switched our house over to generator power but then surprisingly the power came back. Must express satisfaction that The governor, mayors, selectmen throughout CT really forced CL&P to get their disaster management in gear. And also the Federal govt for providing funding for this. We may yet still lose power but I appreciate the effort.
Ali R October 29, 2012 at 08:59 PM
We live off of 67
Paul Singley October 29, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Thanks, KC
Paul Singley October 29, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Could it be that Oxford it such a wooded area? I mean, it's one of the smaller towns in the state, and yet it has one of the smallest populations. To me, that means there are probably more trees. But that's just a guess. It's definitely something worth looking into. At this point, though, I think everyone is getting hit pretty hard.
Paul Singley October 29, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Sweet. Glad you have power. CL&P's website is down so I don't know how many are without at this point.
Ed Rowland October 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Some areas of Town have much older electrical service compared to others.My service on Towner Lane comes from Christian St.Towner Lane would go out for 2 or 3 days in nice weather because the service is very old.Over 60 years old.Finally upgraded this past spring.So far so good.Good luck to everyone during this event.
woti October 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM
As of 5:50pm 1,322 in Oxford without power.
Dick Kaminski October 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Shannon Any idea where our problem is?
Kristi Novin October 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM
You can text 24612 with the message Outage 06478 and it will give you current outage information.
Shannon Wolf October 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Dick, No. Dave went out to Stop and Shop in Seymour and did not see anything that looked like it impacted us.
woti October 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM
1,900 (36%) as of 6:48pm
Kathy October 29, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Trees down and wires down all over the place. Oxford Fire Departments have been going non-stop to all the calls and communicating issues. We all owe a big thank you to our volunteer firefighters! Stay safe on and all.
Norman October 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM
We just had a truck-load of Coors Light guzzlers drive up on our front lawn in their white pickup truck and take out a fence! They were trying to get around a downed tree and spun out like crazy on the lawn! Their CT license tag is 1254-CO The police have been notified: parents, are these your kids? If so, the Oxford police will be contacting you shortly -- may take a couple days but they WILL be contacting you! I wonder what the fine is for destruction of personal property with a motor vehicle?
Norman October 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Oh yeah -- another thing: aren't the roads to be used by emergency vehicles only during a hurricane? I guess that will be another motor vehicle charge -- pretty serious one at that!
Paul Singley October 30, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Power outage update: http://oxford-ct.patch.com/articles/hurricane-sandy-2000-oxford-customers-without-power
Tanya Carver October 30, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Generator still going.... There's a tree down, several sections across Park Road and power lines are low at the intersection of Park Road and Lisa Drive. Glad to still be able to access Oxford Patch. Lost one of our own trees at around 2, very thankful that it landed away from the house.
Paul Singley October 30, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Glad you are OK, Tanya. Take care of yourself.
Dick Kaminski October 30, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Power is back on for the west end of Hogsback.
Will Wilkin October 30, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Our power was only out for a few hours. First comeback went back out, but then back on and staying on so far. I heard similar stories from Seymour, power out but then back on, some said several times. CL&P and their additional crews are doing a great job! Such a contrast to last year!
Rick Smith October 31, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Last October it took CL&P 5 days to restore power to the Northeast side of Oxford in the Towantic Hill area. At about 6:00 p.m. it will be two full days without power. There appears to be much less visible damage from Sandy so my expectations are high although I am disappointed that CL&P does not yet have any estimate when power will be restored. I realize the CL&P crews are working feverishly around the clock and wish them all the best. I bet that the lineman are more anxious than I to complete the power restoration. Being that 40+% of Oxford is out, according to the CL&P map as of 3:00p.m. today I will reserve judgement until the power is restored for all of Oxford.
Robert Williams October 31, 2012 at 07:40 PM
We are still with out power; area of 42 & Chestnut Tree Hill Road. They finally cleaned up the two massive trees on Pines Bridge. I did see crews out but it did not look lile they were working to restore power. I think they were just assesing.
Tanya Carver October 31, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Still without power 49 hours and counting. It wasn't so bad until yesterday morning when cable went out........ BOOHOO!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE
Robert Williams October 31, 2012 at 10:30 PM
We lost cable sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning. Went to Walmart today and bought rabbit ears. Works great, we get about 15 channels with it. Of course these are not the rabbit ears of my youth.
James Property LLC November 01, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Swan lake area had 1 led down do to tree branch,which gave us minimal power till CL& P came and shut it all off. Now nothing. Funny ( sarcasm ) all they had to do was throw the switch to shut off the line that was down ( from their own workers ) instead they shut it all off.

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