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Posted on: August 11, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Community Update from Town Manager, Christopher Bromson

Community Update from Town Manager, Christopher Bromson:  

Eversource crews made substantial progress over the weekend to restore power to our residents. As of the morning of Tuesday, August 11th, the vast majority of homes and business in Town have had power restored, with 3 residents remaining without power. We continue to work on behalf of the few without power and push for full restoration as soon as possible. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated Department of Public Works staff.  They have worked tirelessly during Hurricane Isaias and the aftermath to clear our Town from debris and make our roads passable and safe.  DPW’s Highway Division assisted Eversource with tree and brush removal to aid in opening roads. By this past Saturday evening, our DPW, in conjunction with Eversource and Asplundh, cleared all roads in Enfield and made them passable so our residents could safely leave their houses. Building and Grounds Division cleared all debris from municipal buildings, schools and parks. The staff at the Water Pollution Control Facility ensured all pump stations and the Water Pollution Control Plant were operable and did not have any illicit discharges into the CT River. The Fleet Division made certain all equipment remained operational during the overtime shifts. Custodial Services made all roof inspections and helped clean up around all schools. Administration aided in receiving and resolving resident issues during and after the storm. Last but not least, the Refuse and Resource Management Division picked up 174 tons of yard waste/storm debris this past Friday. We truly appreciate the hard work performed by our crews and commend the dedication of our Public Work staff.  

This past week, the Transfer Station was opened for additional hours to collect debris from the Storm. DPW also provided a rear loader truck to allow residents to dispose of any spoiled food from the Storm. The Transfer Station is back to regular hours this week, which are Tuesday through Friday, 8 AM to 2:30 PM and Saturdays 8 AM to 3:30 PM. There will be no rear loader for spoiled food this week. In addition, yard waste pickup is scheduled for Friday. Please use your brown tipper barrels for debris.  

Enfield’s Police Department continues to remain unmatched in their dedication to our community. We want to publicly thank them for their service to our Town and our residents during this time. The Police Department responded to multiple reports of trees and wires down, and addressed the ensuing public safety and traffic impact, both during and after the storm.  In conjunction with the town’s emergency management department, hazardous conditions were prioritized and reported to the relevant service provider for action. The Police Department responded to over one hundred calls for service during Storm Isaias.  The types of calls included responding to many hazards, assisting the fire department, and alarm calls, just to name a few. The dedication, professionalism and commitment of our officers has been exemplary. The Police Department also activated the Auxiliary division in response to the Storm. Auxiliaries immediately responded to the call for help and were willing to come in and stay as long as they were needed, despite being unpaid employees.  We truly thank them for their service.  

Our EMS Department has provided exceptional services to our residents during Hurricane Isaias. EMS personnel prepared to handle all emergency situations that could have arisen due to the prolonged outage, such as heat related issues, falls, and respiratory related issues. EMS also coordinated with our Social Services division to ensure that Enfield’s “high-risk” population was addressed during this time.  

Lastly, we would like to thank our elected officials, especially our Mayor, Michael Ludwick, for his tireless efforts on behalf of the citizens of Enfield during this very devastating tropical storm.  We appreciate all the efforts our State Representatives, Representative Hall, Representative Arnone, and Senator Kissel, made in having power restored to our citizens. 

Most of all, we appreciate the patience of all our residents. A storm of this magnitude, during an unprecedented pandemic, caused much uncertainty and worry in our community. Please know we have done all we can to remedy this very stressful situation and our thoughts have been with you.  Our staff and I are available to assist you and will continue to provide services. Please continue to check our website for updates. For alerts from the Town of Enfield, please go to https://enfield-ct.gov/List.aspx to sign up for Notify Me and select Public Notices. 

 

 

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