Power outage affects much of Stratford, Bridgeport on Saturday

Nearly 24,000 United Illuminating customers in Stratford and Bridgeport lost power late Saturday night.

Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for United Illuminating, said Sunday that the outage is related to issues at two substations. The outage occurred at about 9:45 p.m., Oritz said.

Roughly 14,000 customers had their power restored within 15 minutes, he said, and all other customers had power back by 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

Ortiz said the cause of the outages is under investigation.

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  • Bill

    Lucky the Star is right on top of it.

  • Trevor

    I bet UI will never give us the reason. We had those 3 one hour power failures in the area of Town Hall when UI was working in the area, they never admitted to any wrong doings yet they were working there for 6 months. Now I suppose they want another rate hike.

    • SCR

      “Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for United Illuminating, said Sunday that the outage is related to issues at two substations.”

      • Trevor

        OK and what were the issues with the TWO substations? Was it weather related? Did a squirrel get into it? Was it sabotage? What were the causes for the multiple failures and what assurance do we have the these problems were corrected? Will Kevin Ortiz ever tell us that?

        • Danny Cook

          Many great comments from Trevor. Let Ortiz tell us all why all the substations for Bridgeport and Stratford are not proper being inspected and care for on a regular basis so this lost of power will not happen for many years to come.

      • Danny Cook

        He have to give the mayors of Stratford and Bridgeport and the rest of us more information.

  • Phil

    This is why the Stratford monorail needs to be solar powered with solar cell battery back up.

    • Danny Cook

      This is why about two years ago, at a council meeting I recommended to the mayor and council members to install solar panels since at that time, the town hall seem to lose power many times which shut down our town government and also to save our town money on their electric bill for the hall. I agree with Phil that we need a monorail with solar panels for all us to enjoy. Federal funds are needed for monorail since our town and state cannot have these funds.

      • CT Sam

        You Bully, Liar, Thug and your insults. I was the one that suggested solar panels two years ago at the Town Council meeting, not you.

        • Danny Cook

          No need to response to your Harassment, Insults, Lies. You are a Fake CT Sam refusing to use your real name.

    • Trevor

      PHIL…I mean Mr. Danny Cook…..I have heard nothing about a monorail, it’s something that you dreamed up and it has Danny Cook written all over it with the “solar panels”. IF Stratford had a monorail, WHAT would that have to do with last nights power failures??? NOTHING!!!

      • Danny Cook

        That is because you have your head in the sand. I am not Phil who is a good man. I agree with Phil. After I agree with you, you harass and insult me. As stated before, if our town hall have solar panels and yesterday and today was business, the town hall would be open for business. I never heard about the monorail which needs federal funds, but was mention many times on this website. What does your insults have to do with power failures??? NOTHING!!!

      • Danny Cook

        And your real name is?

      • Danny Cook

        If we all had solar energy, we would not have lost our power for up to ten hours and would not lose our heat and would not have to thrown out food that went bad.

      • Danny Cook

        Now, your real name is???

  • Danny Cook

    I was watching a movie on Netflix and lost electric and heat about ten PM. I have life alert and I had the operator call the police station since my two phones did not times. I needed to know when they were going to open an emergency shelter many times because I know thousands of us without electric and heat including the 800 seniors living at SHA apartments. The operator info the police that 800 seniors were very cold without heat and electric. I do not know who made the decision not to open an emergency shelter for all of us include seniors and new born babies. I am outrages and so all of you should be. I did not get heat and electric until 6:20 AM which is outrages. Let the mayor explain to all of us why there was no emergency shelter. I was info that many people in Bridgeport and Stratford still does not have electric. The police believed that we were get our power within two hours which was wrong.

    • Melinda Salermo

      What is the point of having a Public Safety Director if he is no where to be found when residents need help. I heard he lives on the beach in Milford and they had power and Netflix. I hope you are doing well now Danny.

      • Danny

        You made many great points which we agree with. Some people were lucky and got their electric and heat back on in 15 minutes. Thousands other including the SHA 1000 seniors lost our electric and heat for over ten hours during the night. Also most of us had to toss out a lot of food which we tenants were ill afford to lost. I had called the police many times to install a emergency shelter and was info that none would be open which is outrages. I do not know if the decision was up to the mayor or the Public Safety Director who does not live in our town which is outrages. A shelter should had been opened so all without heat and electric have a safe warm place to sleep and hot food to eat. All town employee should live in our town. Thanks again for your great interesting comments.

      • Danny

        I and Tippy are doing well, thanks for asking.

    • unconcerned

      Puetro Rico hasn’t had power for months I don’t think you were so bad off for a few hours. Maybe if you didn’t break your window your place could have stayed warmer.

      • Danny Cook

        You have the perfect name for somebody too shame to use your real name. Tenants windows are make out of glass and not Plexiglass. The issues that you are insulting me about is a forty filthy nasty looking Plexiglass that should had been replaced many times that were on the bottom of the laundry room door. I am appealing the court rulings. Many thousands of people, some seniors and many families with children lost their heat and electric for over ten hours including all seniors and handicaps of SHA, Most of us lost a lot of food. Your insults and harassment are not welcome here. Next time, be brave and use your real name which cause you not to insult us.

        • Kenny

          Dan what is it costing the Housing Authority to take you to court over a $80 window? I see that it has been going on for over 2 years in court and you are self representing. Can you find out the cost of the billable hours the Housing Attorney is charging off to this case?nAre you still trying to get a seat on the Housing board?nI see from their most recent minutes they spending a lot of money for which they say ” absolutely no guarantee of receiving any funding.” It’s around $200,000nnHere’s part of the minutes:nnLiz Sulik explained that a NOFA was released by CHFA and DOH as part of an initiative that began under the Malloy administration. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the NOFA and for the commissioners to decide if they would like to move forward in applying for this very competitive round of funding. Liz stated that John Du2019Amelia has expressed his commitment to us if we decide to move forward. She also had a conversation with our asset manager at CHFA, who has advised that we apply. n nAntinozzi Associates, the architect/engineer, initially indicated that their cost would be approximately $160,000. After meeting with their principal yesterday on another matter, he assured Liz that we can expect a 20% savings on the initial quote; bringing their cost to $130,000. Additionally, Liz received a proposal from Tighe & Bond for a Hazardous Building Material Assessment and Phase I Environ- mental Site Assessment with an estimated cost of $18,000. She distributed a copy of the proposal to the board. Also, John Du2019Ameliau2019s fee for the groundwork is estimated to be approximately $20,000 – $25,000. Liz emphasized that, potentially, the Authority could be expending between $170,000 and $200,000 with absolutely no guarantee of receiving any funding. n nLiz explained that this application round is estimated to have between 35 and 40 housing authorities competing for $20 million, with the capability to fund approximately 10 to 12. We had to secure our slot for a preapplication meeting by February 1, 2018, and we have done that. The application is due by April 27, 2018, but we need the environmental review and architectural plans in place before we can apply; hence the projected upfront costs. n nAfter much discussion, Commissioner Crudo made a motion that the Authority move forward in applying for the grant. Commissioner Crudo then withdrew his motion. Commissioner Devitt moved that the Authority apply for the grant, with Commissioner Crudo seconding the motion. n nRealizing that they still had many unanswered questions, a motion was made to table this item until Liz attends the preapplication meeting at CHFA on February 15, 2018.

        • Kenny

          Dan what is it costing the Housing Authority to take you to court over a $80 window? I see that it has been going on for over 2 years in court and you are self representing. Can you find out the cost of the billable hours the Housing Attorney is charging off to this case?nAre you still trying to get a seat on the Housing board?nI see from their most recent minutes they are considering spending a lot of money for which they say ” absolutely no guarantee of receiving any funding.” It’s around $200,000 to take a chance at a grant and The housing Attorney has been after you for 2 years over a windownWhere is the $200,000 going to come from?

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