Some residents reported that they had not seen any National Guard troops in town, but Glassman refuted that.
“That’s not true. I hugged them,’’ Glassman said of her reaction to seeing the troops in town.
The Guard worked extensively on Lincoln Lane and Old Meadow Plain in the southern end of Simsbury.
Col. John Whitford, a spokesman for the Guard, said that 168 Guardsmen had been working in Simsbury, as well as in hard-hit areas of Avon and West Hart-ford.
Besides helping with moving trees and branches, the Guard has delivered more than 500,000 bottles of water and 330,000 ready-made meals to 81 towns throughout the state. Those supplies were made available by the federal government and were sent to towns that had requested help.
Even though most of Simsbury was still without power by midday Friday, electricity had been restored to a portion of the central business district along Route 10 — allowing the opening of town hall, the town library, the Metro Bis restaurant and the Starbucks across the street from town hall.
In West Hartford, Watson Collins, CL&P’s liaison for the town, initially refused to give town officials a copy of his daily assessment sheet, Mayor Scott Slifka said.
Collins told them that it contained confidential information, and the town manager had to press him multiple times for a copy, said Slifka.
Slifka said that officials eventually got copies, but the information about the town’s expected restoration time had purposely been blacked out.
Slifka said he could read through some of the words that were blacked out, and he said the part he read indicated that CL&P’s plans could change.