"I have been lied to. This is unacceptable,'' Goodhall wrote in his email. "Enough is enough. They should not make false promises! I have been patient and co-operative to this point. I promised I would be, unless I was lied to. I have been.''
He ended the email with "HELP!''
On a tour of the region Friday, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal toured the cafeteria at Simsbury High School, which has been overrun by out-of-power residents who have been receiving free food and warm surroundings.
The Guard Moves In
The damage was so bad at the height of the storm last Saturday that Glassman, the first selectman, was unable to return to her home because the roads were blocked with trees. As a result, she slept at town hall on Saturday night.
Some residents reported that they had not seen any National Guard troops in town, but Glassman rejected that notion.
"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 Hartford.
"CL&P is giving us the streets and telling us where to go,'' Whitford said. "Our side is to clear the road and push it off to the side. They need to go first. We're under the assumption that the lines are still live. We're there until told otherwise.''
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 across the state. Those supplies were made available by the federal government and were sent to towns that had requested help.
By mid-day Friday, power had been restored to a portion of the central business district along Route 10 — allowing the opening of town hall, the town library, the popular Metro Bis restaurant, and the Starbucks that is 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 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.
Slifka said he believes the blacked out words, coupled with plans for a meeting CL&P is trying to arrange in town, indicates that many residents can expect to be in the dark for several days beyond CL&P's self-imposed power restoration deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, he said.
Also, CL&P field supervisors who had been speaking regularly with West Hartford police officers about the company's progress and the location of its workers told police Friday that they couldn't talk with them any longer, Slifka said.
The supervisors told the officers they had to talk to Collins, he said.
Collins could not be reached for comment.
Avon Town Manager Brandon Robertson said he was fed up.