In Meriden on Friday, two men were hospitalized with possible carbon-monoxide poisoning after they were found on the floor of La Fontana restaurant, 464 Colony St.

They were apparently sleeping in the restaurant, according to Fire Chief James Trainor. Firefighters found them around 9 a.m. on mattresses.

Trainor said the men had been using a generator inside the restaurant with the door closed because the restaurant did not have power. Firefighters also found a propane heater inside the building, and officials were working to determine which led to the unusually high levels of carbon monoxide.

Courant Staff Writers Hillary Federico, Jesse Leavenworth, Amanda Falcone, Hilda Muñoz, Don Stacom and Julie Stagis contributed to this story.

 Nov 4


Despite promises from Connecticut Light and Power that 99 percent of the area will have power restored by the end of Sunday, anger flared Friday from town officials whose roads remain blocked by downed wires six days after the storm.

CL&P Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Butler said at a morning press conference that his own home in the Farmington Valley is one of the 309,000 without power.

The utility continues to assess its priorities and is "working with the towns as closely as possible" to restore power, Butler said, and that another 100,000 should have power restored by the end of the day.

But municipal officials are seething about the delays and apparent lack of communication, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has called for a federal investigation into the lack of progress.

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 said that CL&P's plans could change. "There are parts that are blacked out better than others," he said.

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 any more, Slifka said.

The supervisors told the officers they had to talk to Collins, he said.

Collins could not be reached for comment.

According to CL&P, 75 percent of the town, or more than 20,000 customers, are still without power in West Hartford.

Earlier Friday, the South Windsor fire department issued a terse press release, saying people "could die" if CL&P doesn't make wires safe.