Danbury's seniors suffer as power outages linger

Some of Danbury's most vulnerable residents are still without power, a situation which the mayor says could have life-threatening consequences.

News 12 Staff

Aug 10, 2020, 9:13 PM

Updated 1,402 days ago

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Some of Danbury's most vulnerable residents are still without power, a situation which the mayor says could have life-threatening consequences.
The past week has been dire for folks living in Glen Apartments on Memorial Drive, a community for elderly residents living with disabilities. Many are on medication that needs to be refrigerated. Others rely on power for their electric wheelchairs, oxygen tanks and other medical equipment.
"It's hard, you know, because I have to be on a bypass machine," says resident Walter Mish.
Franklin Barnes, another resident, says it's been miserable.
The city brought in a cooling bus to help people get some relief with temperatures soaring and another possible heat wave.
By noon Monday, power was back for half of the apartments with about 50 people still waiting. But the damage was already done for many.
The city arranged for lunch and dinner to be provided and bags of ice dropped off. Even people from a nearby town, who heard about the situation, stopped by with food and water.
"These people are in subsidized housing, they don’t have a lot of money," said Mayor Mark Boughton. "They bought all their food on Aug. 3 because that’s when the food stamps came out. And now they’ve lost all of their food, so we’re going to try to get a mobile pantry over there for them. It’s just been hard."
"Hopefully Eversource can get their act together and get things going," he added.
Danbury overall has more than 6,000 outages, the most of any municipality in the state at this time.


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