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The Town Hall generator has failed, and the central hub of the town is now without power.
It is unclear whether or not the generator can be repaired, but as off 10:30 a.m. today, the building was completely without power. Even though major sections of Route 10 have seen power restored, the Town Hall is apparently on a different transmission and has been running on a generator. The generator was working, albeit sporadically, yesterday. Meetings scheduled for Town Hall were canceled, as the generator was taken off line at 5 p.m. last night.
Director of Public Works Joseph Michelangelo said the generator is more than 20 years old. Apparently, there is talk of connecting a new generator to Town Hall in hopes of restoring power.
There is also no word as to whether school will reopen tomorrow, but officials have said that the emergency shelter, now located at Cheshire High School, would remain open until it is no longer needed.
As of approximately 11 a.m., Connecticut Light and Power was reporting that 5,362 Cheshire residents, or 47 percent of CL&P customers, were still without power. On the company's website, estimated times for 100 restoration have been listed by town. Cheshire's estimated time to have power completely restored is Sunday, Nov. 6, by 11:59 p.m.
Check back with The Cheshire Herald for more information, as it becomes available.