Power restored at Bella Vista building in New Haven

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Power has been restored after an outage that impacted hundreds of residents at the Bella Vista complex in New Haven over the weekend.

Crews worked throughout Saturday night to install new wires and get the lights back on. It was restored by Sunday afternoon.

The outage knocked out power to the entire building, and is being blamed on an underground wire failure.

One person was trapped in an elevator on the 18th floor when the power went out. She is doing OK Monday morning.

“There were no lights in the hallway, no emergency lights in the apartment,” said Renee Haywood, of New Haven.

Renee Haywood, who serves Ward 11 on the New Haven Board of Alders, recounted to News 8 what happened after power was knocked-out to her building on Saturday.

“I felt a little confined because I was trapped on the 18th floor,” explained Haywood. “By the elevator going down, I couldn’t get off my floor.”

Haywood said she was trying to help as many of her fellow residents as possible over the phone, while they waited for power to come back.

“I’m so glad they came back,” said Haywood.

While power has been restored for them, other residents in the apartment complex still can’t return home. A circuit issue, which is unrelated to this most recent outage, caused an outage at another building a few weeks ago. More than 100 people remain displaced, staying in a hotel or with family and friends.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker visited the apartment complex on Sunday.

“These buildings are quite old, they were built in the 70s, so circuitry requires parts that are often hard to find,” said New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker. “They’ve been working to put that building back online.”

“It’s a vulnerable population,” Elicker said. “Lots of people in wheelchairs, people on oxygen, people on dialysis, and so electricity is a life-or-death situation.”

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