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Patch's Poll: Is CL&P At Fault For These Massive Outages?

As of Sunday night, more than 800,000 in Conn. still without power

CL&P said Sunday night more than 831,000 customers were still without power.

In a press releases, the company said "the unusually wet, heavy snow on trees still full with leaves – creating tree weights twice the normal levels – created historic damage to the electrical system, particularly in the northwest and north central portions of the state."

"Making good on a pledge following Tropical Storm Irene, within 12-14 hours after the end of the storm, CL&P has at least one crew assigned to the vast majority of affected towns, with a primary focus of coordinating with the town to address emergency situations and facilitate the reopening of roads by municipalities.  In addition, every town that has requested a town liaison has one now."

"At present, CL&P crews are working with municipalities to clear blocked roads and identify problems areas.  There are currently more than 300 crews working (189 line and 114 tree crews) and 600 additional crews are committed to join the effort.  The company continues to request additional assistance, but with neighboring utility crews committed to their own restoration efforts the search is being expanded to unaffected regions of the country."

"Damage from the storm was far more extensive than forecasted.  The Connecticut Department of Transportation estimates that tree damage is five times greater than Irene.  Peak outages were about 831,000 throughout the electrical system.  As of 8:45 p.m., service has been restored to more than 110,000 customers."

“We are encouraging customers to be prepared for the worst case, which would be outages lasting more than one week in some of the areas,” Butler said.  “As we get through our damage assessments, we will be able to provide more specific restoration information for our customers.  While we expect most affected customers will be restored in less time, we are encouraging patience as we work as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power.”

To report outages or check the status of an outage, visit cl-p.com or call 800-286-2000.  Our automated phone and online systems can rapidly process your report and help us speed restoration efforts.  For helpful tips and news updates, go to our website at cl-p.com, follow us on Twitter at CTLightandPower and like us at Facebook.com/CTLightandPower.  You can also get updates on outages in your town by texting “outage” and your zip code to 24612 (texting fees may apply).

Jim November 05, 2011 at 11:25 PM
Dont feel too good....This is all show...they need someone to blame...other than Mother Nature...It was a once in a century storm...suck it up and deal with it. Stop whining
Rick Newton November 05, 2011 at 11:46 PM
CL&P has to submit an annual tree trimming plan to the CT DEEP. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/rpt/2011-R-0330.htm How about changing some of the laws to make it easier for CL&P to trim trees? Also, why did it take the governor so long to call out the CT National Guard to help clear roads?
Lighthouse November 06, 2011 at 05:16 AM
Deficiency in American resiliency is apparent at many levels. This outage has been yet another example. You've spent a good deal of time telling citizens to stop whining over a situation that has caused death and billions in lost revenue. Perhaps instead of fighting whining with whining , you might better serve your fellow neighbors by offering suggestions to prevent a once in a century situation from occurring twice in the same year.
Phil Sengle November 06, 2011 at 12:07 PM
To G. L. - I didn't know I was whining - good to know. Most of Clinton was lucky this time, we never lost power. 6 1/2 days from Irene was enough but at least it was warm. I think if you are out of power at November's temperatures, youi would be whining too, and rightfully so. I agree with "Lighthouse" on this one. As I mentioned somewhere before I think the slide of CL&P and their service levels started with deregulation mandated by our legislature. And of course we never got the significant price reductions some politicians used to justify the deregulation. As a former employee of SNET and AT&T, I can tell you that after deregulaiton of that industry, service and maintenance started their decline.
Janet November 10, 2011 at 12:21 PM
People need to responsibly take care of their trees. It is going to be a windy day tomorrow, and if trees are hanging by a thread, they are in jeopardy. If you want your power, make sure your trees are not hanging over the wires. And if you see trees along your main roads that look unstable, all the town and CL&P to report. It is not practical to put all the towns wires under ground, and that comes with a whole new set of problems... when there is a problem, they can't see where it is.

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