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CL&P Exec: Restoration Efforts Have Been 'Very Strong' [Updated]

Clinton had 13 percent of CL&P customers without power as of Saturday afternoon

At a news conference Saturday, Bill Quinlan, vice president of emergency management for CL&P, said the pace of restoring power after superstorm Sandy has been "very strong."

Speaking at a staging area for restoration crews and equipment in Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Quinlan said his company's quick response was due to having many resources in place before the storm struck.

Clinton had 13 percent of CL&P customers without power as of Saturday afternoon.

Quinlan said his company's initial priority was to deal with public health and safety issues, including restoring power to hospitals. Beyond that, he said, the goal was to restore power to its customers "as quickly as we can.

The company intends to have power restored to all polling stations by Sunday so there is no impact on Tuesday's elections, he said.

Quinlan said CL&P's parent company, Northeast Utilities, has brought in crews from its Massachusetts company, so, "There's been a significant infusion of management, talent and resources, which is going to help us drive this restoration forward."

He said there a currently more than 3,000 line workers in the field and more 1,500 tree workers.

"We're going to continue to add resources necessary to conclude this just as quickly as possible for our customers," Quinlan said. He said CL&P forcecasts that restoration of power will be "substantially complete" by Monday or Tuesday.

Quinlan said a rumor that restoration crews are leaving Connecticut to work in New York and New Jersey are untrue. He said the public may see crews passing through Connecticut to work in those states, but none of the crews designated to work here will be leaving until restoration is complete.

Mark Chumpy Chiaramonte November 04, 2012 at 02:06 PM
It's 9:07 a.m. on Sunday morning and still no power! Can someone explain this when we were told we'd be up yesterday (Sat.)??? Just right down from the Eliot School in Clinton on Fairy Dell at intersection of 90 Rod Road & Cedar Road. CL&P trucks have arrived! Let's hope for some power....:-)
Mark Chumpy Chiaramonte November 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Power is back: 136 hours, 47 minutes. Thanks to the CL&P crews... Appreciated!
Jim November 04, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Power went out 10/29/12 on Monday at 130pm andthe power came back last night Saturday 11/.3/12 at 1850 hrs,, six plus days with out power, water, heat, this is a very very poor showing for the town of Clinton & CLP
Geraldine November 05, 2012 at 02:57 AM
We had our power restored Saturday afternoon, but we still have plenty of sagging wires on our road that will surely fail during a wind storm. I am concerned with winter coming we need our power to heat our homes. Airline Road
Geraldine November 05, 2012 at 03:04 AM
All those still without power, I hope your power is restored soon. Send a comment if there is anything I can help you with.

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