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CL&P: 'Vast Majority' of Customers Will Be Restored by Monday or Tuesday

The utility still has 250,000 customers without power on Thursday morning, including about 6,500 in Ridgefield.


CL&P's projection for restoring the "vast majority" of its customers was "Monday or Tuesday," according to William Quinlan, a senior vice president for the utility.

"This is an estimate, it is not a guarantee," Quinlan said, adding that pockets of customers in particularly difficult areas would probably go beyond that date.

Quinlan said about 2 percent of customers would likely fall into that category.

The number of lineman being brought in from outside the company was expected to go from 1,080 on Wednesday to about 2,000 in the next several days, Quinlan said.

Of the thousands of "trouble spots" still left to repair, Quinlan said some of them involve trees on power lines but other — at least 1,000 — involve placing new poles.

"Our singular focus is on the 250,000 customers who remain without power," he said.

Sam November 01, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Why don't they have 2000 lineman to start with? Why not 3000 or 4000? There must be thousands of lineman waiting for a call and work in midwest? Is CL&P not smart enough to estimate the need? Or are they just cheap as any monopoly without pressure from government, state or town politicians?
KD November 01, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Looks like CL&P really learned from last year's storm - NOT! There should have been linemen close to CT by Monday to arrive on Tuesday after the storm hit. I am fortunate enough to have my power back and helping out family members who do not have power three days after the storm.
Gabe Stoly November 01, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Four days later there still are NO ONE working on Ridgebury Rd / Hawthorn-Bridle Trail where there are three trees down on power line and poles. NO ONE is doing any thing on this major artery in Ridgefield. Looks like a war zone Where are those crews They were ready for weeks ........ No action
paul d. November 01, 2012 at 08:15 PM
CL&P is the worst. Two years worth of evidence to support this claim. What will Frey, Malloy, and the rest of the our elected officials do in response? My guess? Nothing.
sebastian dangerfield November 01, 2012 at 10:10 PM
My guess...worse than nothing....they'll enpanel a committee. The committee will hire consultants who will observe that the storm was catastrophic...perhaps that they should be better coordinated and they will set up a storm hotline for informing citizens of the progress. Instead of considering what existing regulations contribute..they will propae additional ones that basically add administrative red tape. That will allow malloy to put in campaign flyers " took action to address cl&p deficiecies.
Tom Falconieri November 02, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Dont forget they need another STUDY ON THE ISSUE. That will cost us lets say 100K. Seems like i have not seen one thing being dun to remove the downed trees. Ok RUDY get on the BAT PHONE and explain this away. I know it is BUSHES FAULT!!!
Scott Kemp November 02, 2012 at 03:58 AM
I thought they were supposed to do maintanence (clearing tres around lines) during the summer and fall. I didn't see much done and would have reduced the outages we are experiencing now.
John Symon November 02, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Nice of you to inject politics into this debate. What has Rudy done, as the town's CEO? Zippo The tree warden asked for money ($100,000) for tree trimming and Rudy said no. Look in front of Ballard Park! Where is some worthwhile communication from Rudy during these storms? Where are the crews going? Why are the high school football stadium lights on and the neighbors dark? I don't need to be reminded from him not to use my generator indoors. Don't get me started on our 'leader'.
Bill November 02, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Is it a major event? YES! Can I understand that restoration time-line estimates are difficult to forecast? YES! Is the local information (basically a percent outage in the town) useless? YES! At least give us a daily summary of what areas of town are planned to be being worked on. People need to be able to make plans, even though the forecasts may be uncertain. There seems to be too much concern about the political outfall if a forecast is wrong. Rudy, each day you know what parts of town are being addressed. How about sharing that information with the people who are affected???
Tom Falconieri November 02, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Never happen Bill The KING HAS OTHER FISH TO FRY!!! The Man does not ave a CLUE. Why was the National Guard called in immediately if they were available!! Why did he wait so long. And why is downed trees not being cleared faster. CL&P cant fix wires with trees on them. So if your area has trees on the lines you are out of luck to get your power back. When you see the trees cleared you can expect the line gangs to repair the damage. Just saying!!!
Tom Falconieri November 02, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Ridgebury will most likely get power back sometime mid week next week i am guessing??
BIG RAGU November 02, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Last October, the Farm Hill Road area was OUT 9-10 days and we FROZE. This year, probably the same, only a little warmer. Enough lip service from the politicians and the CEO's. I hope people will remember these days when and if we can vote. BIG RAGU
John Symon November 02, 2012 at 01:29 PM
In Norwalk and Trumbull (at least) the town releases each day where crews are going. Simple information that would be much appreciated. Why can't Rudy do this?
sam November 02, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I agree with John. I was jealous to see Wilton taking of their trees by the power lines for the past three weeks as a preparation for any storm. Sandy was not even in the picture then. And Rudy has done nothing in terms of preparation. I can't wait to see his name crossed off as the First Selectman. We need someone who doesn't fail the same way three times in a row within 13 months.
Looking Around November 02, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I was troubled to see a photo of workers replacing some shingles on the roof of town hall the day after Sandy hit. Seniors and everyone else without power, no traffic lights, but replacing a few shingles was the priority?? It reminded me of last year's storm when trees were down everywhere, yet town workers were mowing the baseball fields. Rudy might be a nice guy, but I don't think he is good a seeing and solving problems.
Irene B November 02, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Live wires down on Saw Mill Hill since the storm; kids walking up and down the street. If you have a small car, you can drive over and under them, but they are lying on, and spread across the street like spiderwebs. Dangerous and disgraceful.
Tom Falconieri November 02, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Tom has a contract with the town for roof repairs. He does this all year round. WAKE CALL for you!!!! The town buildings all need new roofs. But their are other fish to FRY. Like sending Money to the schools for a starter. Rudy is a SCAM ARTIST and cant run a business. He bankrupted many and the voters of this town keep electing this GUY. You get the garbage you hand out. Time to replace this GUY!!!

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