CL&P has a controversial new idea to get the power back on after a big storm and it could mean even longer wait times.
The October snowstorm in 2011 devastated the state, especially the Farmington Valley.
“It was very miserable,” said Chris Knopf.
He was living in a disaster on Winding Lane in Avon with no power for more than 11 days.
“It was wicked bad. We were the last people to get power,” he explained.
If another big storm hits, he and his neighbors might have to wait even longer to get their power back on if CL&P goes through with a new idea.
Right now it uses maps to figure out which towns need the most urgent help.
The faster response goes to the highest percentage of outages.
Now CL&P might do away with this and prioritize towns based on the total number of customers without power.
“We just learned about the changes…they're unacceptable and would have a devastating effect on our town,” said Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman.
Glassman said that if her town was entirely without power like it was two years ago, it might be a last priority because it’s less populated than other parts of the state.
She just wrote a letter to CL&P that said the idea was flawed. “The number of customers out of power might not show the entire picture,” Glassman explained.
A CL& P spokesperson could not elaborate on why the company was thinking about making these changes, but said officials got the letter from Glassman.
She added the letter was currently being reviewed and the company was open to her suggestions.
“We're very concerned public health and safety for our residents,” Glassman explained.
They were suggestions the Simsbury First Selectman begged CL&P to consider, given that the winter storm season was quickly approaching.