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CL&P Stands By Monday, Tuesday Restoration

Friday, Nov 2, 2012  |  Updated 2:43 PM EDT
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CL&P Stands By Monday, Tuesday Restoration

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As of Friday morning, 166,360 Connecticut Light & power customers do not have power and company officials are standing by projections that power will be restored to most customers on Monday or Tuesday.

“We understand that this is a challenging time for our customers, the fact that it’s difficult being without power, particularly as the temperatures start to drop,” Bill Quinlan, senior vice president of emergency preparedness for CL&P, said on Friday morning. “We are doing everything within our power to restore service just as soon as we possibly can.”

Quinlan said customers can look forward to more significant progress on Friday and the vast amount of resources are concentrating on the southeastern coast, from Branford to the Rhode Island border and southwestern Connecticut.

“We’re getting into those most heavily hit area right now with a substantial contingent of resources,” Quinlan said.

“I think the governor, and actually the president of the United States, recognizes that those areas are particularly hard hit,” he said.

On Thursday, CL&P had 1,080 external line workers. The number is up to 1,500 on Friday and should be up to around 2,100 external line workers on Saturday.

The group brought in includes the “full span” of Northeast Utilities, including management teams from Massachusetts and New Hampshire and 100 retirees working on restoration efforts.

The utility companies said they are dealing with thousands of downed trees, many broken poles and large spans of downed wires, according to Quinlan.

Other possible resources include utility workers from California. Quinlan said CL&P is in discussions with FEMA and the trucks could be brought into Westover.

What Connecticut residents who have no power want to know is when they personally will get power back.

Later today, CL&P will provide “district” restoration estimates, according to Quinlan.

“We’re putting out these restoration projections so that our customers can make their decisions and plan their lives accordingly. We understand the importance of those being accurate. They are our best estimates, but as I’ve indicated consistently, they are not guarantees,” Quinlan said.

How to Help

Donate to the NBC Connecticut Storm Relief Drive on Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon.

NBC Sandy Telethon on Friday.

AmeriCares

The Connecticut Red Cross is asking interested volunteers to email ctvol@ctredcross.org with their phone number and email address. The Red Cross will then contact them with further information about how they can help out.

United Way:

The United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is seeking donations of shelf-stable, non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, bottled water, and clean blankets. There are five local drop-off locations for these contributions:

  • The Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center, 374 Broad Street, New London from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m on Friday, Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;
  • The Hampton Inn, 300 Long Hill Road, Groton;
  • The Residence Inn, 40 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic;
  • The Comfort Inn, 48 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic; and
  • United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, 283 Stoddards Wharf Road (at the corner of Route 12), Gales Ferry from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

If you would like to make a financial contribution, please go to www.uwsect.org and click on the ‘Donate’ button in the upper right-hand corner to contribute securely online.

United Way of New York City has established the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. The Fund will address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of individuals, families and communities along the Eastern Seaboard that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy's devastation. Contributions to the Fund will be used by local United Ways in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia. United Way of New York City will charge no administrative fees.

The East Haven Pantry, located at 39 Park St. in the lower level of Christ and the Epiphany Church, is accepting donations of non-perishable foods. Monetary donations are preferred as they have a purchasing power available to them of at least double of the funds raised.

Donations will also be accepted at the Hagaman Memorial Library and at the Town Hall. All monies must be in the form of a check payable to the East Haven Food Pantry.

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