Among the many facilities that did not have power on Friday morning, four days after Sandy moved through the state, was high-security prison along the shoreline.
As of Friday afternoon, one of the two generators at York Correctional Institution is working. Both were out for a period of time on Friday.
The prison is located in East Lyme, a southeastern Connecticut shoreline town where power is out for 51 percent of Connecticut Light & Power customers. It houses women, as well as men who were in the adjoining Gates Correctional Institution, which closed in 2011.
The prison is in lockdown, according to officials from the state Department of Correction. There are no issues with safety.
Work is being done to get the other generator up and running.
The southeastern part of the state is one of the areas that was hardest hit by Sandy.
The prison was on temporary power and its generator went down, Bill Quinlan, senior vice president of emergency preparedness for CL&P, said during a news conference on Friday morning.
“We are putting a particular emphasis on restoring service to that important facility just as soon as we can,” Quinlan said.
CL&P is sending in a large contingent of linemen who are trying to restore the circuit that feeds the prison, Quinlan said. The utility company is also looking into some temporary generation of power later this morning in case restoration takes longer than expected.
NBC Connecticut has left a message with the state Department of Correction.