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Fairfield Residents Threaten Power Crews: Cops

By LeAnne Gendreau and Dianna Russini
|  Monday, Nov 5, 2012  |  Updated 3:08 PM EDT
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Debris is scattered amidst storm damage from Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Fairfield, Conn. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Autumn Driscoll) MANDATORY CREDIT

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After a week without power, tensions are high in Fairfield. Police said utility crews in town to restore electricity have had to stop working and call police because crews are being threatened.

When Superstorm Sandy hit Connecticut, Fairfield suffered major damage. There was flooding. Hundreds of trees came down and 97 percent of town has been out of power since Sunday night, even before the worst of the storm came through.

As of Monday afternoon, power remains out for about 10 percent of Fairfield, which amounts to more than 2,300 homes and businesses.

Police said in a Facebook post on Monday afternoon that several UI crews have been harassed and threatened, which is postponing work on the power restoration process.

There have been three incidents.

UI officials said most customers have been good to crews and done things like provide coffee.

"I realize people in our town are frustrated and in some cases angry at the length of time they have been without power," First Selectman Michael Tetreau said in a statement. "It is important to keep in mind that the U.I. crews have been working all week in the rain, the wind, the cold and the dark to restore our power. They are here to help us. Let’s help them do their job by letting them work.  We need their help. We want their help and we should appreciate their efforts.  Please cooperate with them and our town departments as we work to get power back for everyone."

Residents blocked a UI truck, attempting to prevent it from leaving until their power was restored. In another case, people were throwing objects at utility crews. What was thrown was not immediately known.

No information was available on the third incident.

UI officials said that 99 percent of power should be restored by Wednesday night.

One hundred sixty five crews are in town working to restore power, police said. Authorities are asking residents to allow crews to do their job and do not interfere so that power is restored as soon as possible.

"Utility crews are working throughout town to restore power and other essential services to residents. Please cooperate and allow these crews to complete the restoration process," town officials said in an advisory sent out on Monday afternoon.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has asked residents to refrain from stopping utility crews from doing their jobs, including to ask questions, because it further delays power restoration. 
 

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