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Utilities Report "Substantially Complete" Restoration



    Utilities Report "Substantially Complete" Restoration

    One week after Superstorm Sandy swept through the state, Connecticut Light & Power has restored power to more than 800,000 customers and officials said they met the goal CL&P leadership set.

    As of 10:15 a.m on Tuesday, Connecticut Light & Power is reporting around 7,000 power outages, , and United Illuminating is reporting just over 2,000, which is less than 1 percent of the customer base for both utility companies.

    "This was a storm of epic proportions and we've demonstrated the power of a bigger, stronger Northeast Utilities," Tom May, President and CEO of Northeast Utilities, said. "We know it's challenging to be without electricity and thank all of our customers for their patience as around-the-clock efforts continue to restore the remaining customers in hardest hit parts of southwestern Connecticut."

    At the height of the power outages, local power companies were reporting hundreds of thousands of outages.

    UI officials said they have restored power to more than 227,000 customers since the storm him. 

    “We know the weather is getting colder and the public should know that we continue to work around the clock to restore those remaining customers,” said Anthony J. Vallillo, UI’s president and chief operating officer.  “We will not rest until the devastation Hurricane Sandy left is completely behind us.” 

    While some southern Connecticut towns are seeing long lines at the gas stations, Fairfield officials said the town has a usual supply of gasoline and service stations open for business.

    If you're still without power, ensure the utilities know. Report your outage to CL&P at 1-800-286-2000 or UI at 1-800-7-CALL-UI.

    Residents and businesses who suffered damage as a result of Storm Sandy are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center by either calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or by going online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

    For those with speech or hearing disabilities, the TTY number is 800-462-7585.

    A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center has been established in Greenwich at the Western Greenwich Civic Center located at 449 Pemberwick Road in Greenwich.

    Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    How to Help

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

    NBC Sandy Telethon on Friday.


    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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