More than 1,200 Connecticut Light & Power customers saw their electricity return in the past 24 hours and additional crews are expected into town for the final push to have 99-percent of the town restored by the end of Sunday, officials said.
"Last night they did make significant progress in terms of restorations," CL&P town liasion Jacqui Borges King said during a meeting Saturday morning at the Emergency Operations Center.
The outages as of late Saturday morning stand at 40-percent or 4,400 homes and businesses without power in Newtown. Borges King said the utility is standing by its expectation that 99-percent of the town will be restored by late Sunday night.
A sizeable contingent of crews – 18 line and 10 tree – are working on restoration while another two are working with the town's public works department on opening up the 10 blocked roads in town, officials said. Another eight also are expected into town from Maine Saturday.
Clearing those blockages are key to ensuring safe travel and opening up the schools in time for Monday, officials said.
At the moment, Head O' Meadow School is having intermittent electricity problem but CL&P representatives said they are aware of it and working on it. Boggs Hill Road apparently will be powered up by later tonight, officials said.
Five crews also have been assigned to the circuit responsible for powering Route 302, also known as Sugar Street. A couple also have been assigned to work on problems plaguing parts of the Main Street circuit. Five were sent to Walnut Tree Hill and Shady Rest area. Other crews also have been dispatched across town, including Poverty Hollow and Flat Swamp roads.
Editor's note: For a list of services still available in town, see . This article has been updated since it was originally published.