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CL&P Prepares for Possible Weather Impact Tonight

With a potential for snow and windy conditions, utility and town crews prepare for a possible impact.

Twenty Connecticut Light & Power crews are expected to arrive and stage at Fairfield Hills with an additional 20 crews expected to stage on Route 7 Wednesday night, First Selectman Pat Llodra said.

The mobilization is expected even as predictions for snow during the overnight hours . However, CL&P's forecasters were saying early Wednesday that the storm could bring 3 to 4 inches of snow in western Connecticut, prompting a call for additional line and tree crews that remains in effect even as the prediction for snow has been scaled back, according to CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross.

Crews still will be mobilized, with any planned vacations for the period canceled and a partial opening of CL&P's Emergency Operations Center, Gross said. The spokesman did not have any figures on how many crews had been called in except to say that the decision to ask for out-of-state workers had ben issued.

"We'll ramp up if conditions worsen," he said.

Llodra said two utility crews will be at the CL&P office in Hawleyville this evening through the night to respond to emergencies. Town equipment and public works personnel also are on call, the first selectman said.

Swami December 07, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Sounds like CL&P has vamped up it's PR efforts.
Susan Joy December 08, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Does this mean the very large tree that lost several very large limbs will come down and take out power on Main St? One of the large branches is laying on the wires but no one wants to hear about it. Hopefully it will not fall and take out the wires once again. I have been unsuccessful convincing CL&P and the state highway department that the tree is a hazard and needs to be taken down. It was once a beauty but now with the broken limbs it is so compromised it just needs to come down.
Scott Mccarthy December 08, 2011 at 01:51 AM
Quick! call the BOE and get the PR firm on standby! We might have a delayed opening. If it snows in china do we have to take a day off here?
Swami December 08, 2011 at 02:02 AM
STORM ALERT - up to 1 inch of snow forcast (maybe) for Newtown, call out the National Guard, alert the PR spin meisters, have the selectmen record the storm warnings !!! ps: it has been known to snow in December, AND the leaves are DOWN !

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