CT's Slow March Back to Power: A Tour in 13 Maps

This is what the massive outage looked like in CL&P service areas as it was eventually eliminated from the state over the course of many days.

Update 7:33 a.m., Thursday:

Connecticut Light & Power said in a statement released after 11 p.m. Wednesday that it "has restored virtually all customer outages associated with the October 29 snow storm.

"Work to restore the less than 50 customers remaining is currently underway and consists mostly of customers who recently informed CL&P that they were still without power."

As of 7:17 a.m. Thursday, 71 CL&P customers were without power across the state, with 28 of them in Granby, which amounted to 0.6 percent of that town's customers, according to the CL&P website.

Update 7:32 p.m., Wednesday:

Only 419 Connecticut Light & Power customers, or about a third of 1 percent, are without power as of 7:19 p.m., the utility reports on its website.

Not one community in the state has even 1 percent without power, according to CL&P, with Middletown having the most customers out of power —155, although it's unclear if that is even related to the storm of two weekends ago.

In Norwalk, three customers were reported to be without power.

Update 9:45 a.m., Wednesday:

A total of 3,765 Connecticut Light & Power customers are without power, less than 1 percent of the total, as of 9:35 a.m., according to the utility's website.

Communities with the highest rates of outages are in the Hartford area. In Avon, 7 percent of customers remain without power, the same percentage as in Simsbury. In Stafford, 5 percent are without power. Other towns, including Farmington, have less than 1 percent without power.

Update 9:25 a.m., Tuesday:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office today announced in a news release: "the working group he created in the immediate aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene has been renamed the Two Storm Panel and has officially received an updated charge to include the recent October Nor’easter in its expanded scope."

The panel meets next on Wednesday.

Update 9:07 a.m., Tuesday:

A total of 26,320 Connecticut Light & Power customers are still without power as of 8:37 a.m., or almost 2 percent of the utility's 1,238,067 customers, according to the company's website.

The remaining towns in the state with large percentages out of power (all in the Hartford area) include Simsbury, 35 percent; Farmington, 27 percent; Avon, 23 percent; Granby, 20 percent; Canton, 16 percent; and Stafford, 18 percent; and West Hartford, 21 percent.

In terms of numbers, West Hartford has 5,950 customers still without power; Simsbury, 3,588; Farmington, 3,336; Avon, 2,053; Bloomfield, Enfield, Stafford and Vernon each have more than 1,000 customers still without power.

Update 9:33 p.m., Monday:

Norwalk is now a white spot on the Connecticut Light & Power outage map, with the juice back on for every customer in the city. Other municipalities in lower Fairfield County are faring about as well, with only a handful of customers without power.

Statewide, almost 29,000 are still without power (2 percent), with most of them upstate, around Hartford. Avon is still 25 percent without power; Farmington, 27 percent; Simsbury 35 percent; and Somers, 39 percent.

CL&P has announced it "is waiving late fees and will arrange flexible payment programs for those who experienced unprecedented losses and disruptions to their lives."

Update 8:50 a.m., Monday:

Connecticut Light & Power didn't meet its goal of 99 percent of customers with power as of midnight, more than a week after the freak October storm knocked out power to 830,000 customers, so the company's new goal is 100 percent restoration by Wednesday.

In Norwalk, only 6 customers were without power as of 8:23 a.m., according to the utility website.

"We have not met our expectations and the expectations we set for you," said Jeff Butler, president and chief operating officer for the utility, at a news conference in the state Armory in Hartford, according to a CL&P news release. "We have missed our goal. For that, I apologize."

As of 11 p.m. Sunday, about 64,000 CL&P customers were without power following the unusual snowstorm of the weekend before. According to the utility, most of those customers are in the Farmington Valley and northern Tolland County (see the map attached to this article).  

"We have not given up and have about 2,500 line and tree crews at work,"  Butler said.  "We will have 100 percent of our customers who were affected by this storm restored by Wednesday."

According to the news release, more than 220 service crews are working solely on reconnecting service wires—the lines running from utility poles directly to homes.

As of 8:23 a.m. Monday morning, hardly any customers were without power in the Norwalk area, according to the CL&P website, although just to the north there were still 527 lacking electricity in Ridgefield and 37 in Redding.

In addition to the 6 without power in Norwalk, there were 3 in Westport, 1 in Weston, 4 in Wilton, 7 in New Canaan, none in Darien, 1 in Stamford and 30 in Greenwich.

Original article, 1:51 p.m., Sunday:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, who has long been frustrated with the power restoration efforts of CL&P, said Sunday morning the utility company will not make good on its estimates for many towns in the state who are still without power.

"The closer we got to CL&P’s self-identified goal of 99 percent restoration in each city and town by midnight tonight, the more skeptical I became of their ability to meet that goal," said Malloy. "It’s now clear they are not going to meet their goal -- and I’ll have more to say about that today."

Norwalk has just 31 homes or less than one percent of CL&P customers in town without power. The new restoration estimates show that all of Norwalk could be back on-line by November 7.

Neighboring towns like New Canaan, Wilton, and Darien reached 99% power restoration as of noon on Sunday. The company says about 1 of every 10 of its customers around the state are still waiting for power to be restored.

According to the CL&P website, about 830,000 customers lost power after the storm hit the state last Saturday.

Suzy DeYoung November 11, 2011 at 02:32 AM
Several Connecticut Residents have expressed interest in starting a petition to our state and federal representatives regarding CL&P's failures. If interested, please join the campaign by adding your signature to the petition and by passing it along to others as well. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/actionagainstconnlightandpower/


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