Update 2:30pm (Monday)
Weston and Redding can just about celebrate having comprehensive power restoration. CL&P reports that only nine of its customers in Weston are without power, while the number in Redding is down to just seven.
UI has re-configured its customer list in Easton. Earlier today, the utility company reported that just 33 of its customers in Easton were without power. That number has risen to 50 according to their charts.
Update: 9:30am (Monday)
UI has made significant progress in restoring power to its more than 2,000 customers in Easton. As of 930am, there are just 33 of its customers in town without power, that mark represents 1% of their total customers in Easton.
CL&P reports that it's close to 100% power restoration in Weston. Just 11 of its 3807 customers in town are without power.
Redding is also real close to having comprehensive power restoration. Of its 3,914 customers in town, CL&P reports 10 are without power
Check back for more updates later on Monday.
[Editor's Note: This article's table has been updated to show progress by CL&P and UI in restoring power to our towns, and will continue to be udpated throughout the day and week.]
Saying the breadth and power of Hurricane Irene prevented some 400 line and tree workers from coming to the state as quickly as desired, officials with Connecticut Light & Power on Tuesday said some customers likely will not get power back until Sunday.
Some 150 additional workers are expected to arrive through Thursday to help restore power, CL&P President and COO Jeff Butler said during a press briefing.
“Even though we’ve made tremendous progress in the first 36 hours in restoring 400,000 customers—and I expect to see good progress continue—I still expect some portion of the customers that have been impacted by this event, just because of the sheer magnitude that our system is seeing, to go a week or more [through Sunday],” Butler said.
“I don’t expect it to be anywhere near where we’re at today, but given the magnitude of the damage of what we’ve seen, I expect that we’ll have customers out of power for a week or more during this entire event and that’s one of the reasons we continue to go out and seek more crews,” he continued. “We’re doing everything possible to bring more resources into this state to expedite as much as possible the restoration for all of our customers. We will not back down from our EOC [Emergency Operating Center] status until all of our customers have been restored.”
Crews arriving Tuesday include workers flying in from Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, Butler said. CL&P has equipment ready for those workers. Other crew members are driving in with their own equipment, from states as far away as Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Alabama and Colorado, he said.
As Irene took shape and delayed planes and closed roads, the Berlin-based utility was forced to make do with fewer workers than it had planned for—plans that were made in earnest last Wednesday, Butler said.
“We were told that a certain number of crews would be arriving at certain times and what we found was two things,” he said. “First of all, they didn’t necessarily arrive when they told us they would arrive. And when they got here, there were quite a few changes with fewer crews than what they told us they were going to send, and in a couple of cases, significantly fewer crews.”
The comments echo much of what Butler said during a with Gov. Dannel Malloy.
The comments also come on the heels of from that CL&P failed to respond quickly enough to widespread power outages. Several Connecticut towns saw 100 percent of CL&P customers without power in Irene’s wake, prompting municipalities to open up emergency shelters even as many districts still don’t know when school will start.
In , towns such as and saw improvements overnight, though many towns remain largely without power. Here’s a snapshot of where things stood as of 7 a.m. Tuesday:Town Total 7 a.m. (Tues)
% Town % at 3:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m. 5 p.m. (Weds) 10:30 a.m. (Thurs) 5 p.m. 7 a.m. (Fri) 11 a.m. Darien 3,881 49 45 46 30 25 21 8 8 Easton* 2,109 72 70 63 63 63 60 59 59 Fairfield* 11,274 48 41 39 29 29 27 13 13 Greenwich 8,757 31 28 23 21 14 16 9 9 New Canaan 6,442 76 77 76 75 70 63 43 36 Norwalk 7,561 25 18 14 12 8 6 5 4 Redding 2,986 76 88 88 69 44 57 48 39 Ridgefield 8,553 80 77 77 69 63 60 44 44 Shelton* 7,233 41 43 42 19 15 14 14 12 Stamford 14,671 46 19 13 11 7 5 3 2 Trumbull* 6,068 44 44 35 16 15 13 12 11 Weston 3,617 95 95 82 75 72 71 55 55 Westport 4,379 35 45 33 20 16 13 7 5 Wilton 5,410 74 53 63 67 54 57 38 34 *United Illuminating customers
“As we look at the restoration, we continue to focus on areas where we can restore power to the largest number of customers in the soonest timeframe, so that continues to be the focus,” Butler said.
Priorities have included restoring power to hospitals, schools and wastewater treatment facilities, Butler said.
Here are some numbers Butler provided during the press briefing:
- As fo 6 a.m. Tuesday, the total number of homes without power statewide had been reduced to 421,883 customers
- A total of 399,659 customers’ power had been restored since Saturday
- At Irene’s peak, 672,000 customers were without power (the maximum number of customers out at any one time during the storm)
- Tuesday morning, 854 crews were working – including 488 line crews (poles and wires), 366 tree crews
- CL&P aware of 912 roads total blocked state and town roads, and 320 have been cleared
During a question-and-answer session during the briefing, Butler said that eastern Connecticut had been hit far worse than the western part of the state. Some homes lose power even during the restoration, Butler said, because for safety reasons crews often have to switch off the power to deal with power lines that are leaning against fallen trees, in order to clear the vegetation.