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CL&P: Power Back For Most By Monday Or Tuesday

Trees and utility poles down in Stamford.
Trees and utility poles down in Stamford. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. - Connecticut Light & Power expects to have power back to the majority of its customers by Monday or Tuesday, the company announced Thursday morning.

"This is an estimate, not a guarantee," said Bill Quinlan, senior vice president for emergency preparedness. "There will likely be customers whose restoration will extend beyond that period."

Quinlan predicted that 2 percent of customers would still be out of power Tuesday. Polling places are a priority for the company, and Quinlan said most of the state's polling places should have power for Tuesday's election.

United Illuminating Co. announced that 95 percent of its customers would have power by midnight Monday. That would leave about 16,000 still without power, said CEO James Torgerson.

CL&P would have 2,000 more line and tree workers from out of state coming into Connecticut to help restore power, Quinlan said. The company has restored power to 475,000 customers and 600 critical facilities, with 300 critical facilities still remaining. CL&P will likely have to set more than 1,000 new poles, as well as several thousand spans of wire.