More than 5,610 Connecticut Light & Power customers in Greenwich remained without power at 9:15 Friday evening, and company officials were unsure when all the lights would be back on. That number dropped to 4,980 without power at 12:30 a.m. Saturday.
The customers without power early Saturday represent 17 percent of the CL&P customers in town. The number without power increased throughout the day in Greenwich on Friday, with 2,000 without power at 6:30 a.m. At 4 p.m. Thusday, about 2,400 had no power because of equipment failure and high energy demand on the hot days. CL&P crews were working Friday night and into Saturday morning.
Katie Blint, a CL&P spokeswoman, said early Saturday the numbers rose because it was forced to cut power to additional customers to prevent further damage to the system. Power was restored at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday to 700 customers in North Greenwich who had been without power the longest in town.
Theresa Gilbert, a spokeswoman for CL&P, said Thursday a dozen crews were working at a substation in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich that is at the heart of the power outages that began Thursday afternoon.
Gilbert said CL&P had equipment issues at the substation before Thursday evening's thunderstorms and said the storm worsened the problems. Gilbert said it was unclear when power would be restored, but it was not likely to happen before Saturday.
The substation is the biggest issue, but we have other crews working on storm damage" on the streets, Gilbert said Friday evening. Weve got crews working as quickly and safely as we can and we appreciate (our customers) patience.
A cooling station is available for residents at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. CL&P customers can call 800-286-2000 to get more information on when power may be restored.
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