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CL&P Crews to Return Friday Afternoon; 1,100 Still Powerless

Trucks are expected to return to Brookfield Friday afternoon to restore power to most of the 14 percent still in the dark.

Five days after Hurricane Sandy touched down in Connecticut, more than 1,100 Brookfield residents and businesses (14 percent) remain without power. The lights have been coming back on slowly over the course of the week but town officials are expecting some significant progress overnight into the weekend.

According to First Selectman Bill Davidson, there were no Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) crews in town Friday morning, however the utility promised to send at least three trucks to Brookfield by 2 p.m., which are expected to work overnight on priority areas.

“Hopefully we have a good priority plan and they keep to it,” Davidson said. If they stick to the plan and work through the night, “We should have really good outcomes by tomorrow morning.

Brookfield might not be 100 percent powered up by Saturday morning, however, as the crews will be working to restore the largest outage areas possible first. Davidson warned that residents suffering without power alone or in groups of two or three may be the last to get it back.

Though, Davidson was optimistic that the vast majority of residents would have power again by Saturday morning, pointing out that the outage figures in Brookfield dropped precipitously the last two nights due to overnight work by the utilities.

Over 165,000 residents and businesses statewide were still out Friday afternoon and CL&P stated they are to help speed up the restoration process.

See a CL&P or out-of-state line crew? Snap a picture (if it’s safe to do so) and upload it to our ‘Spot a CL&P Truck’ game.

John Belles November 02, 2012 at 06:06 PM
The people in charge ar CL&P, not the linesmen, should have to sleep in the dark and cold like my family until 100% are restored.
Murray T. November 02, 2012 at 06:44 PM
100% AGREE!!!!! Maybe they can forfeit their bonuses to pay for the hundreds of dollars worth of food I have to throw out.
Murray T. November 02, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Well John, I'm sure our power will be restored quickly with a whopping 3 trucks being sent to Brookfield this afternoon!! And they openly admit there were ZERO in town this morning....beautiful, just beautiful!!!
Ben Dover November 02, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Three trucks? Wow thanks CL&P! For that I will send you $3 instead of my full payment next month.
Debbie Sorbella November 02, 2012 at 07:48 PM
did anyone try to call the first selectmans office? don't bother. they do not respond. they did say a few days ago that “At his request, CL&P has had a line crew and a tree crew stationed at the Town Garage since 8:00 a.m. this morning (Monday) in order to quickly respond to power outages.” REALLY????? WHERE ARE THEY? And he only requested ONE?????!!!!
Ben Dover November 02, 2012 at 07:52 PM
So when I called this morning and CL&P told me crews were in the are working they were lying. I think its time for the State of Connecticut to investigate CL&P.
Ben Dover November 02, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Don't bother emailing him either. But the town got what they voted for, a do nothing democrat.
John Belles November 02, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Call the Dept of Public Works. They are very pleasant and helpful and do their best to get answers. However, CL&P still gives them only slightly more info than their paying customers.
pj November 02, 2012 at 10:56 PM
They have only been to ledyard a couple half days and we still have 3,450 without power! We are cold too!
Debbie Sorbella November 03, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Where are the trucks? According to the article above, we were supposed to get at least 3 after 2pm. ha ha ha The same downed lines are on Signal Hill and Farview. We did see trucks (from out of state) on Rte 25 but they were gone in a short time. The downed lines on Farview were about 100' from where they were working. What is the plan now?
Tom November 03, 2012 at 09:27 PM
A tree took out power, cable, and phone lines. AT&T came to repair but they said since power line is down they cannot hook it back up since the power company would be in a tizzy. Apparently the power company doesn't line it when phone lines are hooked back up before theirs. What sort of stupid rule is that? So now At&T has to come back after power restored. So no phone or power. Not good.

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