It will take both Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating until Monday or Tuesday to restore power to most of their customers.
Utility officials indicated today that power won’t be restored to everyone in Connecticut before election day. About 300,000 customers are still without power Thursday morning, about half of the 600,000 plus that lost power.
“Power will be back on for more than 95 percent of the state by Monday or Tuesday, utility officials said on Thursday morning,” wrote the Courant.
“Connecticut Light & Power Co. Senior Vice President Bill Quinlan said the company estimates that power to a “substantial” percentage of its customers will be restored by Monday or Tuesday. When pressed for details, he said the company expects 98 percent of its customers to have power by then. United Illuminating Company projected it will complete service restoration to 95 percent of its customers by the end of Monday.”
“We fully understand that the loss of electricity seriously disrupts people’s lives, and we have tapped into every resource at our disposal to restore electric service to all of our customers safely and as quickly as possible,” said Anthony J. Vallillo, UI president and chief operating officer.
Also Thursday Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that President Obama has approved a 100% cost share for ten days for emergency power restoration and emergency public transportation assistance for the four shoreline counties that have already received a major disaster declaration.
“As we continue with the recovery process from Hurricane Sandy, I am very appreciative of President Obama’s commitment to the State of Connecticut and its residents.” said Governor Malloy. “We continue to work to get the state back to normal following this devastating storm.”
This additional assistance includes, for example, reimbursement of the National Guard in State Active Duty to conduct emergency power restoration, emergency public transportation, or direct essential support to these missions. The 100% cost share means that, for limited categories of work performed during the first 10 days of the disaster, state and local agencies will not have to pay the usual 25% cost share. In the coming days, FEMA will be providing further guidance to the state on what activities are covered under this adjustment.
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