Just 1 percent of CL&P customers remain without power this morning, but the company is still projecting full restoration by midnight Wednesday.
"While we reached another one of our goals a full day ahead of time, I realize that is little comfort for those customers still without power," said Jeff Butler, president and chief operating officer of CL&P. "Our commitment is to continue working around the clock until every customer is restored."
Across Connecticut, crews are working to complete repairs to CL&P's electrical system and clean up tree-related damage to restore power to the 11,600 CL&P customers still in the dark.
CL&P reminds customers that if their neighbors have power to call CL&P at 800-286-2000 because customer-owned equipment — clevis (house knob), weatherheads, conduits, conductors and the meter box — could be damaged. That equipment must be repaired by a licensed electrician before CL&P can restore service. For more information on electric equipment customers are responsible for visit the company’s website.
In the wake of Irene, the federal government has declared the entire state a disaster area, which makes Connecticut eligible for federal aid to help in the cleanup and recovery efforts, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today. The federal government declared five of the state’s eight counties disaster areas two days ago, but as of Sunday had added the three remaining counties, Hartford, Tolland and Windham, to the list.
Malloy and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will tour storm damage in East Haven today as part of the storm recovery efforts. After the tour, Napolitano and Malloy will host a conference call in the Emergency Operations Center in the State Armory with state agency commissioners. Napolitano will also attend Malloy’s press conference later in the day.