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Out-of-State Line, Tree Crews Arrive in Tolland

The crews are working with Department of Public Works employees to clear and cut trees throughout town.

Three line crews and two tree crews from out-of-state will be working throughout Tolland today to clear and cut trees, according to CL&P Tolland liaison Jim Shuckerow. 

The crews, working with Tolland Department of Public Works employees, will not be focusing on restoration, but the clearing work completed on Wednesday should speed up future restoration efforts, Shuckerow said.

The crew members, from places as varied as Virginia, South Carolina and Maryland, were brought in by CL&P and have been working all over the state since they arrived on Sunday, according to a few members of the line crews.

"We've been everywhere," said Pike Electric Corporation employee Alex Hardy. The crews said they've been working 18-hour shifts during their time in Connecticut. They arrived in Tolland on Wednesday morning.

The crews have been divided into three teams and will address the Tolland Department of Public Works' list of priority troublespots, according to Shuckerow.

The EOC also received a delivery of disaster relief supplies, including MRE's and water, this morning.

Annie Gentile November 02, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Cheers to Pike Electric! They got my street back up last night. I rewarded them with a bag of Halloween candy.
Sally Smith November 02, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Anne, What street has power? I haven't been back to our house in Tolland very much since I have no power and thus no heat or running water. The only places I have seen that are lit up in town are RT 30 and the 195 area near BIGY.
Annie Gentile November 02, 2011 at 06:14 PM
I can't say what's happening in Tolland--I live in Vernon. I drove down both Route 30 and Route 83 in Vernon yesterday and it appeared that all the traffic lights and businesses were still out. This morning I got the call that power was restored at my employer in Manchester so I drove out and found that some of the traffic lights were operational on Route 30 down closer to the former Vernon Circle area. So things are happening slowly. Hang in there!
Bill Eccles November 02, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Good news for you, Annie! We have to celebrate the victories, even if they aren't ours. See you November 9th or whenever that first meeting is (I hope...).
Mark Depathy November 03, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Is it possible this report was incorrect? It said 2 line crews as well as the tree cutting crews were in Tolland. According to CL&P's outage map no customers in Tolland had their power restored in the last 24 hours. Seems like it might have been only tree cutting crews.
Jayme Kunze November 03, 2011 at 03:57 PM
They were definitely combined tree and line crews. CL&P liaison and Tolland EOC confirmed so.
Annie Gentile November 03, 2011 at 04:14 PM
When PIke came to my street, they came at the same time the Asplundh tree service trucks who cleared some of the lines. As the Pike workers were finishing up, Rosa Electric (local electrical contractors) showed up to address a couple of individual household issues that were directly related to the outage. It could have been coincidence, but it really appeared to me to be a coordinated effort between tree service, electric company, and electric contractors.

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