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CL&P: 99 Percent in Oxford to Get Power Back by 11:59 PM Sunday

The utility company plans to have most in state online by Sunday just before midnight.

Connecticut Light & Power says that 99 percent of its Oxford-based customers will have power back by Sunday night, according to information released by the utility company this morning. Click here to see when the company expects other towns to be online.

The following news release was submitted by CL&P:

CL&P crews continued to make good progress overnight in restoring power to customers across the state.  As of 8 a.m., approximately 400,000 customers have been restored since the storm hit on Saturday. 

This morning, restoration estimates are available for all 149 cities and towns we serve.  These estimates, available online at www.cl-p.com/stormcenter/estimates, indicate when 99 percent of the residents will be restored.  Customers can also access restoration estimates by calling CL&P Customer Service at 800-286-2000.   

“Our goal remains to restore the vast majority of customers by Sunday, November 6,” said Jeff Butler, CL&P’s president and chief operating officer.  “We continue to ask for and receive help from out-of-state crews and contractors as our crew counts grow daily.  We understand how frustrating it is to be without power and are working as quickly and safely as possible.” 

Today, there are over 1,040 line and tree crews at work across the state. In addition, we have over 550 support crews helping to speed the restoration. Staging areas have been set up at several areas including Lake Compounce in Bristol, the former Timex building in Middlebury and Fairfield Hills in Newtown so we can efficiently coordinate and deploy these large numbers of crews and materials to the communities where they are needed.   

CL&P continues to remind customers of the following important safety messages: 
·        Always assume any downed or hanging wire is live and dangerous.  Stay at least 10 feet away and call 9-1-1 immediately to report the dangerous situation. 
·        If using a generator, make sure it has been installed correctly into your home’s wiring to avoid “backfeed” onto our system which can endanger our crews. 
·        To avoid the accumulation of deadly carbon monoxide, only use a generator outdoors.  Never use a generator indoors, in an attached garage, a basement or a crawl space. 

To report or check on an outage – Visit cl-p.com or call 800-286-2000. Our automated phone and online systems can rapidly process your report and help us speed restoration efforts. For helpful tips and news updates, go to our website at cl-p.com, follow us on Twitter @CTLightandPower and “like” us at Facebook.com/CTLightandPower. You can also get updates on outages in your town by texting “outage” and your zip code to 24612 (texting fees may apply). 

Dick Kaminski November 02, 2011 at 12:55 PM
There are A LOT of towns listed as being restored by midnight Sunday. Looks like they committed to giving an estimate and for all that they still don't know, list Sunday as a default.
xxxoxox November 02, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Received news that some addresses by the airport will be on by the 3:15
OxfordCitizen November 02, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Does CL&P really think they're fooling anyone by saying "11:59pm Sunday" ? Just say Monday please.....it's insulting.....jerks !! ......and by the way, either the towns or the power companies better find some money for some aggressive tree trimming next year....or even this year as winter has not yet even begun.
Kweder November 02, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Way to go out on a limb CL&P. (No pun intended.)
Stacy Hudson November 02, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Really? 8 days without power? Did anyone notice Oxford res''s. Who lost power last time for a week did not pay less for that months electric?
Stacy Hudson November 02, 2011 at 03:20 PM
With no power and no water and no sanitation freezing nights how are the elderly going to fare?
Stacy Hudson November 02, 2011 at 03:23 PM
I got a call a few months back asking if I give permission to have my trees trimmed... Guess that deal fell through nothing happened
Stacy Hudson November 02, 2011 at 03:23 PM
I got a call a few months back asking if I give permission to have my trees trimmed... Guess that deal fell through nothing happened
Patty November 02, 2011 at 05:18 PM
per CL&P website, my area should have power by 3:15 TODAY! Cross your fingers everyone...please, been out since Sat. @ 5, and can't take it anymore!
E Twig November 02, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Got ours back today left about 10am and came home 1230pm power was on. Chestnut tree area.
Amy Carlone Cote November 02, 2011 at 05:57 PM
If you compare your September and October bills you will notice the dates cover 27 days or so for sept bill and 35 for the oct bill. Depending on your billing cycle, Irene covers time in both so it isn't noticeable. At least that's what I was able to research when we said the same thing. But I agree, it still doesn't seem to add up. We lost 6 days.
xxxoxox November 02, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Just got power back on Bonnie Lane (jacks hill/market rd area) around 1pm. Hopefully the rest of you are next. If not, come on over.
xxxoxox November 02, 2011 at 06:31 PM
That's Larkey rd- not market. Stupid phone!
jeff strba November 02, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Anyone in the N Mark Dr./Pisgah Rd. area have power yet?
Anatole Burkin November 02, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Nothing yet in the N Mark/Pisgah area. I will be surprised if they get power up here by then. Last year they did some tree trimming. We showed them several problem trees along our line, and they ignored most of them. Now the branches are hanging on the wires.
jeff strba November 02, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Thanks for the depressing news! :>)
Amy Battaglia November 03, 2011 at 02:08 AM
Anybody live off of Great Hill near Fairfield Rd and know about the power situation?? I almost positive that 67 is our grid but as far as I know, there's no power there yet. I heard Meadowbrook across the street has power. CL&P site us still saying Sunday at 11:45. 
Chuck Hite November 03, 2011 at 03:56 AM
I'm on old church, which is between hogsback and governors hill and there are still lines down and tree limbs in the road.. nothing has been moved since Saturday .. any idea who we should call?
Jerry Schwab November 03, 2011 at 04:28 AM
Amy thank you for volunteering up at the shelter all night for us!!!! It was nice to leave it in capable hands and get some sleep.... Thank you!!!!!
Kelly Donohue November 03, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Moose Hill still has lines down and I have the same restoration time of Sunday 11:45. Luckily I was able to borrow a generator from a friend in NY and some wood for the stove so the kids and I are doing pretty well! We have had lots of offers for showers and laundry so we'll be fine. However, I do think it is time to limit CL&P's area, if they can not manage it, then they should not have it.
Tina November 03, 2011 at 02:17 PM
I agree we would not be in this situation if all the trees were trimmed in the summer. If this was happening on Capital Hill would they have to wait a entire week before they seen light??? I think the town/ CL&P who ever needs to get off of their asses and start to be proactive. This is a disgrace, I work in helthcare and I can't tell you how many elderly people who are freezing in their homes thanks to the town. Wake up people this could kill the elderly, not everyone has the option of going to family members or even a shelter. Excuse my language but this entire situation is BULLSHIT!!!!!
Dick Kaminski November 03, 2011 at 03:01 PM
From Nov. 3rd Wall Street Journal, "More homes and businesses remain without power in Connecticut than in the other Northeastern states combined..." "And nowhere else is predicting it will take as long - until Sunday - to turn the lights back on."

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