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[Daily Poll] Speak Out About CL&P

Tell us how you feel about how CL&P has handled this latest storm.

As of 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, 99 percent of Oxford Connecticut Light & Power customers were still without power. That number had jumped for an unknown reason from 77 percent without power at 9 a.m. 

A lot of people are frustrated with the utility company. put out a news release discussing her concerns with the company. This was her response from a previous Patch story:

Oxford First Selectman Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers has called CL&P's response to this storm "a huge disppointment," saying there were no crews in town as of 10:11 p.m. Saturday and none promised to the town. In an email, she said:

"Major transmission lines are down on Route 34 and Chestnut Tree Hill Road, and CL&P is and has been made aware of this. Their storm preparation has been nonexistent, leaving us high and dry to fend for ourselves. I will be sending all overtime costs of keeping police and public works employees out all day and all night to the utility company to cover. Our fireman, who are strictly volunteers, deserve to be paid what the CL&P crews are paid for their efforts as well. This poor response from CT Light & Power is not going to be tolerated.  have fallen on deaf ears."

We know how Drayton-Rogers feels; now we want to know how you feel. Please answer our poll below. 

y storm November 02, 2011 at 08:00 PM
I think that middlebury should also partner with a different company, like wallingford. CLP is a huge fail. I applaud all the guys that have come out to help but CLP is too quick to want increases and then too slow when WE need them!
y storm November 02, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Agreed Ray!
E Twig November 02, 2011 at 09:10 PM
What got me is I live in a under ground sub div. and we had power all the way during the storm and lost at 1030 am sunday when the sun was shining an everything was melting. I nephew who lives in Oxford also about 5 miles away from me lost it at the same time. I think CLP threw a switch which knock the whole grid. If they knew what the problem was why did it take them 4 days to fix it.
MyGoodPeople November 02, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Maybe Butler will offer some of his 10million dollar bonus to keep costs down? Not likely.
Peggy Freeman November 03, 2011 at 09:42 AM
To hear that CLP had not paid outside contracotrs who came to help for Irene yet - and that was why there was so little help in unbeliveable, but clearly added to the problem. What if no one from Oxford paid the bill next month to CLP?? I think it is high time we bid out to get on another grid to keep this from happening. And it will happen again and again this winter. People without jobs, are out there putting generators on credit cards, buying extra gas they cannot afford.... People dying due to misuse of generators. This is no longer a blog type of issue. 10's of thousands of dollars of spoiled food will be thrown out this week. It is wasteful and shameful. Do you think FEMA, or CLP or anyone else is going to write you a check for all of this? No way. The only time attention is paid is when it hits the court system, or the wallet. Truly a sad state of affairs. Yes, it was no ones fault that the weather happened. But we as a WHOLE town need to look at an alternative to CL&P - Put THAT out for a town referendum and let's see how many people show up....

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