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CL&P: 'Vast Majority' of Customers Will Be Restored by Monday or Tuesday

The utility still has 250,000 customers without power on Thursday morning, including about 1,700 in Oxford.

CL&P's projection for restoring the "vast majority" of its customers was "Monday or Tuesday," according to William Quinlan, a senior vice president for the utility.

"This is an estimate, it is not a guarantee," Quinlan said, adding that pockets of customers in particularly difficult areas would probably go beyond that date.

Quinlan said about 2 percent of customers would likely fall into that category.

The number of lineman being brought in from outside the company was expected to go from 1,080 on Wednesday to about 2,000 in the next several days, Quinlan said.

Of the thousands of "trouble spots" still left to repair, Quinlan said some of them involve trees on power lines but other — at least 1,000 — involve placing new poles.

"Our singular focus is on the 250,000 customers who remain without power," he said.

Kweder November 01, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I saw a tree crew/cherry picker driving on Chestnut Tree Hill Road this morning. I'm not certain if they were stopping or passing through. At least the numbers for Oxford are going down instead of up. Just under 700 restored between 4pm yesterday and 10am today. I assume that means that there IS a crew working in Oxford. It would be nice to have that confirmed.
John M. Joy November 01, 2012 at 02:23 PM
A crew with a new pole went up Cedar Lane a few minutes ago.
richard lang November 01, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I saw a crew near my street but I think they were having breakfast in a quite area..
Norman November 01, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Estimate of their estimate... yawn: EVERYONE I know personally still has no power!
Justin Che Wilkin November 01, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Norman: let's get a hang of this!
Tush November 01, 2012 at 04:04 PM
They may have 2,000 linemen, but no one to cut down trees and get them out of the way! THAT is the only reason we personally don't have power.
richard lang November 01, 2012 at 04:21 PM
NYC just announced power to be p by Friday Saturday the latest...yet were monday or tuesday....
Jenn G November 01, 2012 at 04:57 PM
We are a little town in Connecticut, we are not significant on the grand scheme of things.
CMG November 01, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I am thankful a tree didn't come crashing onto my house or that any of my family members weren't hurt. It's only been 3 days. It's an inconvenience, yes, but I think we need to have more patience.
ChristineJG November 01, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I saw two crews workin on lines today. Top of chestnut tree hill area. Both trucks had Alabama plates on them.
Oxford resident November 01, 2012 at 07:36 PM
a lot of people dont have power in oxford. everyone is complaining about having no power for 3 or 4 days. with hurricane irene, we were out of power for a week and a half and that was bad, especially for those who didnt have a genarator. Today; there are still people out of power and yet, the students are most likely going to be required to go to school tomorrow. Oxford can deal with not having power till monday or tuesday. the good thing is nobody got hurt during this storm.

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