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UPDATE: 63 Percent of Oxford CL&P Customers Without Power

CL&P says it is doing all it can to restore power to residents in a timely fashion.

Updated at 9:19 p.m. Monday

Sixty three percent Connecticut Light & Power customers in Oxford are without power as of 9:19 p.m.

Power was out to 3,334 customers in Oxford; there are 5,276 customers in town. 

Statewide, 476,653 CL&P customers, or 38 percent of those in Connecticut, were without power.

That number may very well rise as Hurricane Sandy continues to hammer the region overnight.

Roughly every town in the state is seeing outages in some capacity, with the bulk of the power issues being seen in several coastal communities ranging from Branford to Stonington. Pockets of the state in the Quiet Corner and the Litchfield Hills are also in the dark.

Statewide, there are more than 500,000 people without power. 

CL&P Spokesman Mitch Gross said that, despite the high winds, there are crews out working on emergency restoration efforts right now.

“We’re at work handling as many issues as we can, while it’s still safe,” Gross said.

Federal regulations require that utility workers not be in the air working on power lines when wind speeds hit 40 mph. But Gross said that, since winds haven’t hit that threshold as of yet, there still are trucks in the CL&P system out on the road.

Some workers have been pulled off the lines in certain areas of the state, such as parts of Litchfield County, due to higher winds, Gross said.

In a message sent out to CL&P customers, the company reinforced that, if the power does go out, it may not return for an extended period of time.

If you experience an outage, please call 800-286-2000 or go to www.cl-p.com (via PC or mobile device) to report it.

“It's important that you report an outage even if you think your neighbors may have already reported it,” the message read. “The more information we have, the better we are able to improve our assessment of damage and make repairs.”

Bonnie October 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I really hope it's not a week again! We've got the generator going, no Internet nor phone through Comcast. Thank god for directv! I'm sorry to my neighbors for starting the generator at 6am, my husband had to go to work and he can't shower because of the well pump. Also, I was going nutty without coffee and the news!
Ken Duval November 01, 2012 at 03:47 PM
OXFORD TEAM...at this time I wish to thank the Oxford Team for making a bad situation from becoming worse.I can't thank everyone because there are so many.Just to name a few are Wayne Watt with his small crew did and still is doing a job far beyond the call of duty.Let's not forget Scott Pelletier and all his volunteers who i can't even describe what a wonderful job they are doing, also Sarge of the State Police and all his men.Let's not forget George Temple who was monitoring everything at all times even calling residents.This would not have went so well without the full cooperation of each department working together.Kenny D.43 Christion Street
Justin Che Wilkin November 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Bonnie: I've got the power. As my father said on Tuesday to other comments, he said our power has been out for a couple hours. However, it had tripped several times hat afternoon. And it went out for a quarter of a second or so at about 4:15 in the morning on Tuesday or so.

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