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CL&P Exec: Restoration Efforts Have Been 'Very Strong' [Updated]

Bill Quinlan, vice president of emergency management for CL&P, explained priorities for making repairs at a press briefing in Westport Saturday afternoon.

At a news conference Saturday, Bill Quinlan, vice president of emergency management for CL&P, said the pace of restoring power in Fairfield County after superstorm Sandy has been "very strong."

Speaking at a staging area for restoration crews and equipment in Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Quinlan said his company's quick response was due to having many resources in place before the storm struck.

Quinlan said his company's initial priority was to deal with public health and safety issues, including restoring power to hospitals. Beyond that, he said, the goal was to restore power to its customers "as quickly as we can.

The company intends to have power restored to all polling stations by Sunday so there is no impact on Tuesday's elections, he said.

Quinlan said CL&P's parent company, Northeast Utilities, has brought in crews from its Massachusetts company, so, "There's been a significant infusion of management, talent and resources, which is going to help us drive this restoration forward."

He said there a currently more than 3,000 line workers in the field and more 1,500 tree workers.

"We're going to continue to add resources necessary to conclude this just as quickly as possible for our customers," Quinlan said. He said CL&P forcecasts that restoration of power will be "substantially complete" by Monday or Tuesday.

Quinlan said a rumor that restoration crews are leaving Connecticut to work in New York and New Jersey are untrue. He said the public may see crews passing through Connecticut to work in those states, but none of the crews designated to work here will be leaving until restoration is complete.

ssw November 05, 2012 at 09:53 PM
We're #1!!! We're #1!!! i knew we could do it! new canaan now the worst in the state in % without power...we'd been battling local rivals weston and wilton, but we perservered and came out on top!!! state champs...again!
ssw November 05, 2012 at 10:07 PM
BTW, i spoke with two crews (one with 5 trucks, another with 5+) in NC today that were not active..'waiting for instructions', one of them had been told to stop work and await further instructions....all of them were happy to work, ready to get going and in the case of the one that was told to stand down, baffled why they were told to stop... that's ok on day 1, not day 7! this was the proof positive that coordination at the CL&P level is a joke. Operations center is mismanaged...year after year. Ultimately this is the responsibility of CL&P senior management. let the heads roll.
ssw November 05, 2012 at 10:11 PM
BTW, i spoke with two crews (one with 5 trucks, another with 5+) in NC today that were not active..'waiting for instructions', one of them had been told to stop work and await further instructions....all of them were happy to work, ready to get going and in the case of the one that was told to stand down, baffled why they were told to stop... that's ok on day 1, not day 7! this was the proof positive that coordination at the CL&P level is a joke. Operations center is mismanaged...year after year. Ultimately this is the responsibility of CL&P senior management. let the heads roll.
Patti G November 05, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Yes ssw. Agreed. New Canaan the biggest loser. So how about everyone call CL&P and demand the resignation of William Herdegern? How many of those calls do u think will be "recorded for training purposes"?
Patti G November 05, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Call 1-860-665-5000, speak the name William Herdegren, get his voicemail And leave a message that u are requesting his resignation. I just did. Power in numbers or be sure nothing changes. Thank you.

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