Sunday, August 28, 2011

Statement By CL&P Regarding Restoration Of Power.


Priority will be making areas safe, opening roads and assessing damage

MEDIA CONTACT:CL&P Communications
Office:(860) 665-5670
After Hours:(800) 789-2290
BERLIN, Conn. - August 28, 2011 - 

With the remnants of Hurricane Irene leaving Connecticut, about 800 CL&P and contractor line and tree crews from as far away as Florida, Ohio and Michigan are now being deployed to start the restoration process. At the peak, the storm left more than 622,000 CL&P customers without power. This sets a record, surpassing the 477,000 CL&P customers who lost power from Hurricane Gloria in 1985.
"In preparing for this hurricane, we were able to more than double the size of our workforce, said Jeff Butler, CL&P president and chief operating officer. Now that it is safe for our crews to be out, we're able to mobilize all of our available resources. At the same time, we continue trying to get additional crews to expedite our efforts."
Crews will be responding to priority calls and cutting the power to downed lines to make areas safe. Restoring power to critical customers such as hospitals, police and fire departments will be a top priority. We will also be working closely with town public works crews to clear roads for emergency vehicles and so our crews can assess the damage and begin making repairs.
Later this evening, we will adjust our work schedules to ensure restoration efforts continue around the clock with a majority of our workforce working during daylight hours.
"The damage from this storm was unprecedented and the restoration process may take a week or longer in some areas," said Butler. "We ask for and appreciate the understanding and patience of our customers during this difficult process."
In the meantime, CL&P is reminding customers to:
  • Stay at least 10 feet away from all wires! Assume any downed, hanging or burning power lines are live and dangerous. If a power line falls on your vehicle while you're inside, stay there. Don't touch anything outside the vehicle and wait for emergency crews. Call 9-1-1 immediately with any emergency condition.
  • To report outages or check the status of an outage, visit or call 800-286-2000. Our automated phone and online systems can rapidly process your report and help us speed restoration efforts.
  • Check your generator. Make sure it has been properly installed by a licensed electrician. Improperly installed generators can feed electricity back into power lines and pose a deadly situation for line and emergency restoration workers. Always operate generators outdoors to avoid carbon monoxide hazards.
For helpful tips and news updates, go to our website at, follow us on Twitter@CTLightandPower and like us at You can also get updates on outages in your town by texting "outage" then a space, and your zip code to 24612 (texting fees may apply).

The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) has been part of everyday life in Connecticut for more than 100 years, providing safe and reliable electric service to homes, neighborhoods and businesses. With 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns, CL&P is improving the environments you live in, by offering programs in energy conservation, economic development and environmental stewardship. CL&P is a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @CTLightandPower.
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Irene Weakens But Is On Track.

Hurricane Irene made landfall this morning at the Outer Banks of North Carolina and has continued its march up the East Coast.

A dry slot has worked into the storm causing the eye to erode and the storm to weaken to a Category 1. However, you should continue to prepare for a serious event.

Even has a Tropical Storm, 40-50 mph sustained winds over a period of 5 to 6 hours will do significant damage to our area and cause many trees to come down resulting in power loss.

Rain started in Danbury at 8:37 am. It will increase in intensity for the rest of the day, expect tropical force winds (20-40 mph) to arrive by this evening.

By the way, there are no "D" size batteries in a 500 mile radius..

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Latest On Irene.

Most models are in alignment for a direct hit of the storm in the center of the state. The question for us now is not whether Irene will hit us, it will be how intense of a storm will it be when it makes landfall.

Over night data shows a slowing of wind speed to 110 mph even though the pressure of the storm has dropped. We are still on track for a significant event over the weekend, just not sure if the storm will intensify today or continue to weaken.

Regardless, get your shopping done today and tonight. Complete all preparations for the storm by Saturday at 6 pm.

I will have a update later in the day for you.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

All Eyes On Irene.

Hurricane Irene's track has taken a disturbing turn to the west. This puts a potential landfall in Connecticut likely. Should the storm continue on its current path, the City of Danbury will sit on the western side of the storm. This could result in a tremendous amount of rainfall on Sunday into Sunday night. 

This is a very fluid situation and you should pay attention to radio and to the tv for the latest up to date information on the storm.

You should take this storm seriously. The ground is saturated, and additional rain fall will result in significant flooding as well as trees falling knocking out power lines.

I have ordered our emergency planning to begin, and our Public Works Dept. will begin cleaning catch basins etc.

Are we sounding the alarm? You bet. Better to prepare for the worst, than be caught off guard.

Stay tuned.

Monday, August 8, 2011

S&P Downgrade is About Much More Than Money.

Friday night's surprise downgrade by the credit rating agency Standard and Poor's from "AAA" to "AA+" has hit our country in a deeply profound way - and has caused panic in the Obama Administration. This past weekend the Administration was busy trying to dispel the importance of this action - mainly because they were concerned of its impact on the economy.

But the action of the administration misses the mark. The downgrade will be about the stock market and the economy in the short term, but in the long term the action by S&P has damaged the psyche of our country and our business community.

American exceptionalism has been questioned, and now, an independent agency, has said that we are no longer the gold standard in the world economy.

This has done and will do tremendous damage to our fundamental belief in the system that has served us for the last 200 years.

Once the foundation that our economic system is built on is questioned, the belief that this country can do anything, be anything, and accomplish anything, is greatly diminished. Once the foundation of our economic system is questioned, the American Dream becomes a ghost for Americans, something that once was, but does not exist for future generations.

So what the should the President do? While government cannot run the economy, the President needs to focus on the economy - not on health care or any other issue, the singular American issue is job creation. He should fire his senior economic staff, reconstitute his economic team, and speak to the American people about his renewed focus - his presidency, and the future of our nation, is at stake.

Finally, the President should cancel his vacation(s) and ask the Congress to cancel its summer recess. Americans are not getting vacations, our leaders should not rest until the American people can rest.

The Republicans should recognize this for what it is and what it has been for the last three years. A crisis that strikes to the very heart of our country. Stay away from being the party that dances on the grave of our dreams (although it's OK to have policy differences) and provide positive pro-growth solutions.

Both sides should not engage in finger pointing and laying blame,  there will be time for that later.

The downgrade has been a tremendous blow to the psyche of the United States. This is about so much more than our ability to pay our bills or an election, it's about who we are as a people and as a nation - the toughest kid on the block, the place were dreams happen, the country where anything is possible.

Mr. President, Congress, get to work..