Reporting Fran Schneidau
HARTFORD, CT (AP / WCBS 880) - Connecticut’s two utilities are bracing for the next round of winter, an ice storm that could bring down power lines and cause outages.
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Mitch Gross, spokesman for Connecticut Light & Power, said the state’s largest utility is watching Wednesday’s forecast for the ice storm. He says 175 crews have been asked to bring in extra clothing and are ready for emergencies.
Gross said Connecticut Light & Power has been in touch with Western Massachusetts Electric Co. and Public Service of New Hampshire for a possible request for help. The three companies are subsidiaries of Northeast Utilities based in Hartford.
Anita Steeves, a spokeswoman for United Illuminating, said trucks are stocked and ready to go, the utility’s call center is on alert and more staff has been added to the operations center.
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