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Connecticut Storm Response Panel Meeting To Discuss CL&P’s Response To Irene, Snowstorm

A damaged utility line is seen following the feak snowstorm - West Hartford, CT - Nov 7, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

A damaged utility line is seen following the feak snowstorm – West Hartford, CT – Nov 7, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880/AP) - The panel created to investigate the response to both Tropical Storm Irene and the October snowstorm is meeting Tuesday in Connecticut.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

Among those testifying before Gov. Dan Malloy’s “Two Storm Committee” is Scott Slifka, the mayor of West Hartford.

West Hartford was just one of the towns in the state that was hit hard with a near total loss of power that took ten to 13 days to restore after the snowstorm.

Mayor Slifka says it’s critical that Connecticut Light & Power dispense honest assessments to city and town leaders to help them plan adequately.

“Even if it’s bad news, that’s information that we need to know from the outset instead of largely doing this on the fly,” Slifka told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is asking utility regulators to include a management audit as part of its review of CL&P’s storm preparedness.

Officials from Connecticut Light and Power and The United Illuminating Co. will be among the first speakers at the meeting. Representatives from AT&T and Verizon Wireless are also expected.

At its peak, more than 830,000 CL&P businesses and homes were out of power following the October snowstorm.

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