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Connecticut ‘Two Storm Panel’ Begins Announcing Recommendations

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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) - The ‘Two Storm Panel’ is still investigating how to avoid a repeat of what happened after Tropical Storm Irene and the freak October snowstorm.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

One of the remedies expected to be implemented now before a serious winter storm hits is outlined by Joe McGee, who co-chairs Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy’s panel.

“There’s got to be an enhanced tree trimming program. I mean there’s just a lot of damaged trees that didn’t come down that need to be trimmed. So, that’s one right off the bat. That’s gotta get done right away,” McGee told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “I think training, preparing for these storms more effectively is clearly going to be a recommendation and can be implemented right away.”

At the end of the week, Witt Associates, the consulting firm hired by Malloy to investigate storm response, will report its findings.

The Washington, DC-based firm focused on storm response by Connecticut’s two utilities – Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating. Areas for improvement are expected to be outlined.

As to reports claiming unpaid bills to contractors delayed response to the storm by out-of-state crews, CL&P says only a small number of bills submitted were held for review and did not impact storm response.

What do you have to say about the response to the storms in Connecticut? Sound off in the comments section below!

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