Connecticut Light & Power
Gov. Dan Malloy says four Connecticut counties that include the state’s battered shoreline have been declared disaster areas by the federal government.
The governor said Superstorm Sandy is over and the state has now begun the process of assessing damage and getting lives back to normal.
At a news conference, Malloy urged anyone trapped in their home by water to move to the highest point possible. That includes the roof for those in single-floor homes, Malloy said.
For the state’s utilities, the storm could be the biggest test since the October 2011 snowstorm that left hundreds of thousands without power for days. And to those looking to enjoy Halloween, it could mean a repeat of last year.
Tri-State Area officials are bracing for a gale-force storm that’s expected to hit most of the East Coast next week.
Connecticut Light & Power said it is still working to restore power to 100 customers. Earlier Monday, virtually every home and business in Greenwich was without power.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Long Island Power Authority reported that 130 of its customers are without power, most of which reside in Hempstead, Oyster Bay and North Hempstead.
On Thursday, it will be very hot and humid with a high near the record of 97, last reached in 1988, according to AccuWeather. RealFeel temperatures are expected to be between 100 and 105 on Thursday.
Connecticut’s Attorney General wants the state’s two major utilities to pay for what he called a failure to plan for and adequately respond to last year’s major storms.
The report said nearly three-quarters of the transmission line outages occurred when trees fell onto power lines, and that many of the trees are beyond utilities’ rights-of-way.
The hot and humid summer weather is just around the corner and CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross said the system has been boosted to meet demand.
After last year’s severe weather brought down many trees, which took down many power lines, Connecticut Light & Power has stepped up its tree trimming efforts, but not everyone is on board.
Northeast Utilities has agreed to a rate credit for customers, a separate rate freeze for distribution costs, $300 million for system improvements and other demands by Connecticut in exchange for state approval of the utility’s proposal to buy Boston-based NStar.
In the severe weather of 2011, many power outages were caused when trees and branches came down and knocked out the utility lines. Now, tree trimming has begun.
Connecticut Light & Power customers who lost power for a week or more following the October 29th snowstorm of 2011 will be receiving a credit on their February bill.