Report by Paula Antolini
March 9, 2018 7:18AM EDT
Eversource Restoring Power for Thousands after 2nd Nor’easter Batters Connecticut
Substantial damage will take multiple days to repair
BERLIN, Conn. (March 8, 2018) – Eversource line and tree crews are working non-stop alongside dozens of out-of-state crews to repair the destruction caused by the heavy, wet snow and high winds that hit Connecticut Wednesday afternoon. The damage caused by the storm is extensive and widespread leaving hundreds of broken poles and thousands of feet of downed power lines around the state. Eversource crews are working directly with communities to clear hundreds of blocked roads, while assessing damage and restoring power to more than 133,000 homes and businesses since the storm began.
Friday, the company expects to announce a statewide estimated time of restoration, when the majority of customers will be restored, with town-by-town restoration estimates shared by the end of the day tomorrow.
“This was a real one-two punch and we realize the impact this storm is having on customers, especially those who lost power in the March 2nd storm,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations Mike Hayhurst. “The heavy wet snow weighing down trees already weakened from last week’s storm did significant damage to the electric system around the state and it will take days to complete the major work required to restore power. Our crews will continue working around the clock until every customer is restored.”
The company urges customers to always stay clear of downed wires and to report them immediately to 9-1-1. They should also report an outage online at www.eversource.com, or by calling 800-286-2000.
Additionally, customers who are without power and plan to use a generator are reminded to be sure the generator is located well away from their home or business and that the transfer switch is working properly.
Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns and provides natural gas to 229,000 customers in 73 communities in Connecticut. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCT) and Facebook