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UI Hopes to Restore Power to Half by End of Day Friday

The company said they are ahead of schedule. The company estimates to be able to restore power to 95 percent of customers by Monday at 11:59 p.m.

United Illuminating believes they can restore electricity to 35,000-40,000 customers by the end of today, cutting the amount of current outages approximately in half.      

As of 10:30 a.m., 73,000 — and 22 percent — of UI customers were without electricity due to widespread damage by Hurricane Sandy. During the peak of the hurricane’s damage, 200,000 UI customers in the Bridgeport and New Haven areas were without electricity.

James Torgeson, CEO of United Illuminating Holdings, said the company exceeded its goal of restoring electricity to 20,000-25,000 customers on Thursday when the lights were turned on for 27,000 customers.

The projection of restoring power to 95 percent of customers by 11:59 p.m. on Monday is still the goal.

“We still believe that will be the case,” Torgeson said at a 10 a.m. press conference at UI’s headquarters in Orange. “Hopefully we’ll do better than that.”

Torgeson said that the company’s employees worked until midnight on Thursday and started at 6 a.m. on Friday. “We’re working as hard as we can.”

UI issued these safety reminders in a press release:

  • Assume downed, damaged or dangling power lines are live and dangerous.
  • Avoid anything in which these power lines might be in contact, such as trees or fences.
  • Keep children and pets indoors and away from danger.
  • Be mindful of the smell of natural gas.
Ginger DeMatteo November 02, 2012 at 06:53 PM
UI came and restored only part of my street, then left. I called and they first told me that my whole street had power. I politely explained that no, me and about 8 other neighbors still had no power. Then, they told me we were on a different grid. Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever that they would restore most of the street and leave a few. Finish one job before moving on. Totally incompetant.
Nelia November 02, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Our street is considered a state road or parallel to a state road and has not been mentioned or even had a truck on it once. Why is a busy intersection using stop signs and jeopardizing life's instead of restoring it first. Forbes Ave and Kimberly Ave in East Haven. Pay attention.
Ginger DeMatteo November 02, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Nelia, I went that way today, and you are right!! People going straight on Rt 1 aren't even slowing down, never mind stopping like the law says they have to when a traffic light is out. Way to dangerous!!
Gene Ruocco November 02, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Trucks in Foxon today, Cortina Road , Thomas Ct. , Bennett Rd. now have power.
Bonnie Therrien November 02, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Please make sure that when you mention power issues or Comcast issues that you give your street name so I can report it to the UI Representatives tomorrow. Thank you. I am glad some people had power come back on tonight. Bonnie Therrien, Interim Town Manager
Christopher Schaefer November 03, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Rosa DeLauro: Disaster strikes. DeLauro suddenly appears, getting free photo ops, to tell residents “Submit insurance claims to get reimbursed”. And for this? YOU pay her an annual salary of $174,000. http://RosaDeLauroExposed.wordpress.com/
Richard Poulton November 03, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Gene, glad to here you back up and running. Same here, Friday 4 PM. Hey Gene, what do think about the news stories where members of IBEW in certain areas in I think Virginia, were turning away electrical line crews who drove up from Alabama to help were turned away and told to go home for they were not "card" carrying union members? Were told to work they needed to joing the local union. Thats bad. It's all over the net and made national news. The volunteer crews went back home.

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