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Eversource Cites 'Steady Progress' In Restoring Power To Hardest Hit Areas

Eversource officials investigating some of the hardest hit areas in the area.
Eversource officials investigating some of the hardest hit areas in the area. Photo Credit: Contributed

Eversource’s “army of crews” is making “steady progress” as they continue to restore power to customers in areas of Northern Fairfield County nearly a week after a storm rocked the region.

The storm that struck on Tuesday, May 15, uprooting trees and downing utility poles has left thousands without power in Connecticut, as 6,238 outages were still being reported on Monday.

In Brookfield, 2,061 Eversource customers remain without power, as well as 1,536 in New Fairfield and 461 in Danbury.

Power has been restored to all public schools in Brookfield, but the schools will remain closed until Wednesday because of what the district described as "multiple stretches of dangerous roadway and unsafe bus stops."

Bethel, which was among the hardest hit areas, has just one customer still being affected by outages. Since the storm hit, Eversource has restored power to nearly 150,000 homes and businesses, according to officials.

In total, 6,393 outages were reported statewide as of 10:15 a.m. on Monday morning. Power restoration is expected to be completed by midnight on Monday statewide.

Eversource officials said that if “customers don’t have power but their neighbors do, they should call the company to determine if they need additional repairs to the service line that connects to their home.” In some instances, customers in the hardest-hit communities will be unable to have electric service restored due to the extent of damage to their homes or businesses. Lineworkers are going to each of those locations to assess what additional equipment may be required to make repairs.

“This is arduous work, clearing more than 425 roads blocked by trees tangled with our lines, replacing more than 1,800 broken poles and installing nearly 300 miles of downed electric lines - that’s more downed lines than we had to replace after Superstorm Sandy,” Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations in Connecticut Michael Hayhurst said in a statement. “Our crews are doing a tremendous job under extremely difficult conditions. We have veteran lineworkers who have been on the job more than 30 years and they’ve never seen damage like they’re finding in those hard-hit communities.”

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