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Malloy Says He Knows Power Outages are Taxing Residents' Patience

In his second briefing of the day on the hurricane's aftermath, Malloy suggested that residents and town leaders be more patient with the recovery effort from the historic storm.

 

More utility resources are heading to the state to help ongoing cleanup and power restoration efforts, crews that will be directed to areas still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said this afternoon in his latest briefing on the storm's aftermath.

Malloy said he knows some residents and town leaders are getting frustrated with the pace of the recovery in their towns and with the ongoing power outages. He said he understands the growing anticipation but suggested greater patience.

“Crews are working hard to clean up and working hard to restore power. But I also know people who don’t have power are beginning to lose patience. Trust me, I get it. The utilities will have estimates tomorrow on when all power will be restored. I will do my best to hold them accountable to the people of Connecticut.

“We had in many parts of our state, the equivalent of a category 4 (hurricane). We saw roads that were washed out, homes that were washed away. We’re going to be at this for a while. At the same time, we’re going to drive everyone on our team … to do as much as they can and as quickly as they can.”

William Quinlan, a senior vice president for CL&P, said the company has restored power to 350,000 customers so far, with about 325,000 remaining in the dark.

Malloy said he and Wyman traveled around the state again today assessing damage from the hurricane. He said they also visited with crews working to restore power and that they were “both heartened and impressed by how hard people are working and how resilient the people of Connecticut are.”

Malloy also reiterated a point he made in his morning briefing today: The decision on whether to allow Halloween trick-or-treating is one that the state can’t make.

“It’s a local call and local officials know they are the people who control what’s going on in their communities.”

Other highlights from the governor’s briefing included:

  • The number of cases of carbon monoxide poisonings has risen to 11 so far. Malloy again stressed that anyone cooking or heating with a combustible source, such as a propane heater or grill, must vent it to the outside.
  • Businesses and municipalities in the four counties that have been declared a federal disaster area, Middlesex, Fairfield, New Haven and New London, must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency before seeking benefits. They can register by calling 800.622.3362 or 800. 462.7585 for the hearing impaired. They can also visit www.ct.gov/sandy for more information.
  • Residents are beginning to call the state requesting to volunteer to help those impacted by the storm. Malloy said they can visit www.ct.gov/sandy to find information on volunteering.
  • The Red Cross is reporting a shortfall of blood donations. Anyone wishing to donate blood can call 1-800-Redcross, or visit www.redcrossblog.org.
  • There are now 15 school district that will remain closed tomorrow and 13 that have reported they will stay closed on Friday.
  • Malloy urged those who have gotten their power back but no cable or landline telephone service to call their providers and report the outage “because they won’t know if you are out unless you call.”
  • Metro-North rail service to and from New York City will resume tomorrow out of Stamford, but parking at that station is limited.
John S November 01, 2012 at 04:32 PM
It amazes me how spoon fed and simple people have become, if it weren't for google half of you probably could not tie your own shoes. Everything in this world is based off of instant gratification. Unfortunately "Power Now" is not an app available for download for your beloved iPads. It's funny how people speak of "surviving" when we are only on day three of power outages, give me a break. At least you have a roof over your head and a dry yard, which is more than most can say by the shoreline up and down the east coast. I'm sure any of you that are complaining do not have a loved one 30 foot off the ground in a bucket truck all day and night tirelessly working to bring back power for your microwaveable meals. Don't worry soon enough you and your children can plop down in front of your tv and watch the next big reality tv show. Here's a tip: instead of buying the latest and greatest iPhone put that money toward a generator.
Sue P. November 01, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Well said John.
Jim November 01, 2012 at 09:03 PM
@John S...well said we have become a country of whinning spoiled brats.. Thanks to the CL&P crews for a job well done....@sue p...WE AGREE...can you believe it????
George Lazare November 02, 2012 at 12:44 AM
@ sharon.pealer..I have paid attention to all the issues from Irene etc that you refere to. You have absolutely no idea of what you are talking about.. You refere to a promise from state govt that this would not happen again. You complain about the electric rates.... Mother nature doesnt care about any of this...Last time I checked MOTHER NATURE was in charge whenever SHE wanted to be...and yet you choose to believe the politicians in HARTFORD..." THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN"..Comparing NPU to CL&P is frankly ASSININE...BTW our rates are high but so are everybody elses...Sharon, you sound like a whinning teenager that has no concept about what it takes to provide you with power for your means(whatever it is) to get on the internet and whine like a baby...At 55 years old you should have learned more and know better..BTW I have lived in CT all my life @ Debbie ..Well said I totally agree with you
Sharon Pealer November 02, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Tom Jameson, I am referring to the response from the utilities. Many towns are now reporting that they are not getting the coverage that they are reported to be getting. Those of us in the harder hit towns knew that. We were told that response would be improved. Three days after the storm, one truck and one tree trimmer is not appropriate especially in a town that has reported problems with the sewage treatment facility. You can call me whatever you want, but when even the Governor says there is a problem with stories that do not match I will stand on my comments.

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