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Blumenthal: CL&P response to outages inadequate

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Sen. Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to Jeffery Butler, president and COO of Connecticut Light & Power on Friday urging the company to use whatever means necessary to restore power to the remaining customers left in the dark after Tropical Storm Irene.

"As I traveled the state this week meeting with state officials, first responders, mayors, residents and small business owners, I've heard loud and clear the concern that your company did not do enough to prepare or respond, and is not doing enough work now to restore power. I share these concerns. Among the most common complaints are your lack of communication and absence of timelines for restoring service, and disregard for priorities set by local officials' health and safety," Blumenthal wrote in the letter.

In the letter, Blumenthal also expressed concern over reports that CL&P could introduce rate hikes to help recover from losses.

In the letter, Blumenthal said, "I urge CL&P to immediately and publicly disavow and abandon this idea and assure the people of Connecticut that they will not be forced to bear this additional burden."

More than 800,000 utility customers were left in the dark after Irene swept through the area on Sunday.

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