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CL&P gives updates on power restoration

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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Officials from Connecticut Light & Power and Northeast Utilities spoke about the restoration of power since Hurricane Sandy at a work center in Waterbury on Monday afternoon.

"We are making very good progress on restoration process," said CL&P's Senior vice president of emergency preparedness Bill Quinlan during the press conference.

CL&P officials said it hopes to have 98 percent of its customers back online by Tuesday. On Monday, the utility company had already achieved its goal.

During the peak of the storm, there were about 500,000 customers without power and as of 2 p.m., there were 21,419 customers, or 1 percent, without power.

Quinlan said "substantial" numbers of customers have had power restored in three regions of its territories: northern, eastern and central.

"We are not going to let up," he said even though the company had met its goal.

There are more than 3,000 line workers and 1,500 tree workers in state. During the restoration, more than 1,000 utility poles were restored, 100 miles of wires were restrung and 2,000 transformers were repaired.

"I never seen tree damage like this," said Northeast Utilities President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. May, who attended the press conference and visited some of the hardest hit areas.

May was in Greenwich on Sunday and spoke with residents, who were still without power. He thanked them for being patient with restoration.

"The job is not complete until we have every customer back online," May said.

Quinlan told the media Monday that several systems had to be rebuilt. High winds and tree damage lead to heavy restoration effort in south east Connecticut.

However, the company did not experience any major flooding or damage to any CL&P substations. There were 11 transmission line outages.

Quinlan said having crews in place before the storm helped the restoration efforts and get roads cleared quicker for emergency crews.

"The morale (of CL&P crews) is really great out there," he said.

To check out the outage map from CL&P, click here.

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