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UI crews harassed by Fairfield residents

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FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

The police department and first selectman in Fairfield said they understand residents' frustrations with the slow response to power restoration. However, the two town departments are telling them to leave crews alone and allow them to work.

There are at least two incidents of United Illuminating workers being harassed by residents in Fairfield since crews started restoring power after Hurricane Sandy. One person even blocked a UI vehicle in.

The disturbances have forced crews to stop working and call officers for help, police said on their Facebook page Monday.

"Please allow UI crews to do their job and do not interfere so we can ensure full restoration as soon as possible," police said.

First Selectman Michael Tetreau asked residents and town departments to work with the UI crews to get the power restored quicker.

"It is important to keep in mind that the UI crews have been working all week in the rain, the wind, the cold and the dark to restore our power. They are here to help us," he said. "Let's help them do their job by letting them work. We need their help. We want their help and we should appreciate their efforts."

On Monday, there were more than 150 UI crews in Fairfield working to restore power. Tetreau said he just wants to know why they couldn't do that the day after.

"That's all time lost, we didn't have to wait 14 months from last storm to figure out 22,000 were no power, this is worst storm in our lifetime and to put one crew out there, it makes no sense."

At one busy commercial corridor in Fairfield, wires have not been touched, and that is one of the reasons that UI customers are upset.

Tom Black of Fairfield has been without power for a week; however, he has not lost patience with the utility company.

"It's been a little frustrating not having damage and being right in heart of downtown and still not having power and it's Monday," he said.

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