Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he is happy number of power outages are down following Hurricane Sandy, however he added a full review of the utility companies will be conducted by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.
As of 5 p.m., there are still more than 25,000 customers without power. There are 5,992 United Illuminating customers or 1.87 percent without power. There are 17,240 Connecticut Light & Power customers or 1 percent without power.
Malloy said it is important to capture the lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, but he believes the state was better prepared this time.
With the possibility of a nor'easter hitting the East Coast, Malloy said his staff is monitoring the storm.
"The state emergency operations center will be open for the foreseeable future at full activation level," Malloy said during a press conference at the State Capitol in Hartford Monday evening.
The governor also announced the opening of three additional mobile Disaster Recovery Centers. The new centers are in Milford, Guilford and Stonington to join ones in Bridgeport, Greenwich, Groton, New Haven and Old Saybrook.
"Registering with FEMA and making your way to one of these centers can be the first step to getting life back to normal for many of our residents," Malloy said.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano approved additional federal assistance for debris removal and FEMA has allocated more than $1 million to Connecticut residents in the affected areas of New London, New Haven, Fairfield and Middlesex counties.
"As we continue to work to get the state back to normal following this devastating storm, this additional assistance will help our recovery efforts," Malloy said.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said all of the polling locations have had their power restored, but two locations in different parts of the state have been moved because of the massive flooding by Hurricane Sandy.
The new locations for voting are:
Bridgeport: The Aquaculture School
New London: The Harbor School
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will issue automatic, mass replacements of benefits to SNAP households for Connecticut residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. The time has been extended for Connecticut SNAP recipients to report loss of food and request more replacements through their benefits.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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