Eversource: Hundreds of crews arrive for weekend restoration effort

Eversource reports that as of Friday night, nearly 1,200 crews – including mutual aid from out-of-state – continue to work to repair widespread damage to the electrical system in Connecticut.

The utility said they have identified about 172 miles of downed wire to be repaired, which is the approximate distance from Hartford to Philadelphia.

“We know how urgently those still out need power back – especially right now given the pandemic and hot summer weather. We will not rest until this restoration is complete,” Eversource said in an update.

Hundreds of crews arrived in Connecticut on Friday, Aug 7 to assist Eversource with restoration efforts following Tropical Storm Isaias, which caused widespread damage on Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020. Photo: Eversource

The 1,200 crews represented an increase of about 500 crews from Thursday. The utility pledged to bring in all available and necessary resources to get people back in power.

As announced late Thursday, all restorations will be “substantially complete” by Tuesday at 11:59pm. Substantially complete means fewer than 1% of customers are still without power. Most customers will be back in power sooner.

Eversource is coordinating with the Connecticut National Guard to assist with road clearing.

“If customers lose power today, please understand it may be a necessary step to safely make the repairs needed to restore service to many more impacted customers,” Eversource said in their update.

In Greenwich, as of Saturday morning, 22.48% customers remained without power, which is 6,347 out of 28,236.

Across the state, as of Saturday morning, out of 1,281,259 customers, 291,712 are effected, which represents 22.77% of customers.

Eversource said crews are working around the clock to repair the extensive damage to the electric system caused by this devastating tropical storm.

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Eversource Estimates Restoration to be “Substantially Complete” Tuesday 11:59pm