BERLIN, Conn. – August 6, 2012 - CL&P is wrapping up its Greenwich restoration after more than 30,000 customers were affected by a tree-related power outage earlier today. Customers who are still without power after 8 p.m. are asked to call CL&P Customer Care at 800-286-2000 to report your outage or hear a restoration estimate.
“There is no better argument for having an aggressive tree-trimming and tree removal program,” said Jim Muntz, president of Connecticut Light and Power. “We appreciate property owners who are cooperative as we assess and remove dangerous trees outside our right-of-way.”
CL&P doubled its tree-trimming efforts for 2012 to increase system reliability. The company is also helping to lead the efforts of a statewide vegetation task force.
More than 30,000 customers in Greenwich and Stamford lost power at about 10 a.m. today when a single tree came in contact with two high-voltage transmission lines in close proximity to local railroad service. By 1 p.m., the tree was removed and by 2 p.m. rail service was restored, easing concerns about the evening commute. As of 8 p.m., CL&P remained focused on restoring power to approximately 100 customers in Greenwich.
“We recognize the significance of this situation and sincerely thank our customers for their patience and understanding,” Muntz added. “We also thank town, state and railroad officials for their support in coordinating a safe, efficient restoration.”