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Power Companies Say They Are Ready to Respond

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Connecticut Light and Power, the state’s largest power company, said it is prepared to respond to the blizzard.

The company has activated its emergency response plan, according to a statement from CL&P “and is prepared for any possible power outages as the predicted heavy, wet snow and high winds have the potential to bring trees down onto power lines.” 

A spokesperson from CL&P said almost 400 linemen are available on standby, along with tree workers and outside resources are ready to go. The company is prestaging employees across the state so they will be where they are needed to respond.

United Illuminating Company also said has already begun plans for how it will respond if power outages occur. 

A statement from the company said officials began watching the weather patterns as early as Wednesday. They have held internal meetings to begin preparations, secured several contractor crews and notified employees to be on alert in case they are needed for restoration efforts.

“It was just 7 days ago that we were discussing a wind storm and very quickly we’re watching out for a possible Nor’easter,” James P. Torgerson, UI’s president and chief executive officer said in a statement. “Our team knows what is needed and we are taking all necessary precautions to be prepared for any effects on our distribution system.”
 



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