CL&P: Some Darienites may not have power until Wednesday
Utility crews are working to restore power to Darien, but it's going to take a few more days, according to Connecticut Light & Power spokesperson Al Lara.
"In total, we have about 57,800 customers out of power right now; 93 percent of them are in seven towns, and Darien is one of those towns," Lara said.
In terms of numbers, Darien has the sixth highest number of outages in the utility company's coverage, with 3,040 homes -- about 39 percent -- still in the dark as of 9:30 a.m. Monday. Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk and Westport top the list, followed by New Canaan, where more than half of residences are still without power.
"We have 60,000 less customers without power than we had a couple days ago, so we've been able to knock down the outages. We've been working 24/7 really, having crews out there 16 hours a day," Lara said. But despite that effort, it may take until Wednesday to restore power to many Darien residents, he said.
Lara said that Darienites who are still out of power should "keep in mind they might be without power for at least another couple days."
"You see all the trees down, and that's the thing that's hampering the restoration, is clearing the tree damage," Lara said. "It's really historic damage.
"We're doing everything we can to try to mitigate this and make sure we can restore things as soon as possible. The whole idea of it is doing it safely; it's a pretty dangerous situation," he said.
The conditions have been so dangerous that the utility company pulled its crews off the road on Saturday night. But they were back to work Sunday morning, according to Lara.
"Right now there are 225 crews on the road. There will be about 250 in the afternoon -- about 120 of those crews are mutual aid assistance from other utility companies," Lara said. "There were about 450,000 people out of power between Pennsylvania and Connecticut. And we're somewhat fortunate in that we're on the edge of that area, so where other utility companies aren't able to get assistance from neighboring companies, we are."
CL&P is receiving help from companies in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Quebec, he said. Additionally, as power switches on in other parts of the state, more crews are available to come to Southwest Connecticut.
"You can't measure a restoration like this against traditional restorations, where it's just a line or a pole down. This is much more widespread damage," he said. "If our lines are underneath trees, then it's a matter of clearing the damage first before we can erect the lines."
He cautions residents to treat all downed wires as though they are energized, and to refrain from touching them.
"It's not just a matter of whether power if flowing into there from the distribution system; you never know when a neighbor has a generator going, and the power is flowing into the line," he said.