Rell questions CL&P's storm response
HARTFORD -- Citing Monday's visits to storm-ravaged Stamford and Greenwich neighborhoods, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell has called for a probe into storm response by the state's two largest utilities, Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating Company.
"CL&P and UI frankly did not get rave reviews," Rell told reporters during a press conference following a Tuesday morning meeting of the state Bond Commission at the capitol.
Rell said she has heard too many complaints about first responders getting either voicemail or having their calls go unanswered when they sought to contact the utilities over the weekend.
The governor said there are also reports there were not enough utility crews dispatched for clean up.
She told reporters she has asked the state departments of Public Utility Control and Emergency Management to review communications problems and also pull the crew work orders for Saturday and Sunday.
She said she understands if crews that were out for hours needed time to rest, but that she wants to make sure the utilities had as much manpower as possible focused on restoring power to the nearly 100,000 homes and businesses impacted by the storm.
She said she is also urging municipal leaders to keep close track of clean-up expenses should there be federal funds available for reimbursement.
Rell spent Monday morning in lower Fairfield County.
"I was not shocked, but I have not seen that kind of damage in our state," she said. "To see the damage I saw yesterday in Stamford and again Greenwich was just mind-boggling."