Malloy: Power Outages are Taxing Residents' Patience

In his second briefing of the day on the hurricane's aftermath, Malloy suggested that residents and town leaders be more patient with the recover effort from the historic storm.


More utility resources are heading to the state to help ongoing clean up and power restoration efforts, crews that will be directed to areas still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said this afternoon in his latest briefing on the storm's aftermath.

Malloy said he knows some residents and town leaders are getting frustrated with the pace of the recovery in their towns and with the ongoing power outages. He said he understands the growing anticipation but suggested greater patience.

“Crews are working hard to clean up and working hard to restore power. But I also know people who don’t have power are beginning to lose patience. Trust me, I get it. The utilities will have estimates tomorrow on when all power will be restored. I will do my best to hold them accountable to the people of Connecticut.

“We had in many parts of our state, the equivalent of a category 4 (hurricane). We saw roads that were washed out, homes that were washed away. We’re going to be at this for a while. At the same time, we’re going to drive everyone on our team … to do as much as they can and as quickly as they can.”

William Quinlan, a senior vice president for CL&P, said the company has restored power to 350,000 customers so far, with about 325,000 remaining in the dark.

Malloy said he and Wyman traveled around the state again today assessing damage from the hurricane. He said they also visited with crews working to restore power and that they were “both heartened and impressed by how hard people are working and how resilient the people of Connecticut are.”

Malloy also reiterated a point he made in his morning briefing today: The decision on whether to allow Halloween trick-or-treating is one that the state can’t make.

“It’s a local call and local officials know they are the people who control what’s going on in their communities.”

Other highlights from the governor’s briefing included:

  • The number of cases of carbon monoxide poisonings has risen to 11 so far. Malloy again stressed that anyone cooking or heating with a combustible source, such as a propane heater or grill, must vent it to the outside.
  • Businesses and municipalities in the four counties that have been declared a federal disaster area, Middlesex, Fairfield, New Haven and New London, must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency before seeking benefits. They can register by calling 800.622.3362 or 800. 462.7585 for the hearing impaired. They can also visit www.ct.gov/sandy for more information.
  • Residents are beginning to call the state requesting to volunteer to help those impacted by the storm. Malloy said they can visit www.ct.gov/sandy to find information on volunteering.
  • The Red Cross is reporting a shortfall of blood donations. Anyone wishing to donate blood can call 1-800-Redcross, or visit www.redcrossblog.org.
  • There are now 15 school district that will remain closed tomorrow and 13 that have reported they will stay closed on Friday.
  • Malloy urged those who have gotten their power back but no cable or landline telephone service to call their providers and report the outage “because they won’t know if you are out unless you call.”
  • Metro-North rail service to and from New York City will resume tomorrow out of Stamford, but parking at that station is limited.
SomeonesDad October 31, 2012 at 09:44 PM
People need to get a grip. WE LIVE IN A STATE FULL OF TREES!! What do you expect? The scale of damage is immense. And millions of people are impacted. Why does everyone act like someone can snap their fingers and fix it all in a day or so?
Karen Brewer October 31, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Well I think it's time we reassess our response to this stuff which I think cl&p has done. Redundant substations or underground lines really need to be looked at. I think people see other technology progressing at lightening speed and this seems like horse and buggy days by comparison.
Carole Heller October 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I haven't see any UI trucks around working in town. Disconcerting. Also the word I have gotten is Bridgeport Station won't be up until Nov 5. They said if they shut down they could be up in a few hours. Too many mixed messages. Defy creditbility.
sebastian dangerfield October 31, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Dad-- I think that people are capable of understanding what occurred. And they also are apparently more capable of you, of understand the immense effort that someone like Malloy makes in trying to dramatize this storm, as a way of masking his team's lame organization. Case in point he is quoted above as saying this is equivalent of a category 4 storm, No. Period . It isnt. Want to know why? Because a category 4 storm has higher winds. Saying it's worse doesnt make it worse--it just highlights the fact that we have an idiot as a Governor. Let me try this out he is in office for 6 years--which is the equivalent of 17 years! See how dumb that sounds? You dont take numeric values and change them around to alter the perception. That's what politicians are used to doing, distorting, spinning, lying--but we need to stop accepting the nonsense so readily. And pushing back against their less than adequate governing style. We have had 3 storms in 14 months of similar impact-and the change from storm 1 to now storm 3 is not so dissimilar--
John Moore November 01, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I'm with Karen Brewer. It's 2012 and all the lines are above ground in this tree heavy state? This is comical - how many billions will be lost due to outages that continue to occur every year, and worse and worse? Burying the lines will be a tremendous and costly undertaking, but pale in comparison to what we have and will continue to go through if we remain in the past with our "technology"
Darren O'Meara November 01, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I come from Scotland where we get regular bad weather as I think most people know (Scotland - wet and windy). 95% of power and communications lines are underground and its been that way for years. Have to agree with John Moore above! Everyone should just move to Scotland.
Darren O'Meara November 01, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Debra Ritchie November 01, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Burying utilites in high risk zones would have been a great use for stimulus dollars
Thomas Crafts November 01, 2012 at 11:33 AM
How about just cutting the obvious trees down. That would have helped.
John Weer November 01, 2012 at 01:08 PM
i like how Jaymie Stevenson has people putting sand back on the beach rather than clear some of the major roadways such as Mansfield -- think she just got to it last night. At least the sand is back where it belongs. These politicians pat themselves on the back and doing a terrible job prioritizing. At least she and other politicians think they are doing well. They will get at least their own vote.
CB November 01, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Karen---You are the voice of reason but that is too logical. What you said is great!! From your mouth to the electric companys ears! We have many unemployed. That would be a terrific long, term project to put people back to work.
Amo Probus November 01, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Ironic to hear Malloy use the word "taxing" to describe a debilitating storm....
Jimmy Pursey November 01, 2012 at 02:59 PM
We also need to address Luca's less than adequate posting style.
Siwanoy November 01, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I just came from Weed Beach, 3 trucks and 5 town workers were there cleaning up the sand on the playground...
Ken MacCallum November 01, 2012 at 10:00 PM
In the past two weeks, CL&P tree crews cut trees along the Town right of way in Nod Hill Road in north Wilton - about 10 to 12 feet on either side of the road. They also cut trees on Mountian Road. Guiess what? There were numerous trees down, all of which were on private property; the worst damage I saw form this stormm was on Mountain Raod, with about 300 feet of linein one section down with at least two poles and nuymerous trees. Cutting trees along the righr of way is a great first step, and will reduce the liklihood of trees falling, but unless you cut every tree whiochis witin 60 or 80 feet from power lines along roads, there will still be outages. 72 hours into the third multi-day outage in 14 months.
Sushi November 02, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Agreed! Things are definitely on the up and up with CL&P. I must defend them. They have been wonderful this time around. Vast improvements all over from the past. Rome was not built in a day. These guys are working hard and for anyone to say they have not seen a truck from CL & P the I say to them, take off your beer goggles you bumbling bubblenecks! I drive all over the county and have seen them everywhere. Climbing trees, working hard and focusing on the job in conjunction with the tree workers. I saw tons of cooperation by all parties during this storm. This was a well coordinated effort and as a country, we are working in tandem for homeland security like never before. I am amazed and impressed with the law enforcement efforts to keep things under control during the storm and the aftermath. A huge round of applause for Malloy too. But what I find totally offensive is Lieberman getting in any photo ops for this storm. Buddy, you had your chance to serve the people and you failed miserably. You had no one's interests but your own at heart from day one. You abandoned the Democratic party you supposedly joined and all because you are a rich man who cares nothing about your own personal advancement. Good riddance. The best thing to happen on November 6th is that we don't have to see him grandstanding his political agenda for his greedy needs any longer. As awful as she is in promoting sex and violence, I'll take McMahon over Lieberman any day. But I prefer Chris Murphy!
Sushi November 02, 2012 at 03:02 AM
What about TRANSFORMERS blowing up?? This is a big problem now and if I were Governor, I'd call for a total inspection of every transformer that is 5 or more years old in the state of CT. They are dangerous fire hazards and all of them need to be re-examined in the wake of this historic storm.
Sushi November 02, 2012 at 03:03 AM
LOL - it has a double entendre, you know!


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