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Entire State Declared A Disaster Area

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to visit state today.

Just 1 percent of CL&P customers remain without power this morning, but the company is still projecting full restoration by midnight Wednesday.

"While we reached another one of our goals a full day ahead of time, I realize that is little comfort for those customers still without power," said Jeff Butler, president and chief operating officer of CL&P. "Our commitment is to continue working around the clock until every customer is restored."

Across Connecticut, crews are working to complete repairs to CL&P's electrical system and clean up tree-related damage to restore power to the 11,600 CL&P customers still in the dark.

CL&P reminds customers that if their neighbors have power to call CL&P at 800-286-2000 because customer-owned equipment — clevis (house knob), weatherheads, conduits, conductors and the meter box — could be damaged. That equipment must be repaired by a licensed electrician before CL&P can restore service. For more information on electric equipment customers are responsible for visit the company’s website.

In the wake of Irene, the federal government has declared the entire state a disaster area, which makes Connecticut eligible for federal aid to help in the cleanup and recovery efforts, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today. The federal government  declared five of the state’s eight counties disaster areas two days ago, but as of Sunday had added the three remaining counties, Hartford, Tolland and Windham, to the list.

Malloy and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will tour storm damage in East Haven today as part of the storm recovery efforts. After the tour, Napolitano and  Malloy will host a conference call in the Emergency Operations Center in the State Armory with state agency commissioners. Napolitano will also attend Malloy’s press conference later in the day. 

Related Topics: Hurricane Irene When did you get your power back? Tell us in the comments.

Kirk September 05, 2011 at 12:48 PM
FEMA needs to declare UI a disaster - where is our recourse? Still no power, going on day 8 - no word from UI, no plan from UI...Signing off from the Lower Ninth Terrace in Fairfield 2 blocks from the central police and fire station...
Kirk September 05, 2011 at 01:04 PM
According to UI, the number of houses without power in Fairfield was 60 as of 6:00AM....now the number jumped to close to 200 (!!!) as of 8:00AM GOOD THING UI SCALED BACK THEIR RESPONSE SIGNIFICANTLY BY DISMISSING CREWS AND CUTTING WORK HOURS! Close is good in horseshoes and bocce NOT when it comes to providing service to homes in Fairfield. Anyone listening on this 'holiday'? Where's the Fairfield town leadership today Monday September 5th?
CAB September 05, 2011 at 01:14 PM
I am so sorry for all of you still without power -- UI response has been simply awful. Hope you get your power back soon.
kma September 05, 2011 at 01:59 PM
This state became a disaster area when the legislature passed the budget earlier this year!
Kirk September 05, 2011 at 02:28 PM
THANK YOU NEWS CHANNEL 12! I called them this morning, they called UI to get a response - News 12 showed up on my block this morning with a reporter and camera crew - they stayed with us until power was restored! News Channel 12 could not have been more supportive, helpful, responsive and sincere! My 90 year old neighbors were in tears they are so happy to have power back! Time for major house work...

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