More than 50,000 Connecticut residents, including 14,596 in Fairfield County, remain without power as the tri-state area continues to clean up from the latest winter storm that dropped upwards of a foot of snow in parts of Fairfield County.
Eversource is reporting that 50,815 of their 1,269,304 customers are reporting outages as of 12:30 p.m. on Friday, which is still impacting 4 percent of residents, including more than 1,000 outages reported in Stamford, New Canaan, Norwalk, Wilton and Weston.
Hundreds of out-of-state contractors have arrived since the storm to assist Eversource crews in recovery efforts over the past week, following a pair of powerful storm that has felled trees and left downed power lines throughout the tri-state area. Dozens of roads remain closed in the region as crews continue clean-up efforts.
Eversource announced on Friday afternoon that all power should be restored statewide no later than 11 p.m. on Sunday.
According to Eversource, "the damage caused by the storm is extensive and widespread leaving hundreds of broken poles and thousands of feet of downed power lines around the state. Eversource crews are working directly with communities to clear hundreds of blocked roads, while assessing damage and restoring power to more than 133,000 homes and businesses since the storm began."
Among the areas hardest hit include Norwalk, where 2,381 customers reported outages, Wilton (2,213 customers), Weston (1,698), Stamford (1,055) and Newtown (848). Officials said residents should avoid downed power lines and any outages can be reported to Eversource by calling 800-286-2000.
“This was a real one-two punch and we realize the impact this storm is having on customers, especially those who lost power in the March 2 storm,” Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations Mike Hayhurst stated. “The heavy wet snow weighing down trees already weakened from last week’s storm did significant damage to the electric system around the state and it will take days to complete the major work required to restore power. Our crews will continue working around the clock until every customer is restored.”
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