May 18, 2018

Eversource eyes Sunday restoration following 4 tornadoes

Photo | Eversource
Photo | Eversource
Downed electric lines left by Tuesday's severe storms.

Utility customers in four communities hit by separate tornadoes on Tuesday are expected to have power restored by Sunday as Eversource crews work to repair 91 miles of downed electric lines, the utility said Thursday.

Eversource expects to restore power in the hardest hit towns, including Brookfield, Danbury, Monroe and Newtown, no later than Sunday at noon.

As of 8:30 a.m. Friday, more than 39,100 Eversource customers were without power, mainly in the western corridor of the state. Brookfield at the time recorded the most outages statewide with more than 6,200 customers without power.

Eversource says its crews have worked non-stop to restore power to more than 100,000 customers.

"The damage from this storm can't be overstated, with approximately 700 utility poles broken, 91 miles of electric lines down and more than 250 blocked roads," said Michael Hayhurst, Eversource's vice president of electric operations in Connecticut . "Our crews and support staff will stay on the job until all customers are safely restored."

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday urged municipal leaders in areas impacted by Tuesday's tornado and severe storms to collect data needed for the state to determine whether it meets the standards to request a Major Disaster Declaration for federal relief funds.

The state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection's Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security are sending towns and cities the information needed to conduct pre-assessment reviews of eligible damages and costs.

Eligible costs may include uninsured major damage to homes and businesses, emergency protective measures and road clearance and debris removal, Malloy said.

Meanwhile, the governor this week also signed a Declaration of Civil Preparedness Emergency to help municipalities across Connecticut recover from the storm damage. The emergency order gives state agencies flexibility to assist communities impacted by the storms.

The National Weather Service confirmed at least four tornadoes hit Connecticut on Tuesday, causing two deaths in Danbury and New Fairfield.

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