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Stratford Power Outages Drop to 9.4 Percent

About 2,200 customers in town remain without power as UI continues to 'work around the clock.'

About 6,000 United Illuminating customers in Stratford have had their power restored since the utility Thursday vowed to reenergize 95 percent of its customers in the state by midnight Monday.

Still, as of 12:43 p.m. Saturday, about 2,200 customers in Stratford remained in the dark. That's 9.4 percent of the town.

"We are pushing UI with everything we have, and they have several crews in Stratford restoring power," read a post this afternoon on the Facebook page of Mayor John A. Harkins. "In the meantime, please call the Hurricane Sandy hotline (203) 385-4070 for information on places to get warm, charge your electronics, shower, etc."

United Illuminating, which serves 17 municipalities in Connecticut, announced today that it expects to have 15,000 to 20,000 customers restored on Saturday. Many of the services remaining to be restored are the single services that require intensive work, according to a press release the utility sent out today.

"Our crews have made significant progress yesterday evening and will continue to work around the clock until all customers are restored," James P. Torgerson, UI's chief executive officer, said in the release. "We continue to have crews dispersed all over the UI service territory working diligently to restore power."

In the release, UI reminds its customers to assume all downed, damaged or dangling power lines are live and dangerous, and avoid anything in which these power lines might be in contact, such as trees of fences.

United Illuminting can be reached at 800.7.CALL.UI. You can also follow the utility's restoration progress on Twitter and Facebook.

Thomas Gee November 04, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Why wont they connect the major line on Nichols Avenue at St. John's Cemetary and get the end of Nichols Avenue and Hawley Lane back? No trees involved the wire is just laying there.
j g November 04, 2012 at 04:13 AM
I give up!!!!
Robert Chambers November 05, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Useless Illuminating are a disgrace. They have left 40 houses dark and cold (many of which are owned by seniors) in Lordship and why? because they didn't want to push a couple of fuses back into place LAST NIGHT when it got cold. This is disgusting! They were conspicuously absent today on a fine clear day and I suspect they are going to restore power right before their mandated deadline of 11:59pm tomorrow night. I haven't changed suppliers but after this I will, I'm not going to contribute one penny I can somehow avoid to their profit. I can only suspect they are trying to teach us a lesson of some sort, who knows, perhaps in collusion with the town or state because "they didn't evacuate when we told them to" If there were a way to get another company to supply power I'd move in a second. when being pelted with eggs gets quicker service perhaps polite isn't the way to go anymore?
Mike Reynolds November 05, 2012 at 03:31 AM
There was an out of state crew on Curtis today driving around like they were looking for something. Do they really use fuses anymore?
Robert Chambers November 05, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Yes, the one protecting Our branch is 4000the amps and sounded like a shotgun when it blew sevrral months ago.

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