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CL&P Doesn't Know When Power Will Come Back On

NORWALK, Conn. – Some 5,519 Connecticut Light & Power customers without power at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the city of Norwalk, according to the company's online outage map . Anna Alfaro, a company spokesperson, did not know when power would be restored. "Basically, there is no restoration projection time at this moment," she said.

Norwalk is a priority for the company as it has one of the highest numbers of outages, she said. "Norwalk is high on the list," she said. Asked how the company will prioritize in Norwalk, she said CL&P is working with the Department of Public Works.

"It goes without saying that our crews can’t remove any trees if the wires are still live," said Mayor Richard Moccia. "So we're coordinating that where there are downed wires. CL&P is sending out their crews to work with our crews, and of course we're trying to restore power in all areas."

Moccia heard that Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff anticipates that power may be out at least a week. "I think we could be in that category," Moccia said. "We've already had people call in here and we try to explain to them that we're in contact with CL&P, we're keeping the pressure on them, but it's a situation beyond any mayor or first selectman's control."

The company is using helicopters to assess the damage. There are crews from Florida, Ohio and Canada on scene to help, CL&P's spokesperson said, and more crews are expected from Colorado.

"When they come in you have to assign somebody that knows the lay of the land," Moccia said. "They get a crew in, they're going to fix wires and transformers, but if they're going to go to a portion of West Norwalk, they have to have somebody from CL&P that knows where West Norwalk is ... my priority is the safety and try to work with [School Superintendent] Dr. [Susan] Marks and CL&P to get power restored as soon as possible in a reasonable amount of time."

A person who answered the phone at South Norwalk Electric and Water said that the company has no outages at present.

People in East Norwalk seem to have no power worries. "As of 2:30, everybody that we know of is back," George Leary, Third Taxing District general manager. "We seem to be in good shape. There could be a stray out there but as far as we know everybody is back."

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