Nearly 12,000 in Fairfield dark; UI says 95% on by Monday

A United Illuminating crew clearing downed trees and wires Tuesday, Oct. 30. (John Kovach Photo)

A United Illuminating crew clearing downed trees and wires Tuesday, Oct. 30. (John Kovach Photo)

United Illuminating projected early Thursday, Nov. 1, that it will restore power to 95% of its customers before midnight on Monday, Nov. 5.

As of Thursday morning, 54.75% of Fairfield remains without power, 11,977 out of 21,876 homes and businesses. That’s down from some 98% immediately after Hurricane Sandy. The number of situations that need repair, however, has increased to more than 500.

First Selectman Michael Tetreau said Wednesday night that the “make safe” mode, focusing on clearing downed trees and power lines from roads, would continue for three days.

“We are proceeding full force to restore power to our customers as quickly and safely as possible,” said James P. Torgerson, chief executive officer of UIL Holdings. “Our damage assessment, safety inspection and road clearing crews have been working around the clock to pave the way for line and service crews to restore power. Restoration crews already have restored electric service to approximately 92,340 customers who lost power during the storm. While damage assessment will continue, we are confident that we have gathered enough information to effectively allocate our resources where they are needed most to restore power.”

As of 6 a.m. Thursday, approximately 107,968  electric customers still remained without power in the 17 towns and cities UI serves.

“We fully understand that the loss of electricity seriously disrupts people’s lives, and we have tapped into every resource at our disposal to restore electric service to all of our customers safely and as quickly as possible,” added Anthony J. Vallillo, UI president and chief operating officer. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, one of the most powerful storms to ever hit our region.”

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