CL&P to base NY NJ help in Stamford

N.Y. crews in Greenwich in 2011 helping to restore power after Irene. Greenwich Time photo

One day after declaring their work to restore power knocked out by Sandy, Connecticut Light & Power Co. is sending crews to the heavy hit regions in New York and New Jersey, but they will sleep, when they sleep, in Stamford.

CL&P said it has ample crews left to respond to any new outages.

Approximately 60 CL&P employees, including line workers, mechanics, supervisors, and safety professionals, will join the massive restoration effort in New York and possibly move on to assist in New Jersey.  The crews will stay on with their neighbor utilities for as long as needed, and will be joining others from Northeast Utilities, as well as 200 line workers from Hydro Quebec.

With hotel and housing options extremely scarce in New York, CL&P crews will continue to be based in Stamford, Connecticut.  The company has been working in partnership with Carl Kuehner, Chief Executive Officer of Building and Land Technology (BLT), the developers of Stamford’s Harbor Point, to turn a BLT apartment complex into hotel-style housing for crews.

You can say CL&P is returning the favor after New York crews came up to Connecticut to help restore power after Tropical Storm Irene hit the state in August of 2011.

CL&P had more than 800,000 outages after Sandy ripped through the state more than a week ago, and there are still thousands who are without power. The company said it will be unable to restore that service to customers, who will have to have wiring and equipment checked by building inspectors before service can be restored.

Rob Varnon