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Malloy 'Disappointed' by Out-of-State Storm Help; Power Outages Remain

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Governor Dannel Malloy said he's "disappointed" in the number of out-of-state crews that had promised to help Connecticut recover from last weekend's nor'easter a day after President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration for the state.

Malloy said "for whatever reason," the number of promised line and tree removal crews has not materialized from other states.

As of late afternoon, 655,000 Connecticut Light and Power and 3,600 United Illuminating customers remained without electricity. Con Edison had over 27,000 customer without power, located mostly in Westchester County.

In New Jersey, residents were finding ways to stay warm and plugged in as approximately 270,000 New Jersey homes and businesses remain without electricity, three days after a fall snowstorm downed trees and power lines.

In Teaneck,N.J., many residents flocked to the public library where heat and power were available. Teaneck Library Director Michael McCue said his library was particularly busy because neighboring libraries remained closed.

New Jersey Power Company PSE&G, which serves northern New Jersey says they have 190,000 customers without power.

A spokesperson said they hope to have 95 percent of their customers restored by midnight Wednesday. Outages are concentrated heavily in Bergen, Essex and Passaic counties.

PSE&G has 237 crews, 212 tree crews and 60 crews from out of state working around the clock to restore power.

Governor Chris Christie said the damage from this storm in the state — which remains under a state of emergency — was worse than the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene in late August.

"The grid of our electrical system is like a jigsaw puzzle, and when so many of the parts are taking out, it takes a while to put them back together," Christie told WNYC Monday morning.

The governor said he's meeting with utility companies to get an update and a time frame for when power will be restored, but said it might not be until Thursday.

The storm dropped anywhere from a trace to 30 inches of wet, heavy snow from Maryland to Maine and was blamed for at least 20 deaths. More than 3 million people lacked electricity at one point as trees toppled under the weight and brought down power lines.

That number was down to about 1.8 million by Monday evening. Service isn't expected to be restored in many spots until Wednesday.

With reporting from Bob Hennelly, Brian Zumhagen and Craig LeMoult

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