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Eversource Restores Storm-Related Outages Ahead of Schedule

Aug. 31, 2020
The energy company restores power for nearly all customers following a severe storm and tornado while adhering to COVID-19 pandemic safety protocols.

Eversource’s massive, around-the-clock restoration effort reached the finish line following an Aug. 27 thunderstorm and tornado that left tens-of-thousands of customers without power.  

While adhering to strict COVID-19 pandemic safety protocols and working alongside crews from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the energy company has restored electric service to more than 70,000 customers in Connecticut, replacing 128 broken utility poles, stringing more than 12 miles of overhead electric lines, clearing 124 blocked roads and removing nearly 400 trees.

As of 11 a.m. on Aug. 29, Eversource crews worked urgently on the final 1,800 outages in Branford, Connecticut.

“Our employees have done a tremendous job repairing damage and restoring power after this destructive storm,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations Mike Hayhurst. “Thanks to the team effort of these line and tree crews and support personnel working hard behind the scenes, we were able to achieve our goal of restoring power to the vast majority of customers by last night and we continue working urgently to restore power to the remaining customers affected by this storm. We know how tough it is for customers to be without power and we greatly appreciate their patience.”  

As of Aug. 29, Eversource crews continued to focus on the remaining single or scattered outages. More complex outages may take additional time to complete and may require assistance from a private electrician or contractor. Lineworkers are going to each of these individual locations to assess what additional equipment or effort may be required to make repairs.

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