More than 40% of Bristol still without power following tropical storm; some area towns faring better

Published on Thursday, 6 August 2020 15:18
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@MUSZYNSKIBP

Two days after a major tropical storm caused devastation to much of the state, 12,768 in Bristol -- about 42% of those serviced by Eversource in the city -- were still without electricity as of about 3 p.m., according to the power company.

Some area towns on Thursday fared better, with the main exceptions being Plainville, where 3,879 -- or about 41% of the town -- were still without power in the afternoon hours and Plymouth, where 2,853 -- about 49% of the town -- were without power, according to Eversource.

A city like New Britain had 4,291 without electricity, but that only makes up about 12% of the city that is serviced by Eversource.

Southington on Thursday, in the afternoon hours, had 6,377 -- about 31% -- without power. There were 3,896 -- about 26% -- without electricity in Newington. In Berlin, 2,502 -- about 27% of the town -- was without power.

Eversource released a statement Thursday indicating crews -- some of which have come from Canada, Michigan and Massachusetts -- have been working around-the-clock to make repairs, having restored 332,000 customers as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Statewide, the power company indicated, there were still 516,874 -- which accounts for 40% of state residents serviced by Eversource -- without electricity as of about 3 p.m.

Eversource said a majority of customers without power could expect an estimate sometime Thursday as to when restorations should be complete.

“We understand our customers’ frustration and know it is an especially challenging time to be without power given the ongoing pandemic and hot summer weather,” Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom said in a statement. “Our entire Eversource team is dedicated to this effort and is working with an extreme sense of urgency to get all of our customers the power they need.”

“The impact from this storm and its widespread damage can’t be overstated. We’ve made good progress repairing incredible damage across our service territory. We have hundreds of crews spread out across the state addressing more than 10,000 damage locations and working to rebuild the electric system.”

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington Herald, Terryville on Thursday, 6 August 2020 15:18. Updated: Thursday, 6 August 2020 15:21.