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CL&P Criticized For Storm Response

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Restoring power in Southbury after Tuesday’s storm was CL&P’s top priority, but who the utility company initially sent out to do the job drew harsh criticism.

CL&P claimed it has 24 hour coverage, 7 days a week, but the union for the company’s full-time linemen said the crews that arrived after the storm, and stayed on through the night, were contract workers.

The union said all full-time line workers, in non-supervisory roles, didn’t get sent out until Wednesday morning.

While the union argued progress to restore power would have gone a lot quicker with its guys, CL&P claimed its initial response was more than adequate.

“I know that everybody who answered the call was brought in, that’s CL&P line workers, that’s our new union line workers, our contractors, our troubleshooter organization, we brought in line workers from our sister company, Western Massachusetts Electric,” Mitch Gross, a CL&P spokesman, said.

“They would have started calling those guys in when the storm hit, 9 o’clock last night, by 11, people would have been situated on jobs and working, CL&P guys would have gotten it done,” Frank Cirillo of IBEW Local 420 said.

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