Check for closings, delays, and parking bans here

CL&P Criticized For Storm Response

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s