HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers said they are planning public meetings in legislative districts to hear firsthand how communities were affected by last month’s windstorm that left many residents without power for five days.
The General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee originally planned to hold a public hearing Nov. 28 in Hartford. But a spokeswoman for the committee says that will be reorganized into a series of district working meetings, involving utility representatives, local officials, first responders and legislators.
Representatives of Eversource Energy and United Illuminating Co. appeared before the committee on Nov. 15. Utility officials from both companies say falling trees and limbs continue to wreak havoc on power lines, despite years of tree-trimming. During the latest storm, 231 poles broke, 420 transformers were damaged, and 1,773 trees had to be cleared.