HARTFORD — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says his office is in close contact with utilities as they work to restore power to thousands of customers.
Connecticut was hit hard by icy conditions caused by freezing rain and sleet on Sunday. The National Weather Service says a layer of one-half inch of ice could accumulate in parts of the state as temperatures plummet.
Eversource and United Illuminating reported that, as of Sunday afternoon, more than 25,000 customers without power.
According to Eversource spokesman Al Lara, Evertree and line crews were being assisted by thousands of support personnel and were working non-stop to repair destruction caused by the storm.
He said the freezing rain, sleet and ice led to extensive damage throughout the southwestern and central regions of Connecticut.
Eversource employees and contractors had restored power to more than 22,000 customers by 8 p.m. and “are committed to working around the clock to safely complete the restoration effort,” Lara said.
“We haven’t seen an ice storm like this in Connecticut in many years. The ice buildup on electric lines and tree branches can be devastating to the electric system, with tree limbs falling onto power lines, which we expect will continue through the night as the winds pick up,” said Mike Hayhurst, vice president of electric operations for Eversource.
“The ice is also causing treacherous driving and working conditions. We have a large contingent of our crews working in the communities hit hardest by this storm,” he contiued. “We strive to always be there for our customers when they need us, and we are focused on safely restoring service to all of those affected.”
Lamont said as of Sunday night, hundreds of trucks were trying to clear and treat major roadways to prevent black ice.
— Sun staff and Associated Press