Fairfield County recovering slowly, power outages highest in state

Fairfield County remains the hardest hit region in Connecticut in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Nearly 61% of the total power outages in the state as of 2:30 p.m. Friday were in Fairfield County.

There are currently 100,116 Connecticut Light & Power customers in Fairfield County without power, which is 61% of the company’s total statewide. For United Illuminating, there are 64,812 total customers without power, with 60% being in Fairfield County. As of 3:30 p.m., there were still 13,941 Greenwich customers without power representing 49% of the town.

Greenwich residents are showing a growing impatience with the response from CL&P. While new line and tree crews arrived in town today, First Selectman Peter Tesei and his colleagues have questioned why they weren’t on hand earlier when the storm’s impact was warned for days in advance. Mr. Tesei said assurances he had been given prior to the storm about the number of crews that would be available had not been met but has strongly praised the performance of the work crews in town and the work they’ve done.

Mr. Tesei is scheduled to give a briefing on storm response Friday at 4 p.m.

There are 229,769 customers from both utilities without power Friday afternoon. Fairfield County holds 26% of the state’s population, according to the 2010 census. Connecticut is also the fourth most dense state in the nation, behind New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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