Power back on for most customers

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By Elio Gugliotti, Editor

As of Tuesday morning, Eversource reported there were no power outages in Beacon Falls and Prospect and fewer than four Naugatuck customers without power.

There were still 32,234 Eversource customers, about 2.5%, in the state without power, a week after Tropical Storm Isaias blew through the region. Eversource provides power to most of the state. United Illuminating, which serves 17 mostly shoreline towns, reported Tuesday morning that 177, or less than 1%, of its customers still didn’t have power.

Fran Dambowsky, a Naugatuck burgess and the borough’s director of emergency management, said if residents still don’t have power they can email him at fdambowsky@naugatuck-ct.gov or unifiedcommand@naugatuck-ct.gov to report the outage.

Dambowsky urged residents to be cautious of, and report, any low-hanging wires and weakened trees in the borough.

Though most of the power is back on locally, many municipalities still had more than 1,000 customers without power as of Tuesday morning. Danbury had the most customers still without power at 5,119, according to Eversource.

Local and state officials have expressed frustration with the response of Eversource and United Illuminating to Tropical Storm Isaias.

Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross told the Republican-American many towns throughout the state sustained more damage from Tropical Storm Isaias last week than they did from more significant storms, including hurricanes Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012.

Eversource responded swiftly in bringing additional resources to outlying areas that had early reports of damage, Gross said, noting he is aware of the frustration felt by many local officials who were still with notable power outages as of 7 p.m. Monday.

“We are doing everything we can,” Gross said. “We are in touch with town officials.”