Storm damage in Danbury, Connecticut on May 16, 2018.

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Eversource: Most Connecticut Customers Will Have Power Back By Monday Night

May 21, 2018 - 1:51 pm

BROOKFIELD, Conn. (WCBS 880) -- There was a glimmer of hope Monday for those without power in Connecticut nearly a week after tornadic storms struck the area.

“We have already shared with our customers that the vast majority of those still without power will have it back by Monday night at midnight,” said Mitch Gross of Eversource.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, Gross said last week’s storm knocked out nearly 300 miles of wire and nearly 1,800 utility poles.

On Sunday, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) said the damage in communities such as Brookfield and New Fairfield was staggering.

“Having visited communities around the state – Brookfield, New Fairfield, Hamden – this devastation is clearly a disaster. The destruction done in just 10 or 20 minutes by these tornadoes is the worst that these utility crews have seen for decades, and they’ve all around the country,” he said.

Blumenthal added that he will fight for more federal aid. He said the damage and destruction to homes, power lines, businesses, and roads is estimated at tens of millions, or even hundreds of millions of dollars, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency needs to step in.

“These communities have rallied together – neighbors helping neighbors. Some streets; homes have been flattened while others are untouched by the path of the tornado. So neighbors have helped neighbors. Communities have rallied together. Now the federal government has to rally to the assistance of people whose lives have been upended as a result of this natural disaster that FEMA is supposed to address,” he said Sunday.

He said workers from Connecticut and around the country have been tireless, and he also wants to see the results in power coming back.

Town budgets were already in tough shape in Connecticut, and now they are scrapping together cleanup and recovery funds. Officials said any help from FEMA would be greatly appreciated.