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Report: Conn. utility not prepared for Oct. storm

Report: Conn. utility's lack of preparedness delayed outrage repairs after October snowstorm By The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ' An independent consultant says Connecticut's largest utility failed to put enough repair crews in place before a record-setting October snowstorm, causing a delay in restoring power that left some customers without electricity for up to 11 days.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Witt Associates announced the report's findings Friday. The report reviewed the response by the state's two largest utilities, Connecticut Light & Power Co. and The United Illuminating Co.

It was especially critical of CL&P, the larger of the two.

The storm knocked out power to more than 800,000 of CL&P's 1.2 million customers statewide. Witt Associates, led by former FEMA director James Lee Witt, is recommending that CL&P improve its storm response plan.

CL&P faced heavy criticism after the storm, prompting the company president to resign.

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