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Mayor Blake to UI: ‘We Need Results’

The mayor says UI pleged to do more to restore electricity in Milford.

With 25 percent of Milford still without power, Mayor Ben Blake has met with United Illuminating to tell the utility company to do more.

He recently sat down with the company’s director of municipalities to stress the frustration of hundreds without power.

"I know UI is making every effort it can to restore power to its customers but it must do more," Blake said in a written statement. "The time for planning is long behind us.  We need answers and we need results now."

UI pledged to bring down the outage rate to 16 percent by the end of today and five percent by the end of Sunday.

In order to accomplish this, UI agreed to increase the number of utility workers on the ground in Milford and extend work shifts to sixteen hours, according to a press release issued by the mayor’s office.

chris November 02, 2012 at 11:01 PM
They should have been working 16 hour shifts no matter what town there in, ui and cl&p arent any better than they were a year ago!
Daniella Ruiz November 02, 2012 at 11:32 PM
lets hope the egg throwing stays in Bridgeport, that is just incredibly naive of them!
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 03, 2012 at 12:46 AM
My daughter had her electric restored today after having her basement flooded. But now she still has no heat or hot water because her heating system and gas supply equipment were damaged by the water that was 4 foot deep. BTW the temperature is dropping into the 30's. So remember just because you get restoration of electric does not mean you are out of the woods. I still have a freezer full of a friends food.
Me November 03, 2012 at 01:44 AM
who is the 5%? What is the status of the folks from Silver Sands? I heard they all had their meters tagged today for replacement. If they are the 5%, what is the expected timeframe? Doesn't need to be down to the minute, but are we talking less than 4 days? More? Their is a winter storm coming next week, before then? after? My parents are from there, living in a hotel, we need to have an idea what to do for lodging... no to mention find a place and funds to do it.. please give us an idea so we (us and others) can plan... CAN NOT live day to day...Give us some sort of an idea who this 5% is and when, Mr. Mayor, please.
David Chesler November 03, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I'm typing this from a motel up in Enfield. Watched the numbers go down to 25% today, but we are still cold and dark, and still no better estimate of when it will come back than 95% by end of Monday. Passed a whole fleet of bucket trucks at the old cinemas on the way up -- this must be part of the 8 hours per day when none of them are working. Those in my family who don't work at Merritt Corporate Woods (power came back today!) hung out at the Senior Center, where it was warm and there was electricity, but they have no cots, since that would make them a shelter. I asked the Red Cross guy there and he said Jonathan Law didn't have a shelter anymore, and there was one in Orange but they were only taking refugees from Orange. So here we are.
Felice Shuda November 03, 2012 at 04:06 AM
What about the condos on Meadow St. -- only half are out?
Diane Smith November 03, 2012 at 11:09 AM
I think our politicians need to step back from assessing the work of hundreds of UI employees and continue to lead their towns through this crisis as an example rather than part of the problem. Does anyone truly beleive that UI isn't making very effort? I'm still without power, and yes I hate it but UI is not the problem. We are going through a natural disaster and slinging accusations in a political arena won't help us. The chest pounding doesn't help gentlemen. Support the people who can help you most.
State Representative Kim Rose November 03, 2012 at 04:46 PM
http://milford.patch.com/blog_posts/ui-update Go here to find the latest streets that will be brought up today.

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