Gov. Lamont: National Guard activated to help clear trees, wires as state grips with power outages

Gov. Ned Lamont says the National Guard has been activated to help clear trees and wires, and Eversource officials say they are doubling crews in 24 hours.

News 12 Staff

Aug 5, 2020, 7:39 PM

Updated 1,419 days ago

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Gov. Lamont: National Guard activated to help clear trees, wires as state grips with power outages
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Gov. Ned Lamont says the National Guard has been activated to help clear trees and wires, and Eversource officials say they are doubling crews in 24 hours.
BRIEFING NOTES:
- Gov. Ned Lamont says he's been pushing for people to stay at home to work - and now 700,000 people are without power.
- He says he went to Eversource to give it a sense of urgency, and that the utility has restored power to 200,000 customers.
- Lamont says Eversource has invested tens of millions into its response following Superstorm Sandy, but that this has still one of the worst outages in state history.
- He says the Connecticut National Guard has been activated to help clear downed trees and wires.
- Lamont says that Eversource plans to double the amount of crews out within the next 24 hours.
- Officials from Eversource say that there are 450 power restoration crews currently working.
- Lamont says hospitals and nursing homes are a priority in terms of power restoration.
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