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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Burned Wire Knocks Out Power To Some UI Customers

A burned wire in The United Illuminating Co.’s distribution network left over 1,800 of the utility’s customers in New Haven without power for part of Tuesday afternoon.

Michael West (shown at left), a spokesman for UI, said the burned wire that caused the customer outages was on Grand Avenue in the city. The outages began at 12:45 p.m. and the number of customers without electricity peaked at 1,869 just before 3 p.m., according to information on UI’s web site.

As of 5:45 p.m., about 122 UI customers still were without power.

City resident Sydney Skybetter said the inconvenience of the outage was made even more frustrating because he couldn’t get through to the utility to report it.

“I got a busy signal every time,” Skybetter said via Twitter.

The state’s other major electric utility, Connecticut Light and Power, experienced smaller outages through out the day. The largest single outages for CL&P came during the early afternoon with 79 in Canaan, 119 in Danbury and 229 in North Canaan.

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