National Grid employees helping Eversource in storm recovery

By Darlene Masse

Forty-five National Grid employees have been dispatched from Massachusetts and Rhode Island to Connecticut to help Eversource in the on-going electric service restoration effort following this week’s storm. Twenty line crews and supervisors left various National Grid locations early this morning and reported to Eversource facilities in the Stamford and East Hampton areas. At the height of Thursday morning’s storm, nearly 89,500 Eversource customers were without power in Connecticut. At 1 pm today, 6,500 were still without power.

“Just as National Grid must sometimes rely on assistance from other electric utility companies to restore service following severe storms, the company is ready to reciprocate whenever we can,” said Michael G. McCallan, director of Emergency Planning for National Grid. “National Grid was able to get power restored to our customers by late Thursday night. That allowed us to free up the crews for the Connecticut assignments.”

Nearly 40,000 National Grid customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island lost power as the waves of high winds, lightening and heavy rain moved through the states early Thursday morning.

The mutual assistance network that includes National Grid, Eversource and hundreds of other utility companies is managed by the Edison Electric Institute, an industry association representing investor-owned electric utilities. The mutual assistance program provides a formal and flexible process for utilities to request support from other utilities throughout the country.

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