About half of Redding was without power during last week's Nor'easter. First Selectman Julia Pemberton is critical of the response by Eversource, calling it lackluster.
She said it was frustrating to see a truck on the side of the road not working, but acknowledged that the linemen had to wait for orders from a foreman to start work. Pemberton says the internal communication of Eversource is broken, giving the example of a tree truck sent to a scene before someone to make sure the downed wire isn't live. She says the lack of coordination is unacceptable and has become an all too familiar experience.
Pemberton plans to urge state regulators to hold public hearings on storm response, saying that this can't continue to be business as usual.
Pemberton is touting the job by the town's Highway Department clearing trees after last week's nor'easter. She says the employees worked tirelessly to clear debris during and after the storm. Pemberton also praised Redding Police and Dispatch for helping residents with safety concerns, and passing on reports of blocked driveways, closed roads, split poles and downed wires to Eversource.
Eversource crews across the state have replaced more than 550 utility poles and strung more than 100 miles of new overhead lines, but officials say the final outages are more complex and take additional time to complete.