Crew from Minnesota at work in town is part of national effort

One of those white utility trucks that is causing such a stir of relief and excitment with residents these days was at work Thursday at Sugar Hollow Road, behind the Toozy Patza Plaza on Route 7. The workers are with the Highline Construction Company in Paynesville, Minn. — one of the nine crews from throughout the country working for CL&P in town.

"It was a 26-hour drive from Minnesota," said Nick Fobbe, a member of the crew. Mr. Fobbe said he had never been to Connecticut before, and had never seen a hurricane.

His 42-man crew "plans to move up and down the coast, wherever we are needed," he said. Utility crews from Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska and Quebec were among those working in town, and CL&P P reported in a press release that more than 1,500 out-of-state line workers have come from as far as Texas and British Columbia.

"An around-the-clock restoration effort is underway and workers are doing everything they can to restore as many customers as quickly as possible," said Bill Quinlan, CL&P senior vice president of Emergency Preparedness, in a press release. "We expect the vast majority of customers will be restored by Monday or Tuesday of next week."

As of Friday morning at 11, Wilton and Ridgefield were tied for the most power outages in the state, at 68%, topped only by Weston, with 71%. In Wilton, 5,250 residents were still in the dark.