Minnesota crew at work in Wilton is part of national effort

One of those white utility trucks that caused such a stir of relief and excitement with residents after Superstorm Sandy was at work late last week at Sugar Hollow Road, behind the Toozy Patza Plaza on Route 7. The workers were with the Highline Construction Company in Paynesville, Minn. — one of the nine crews from throughout the country working for CL&P 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 in his native state, where snowstorms are more common.

Mr. Fobbe and his 42-man crew spent their nights at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, sleeping in "bunk beds in mobile homes," he said.

After their work in Wilton was done, the crew planned "to move up and down the coast, wherever we are needed," Mr. Fobbe said.

Utility crews from Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas and Quebec were among those working in town. CL&P reported in a press release that more than 1,500 out-of-state line workers joined the restoration effort.

"An army of reinforcements continues to grow," said Bill Quinlan, CL&P senior vice president of emergency preparedness, in the press release, on Sunday, Nov. 4. "The total number of storm responders is now more than 6,000, with 500 line workers joining the effort today from Northeast Utilities (NU) sister companies NSTAR, Public Service of New Hampshire, and Western Massachusetts Electric (WMECo), along with our Canadian partner Hydro Québec. In all, workers have come from 16 states and four Canadian provinces."