Today, State Senator James Maroney (D-Milford) submitted a letter to The United Illuminating Company questioning their response efforts following Tropical Storm Isaias. The storm left thousands of people without power throughout the towns Orange, West Haven, Milford, and Woodbridge, which United Illuminating services. Senator Maroney is looking for answers after concerns have been raised following a lack of response effort made by the electric company.
Following Tuesday’s storm, almost 60% of Orange, 55% of Woodbridge, 36% of Milford, and 8% of West Haven are still without power.
The letter was sent to the President and CEO of The United Illuminating Company from Senator Maroney.
See below for the full text of the letter:
Dear Mr. Marone,
I write to you today regarding the current response by The United Illuminating Company to repair the damage done during Tropical Storm Isaias. The lack of a quick and effective response is concerning to me and my constituents who have been expressing their concerns to my office.
As the Senator for the 14th state Senate District, all my cities and towns are serviced by The United Illuminating Company (Orange, West Haven, Milford, and Woodbridge), my constituents and I would like to understand why there has been such a lack of communication prior to the event and afterward on restoration efforts. One of the primary concerns I have, and my constituents have, is the impact this is having on our seniors and most vulnerable populations during the heat of the summer and a pandemic. Many of these customers use medical devices that require electricity, need access to elevators, use well water, or need a reprieve from the heat.
As I write this, almost 60% of Orange, 55% of Woodbridge, 36% of Milford, and 8% of West Haven are without power.
How can the United Illuminating Company have such a poor response to a well forecasted tropical storm? What has the company done over the past decade to harden critical infrastructure and increase restoration times and why did those efforts fail during this storm?
My constituents deserve answers.
State Senator, 14th Senatorial District.