Eversource plans to restore power across state by Friday

After receiving heavy wind and rain 1.3 million homes and businesses were left without power across New England. However, Eversource line and tree crews worked overnight Monday to restore power to those impacted by the power outages.

As of early afternoon Tuesday, Eversource restored power to more than 220,000 of it’s New Hampshire customers.

“In Nashua we have 1,079 customers without power,” Eversource spokesperson Kaitlyn Woods said. “Statewide we have about 89,000 customers without power.”

She said they’re making really good progress, working around the clock to restore power. While working through Sunday night crews mostly cleaned debris and moved trees and wires to make way for emergency access crews. She said a lot of roads were blocked by downed power lines and trees while some roads were even flooded.

“Right now we are finishing up assessing all the damage and people will be restoring power to customers today and Wednesday,” Woods said.

She said power should be restored statewide by Friday morning.

“We’ve made tremendous progress and will continue working 24/7 until all customers are restored,” said Joe Purington, Eversource N.H. vice president of electric operations, in a news release distributed Tuesday afternoon. “Many customers will be restored today and tomorrow. Given the significant damage to roadways and equipment, though, we do expect we’ll continue restoration work into Friday.”

As Eversource workers and tree crews continued work Tuesday, they were joined by new crews sent in to assist. There are more than 125 line workers from Canada and more than 100 additional tree workers from as far away as Pennsylvania working to restore power. More than 100 additional line workers are scheduled to arrive in the state by Wednesday to be given a safety briefing before being deployed across the state.

To stay informed on power outages in your area Eversource provides an Outage Map online at www.eversource.com/psnh/

outage/outagemap.aspx.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.