By 4:30 p.m. Monday, 8 percent of the CL&P service area was out of power and those in the dark included, by coincidence, the heads of both unions representing line workers.
Frank Cirillo and John Fernandes, business managers of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers locals 457 and 420, respectively, took it in stride. hey both spent the afternoon checking on workers, making sure the overlay of CL&P crew and outside linemen was smooth.
“Everybody’s out there working, but the damage hasn’t even begun yet. I think we’re in for a long night,” said Cirillo, of Waterbury, where 7 percent of customers were in the dark.
An hour later, at 5 p.m., CL&P was up to 14 percent in the dark.