Floodwaters Threaten Electric Substations

The threat of flooding is prompting United Illuminating to de-energize  three substations  in Bridgeport.  The move will leave about  52-thousand customers in Bridgeport and surrounding towns in the dark.

Tony Marone of U-I says the controlled shutdown is designed to  prevent catastrophic damage from saltwater to the equipment in the Congress 1 and 2 and Poquonock substations, and will allow them to return to action sooner.

William Quinlan of Connecticut Light and Power said his company was completeing  six foot tall concrete wall around a Stamford substation to protect against floodwaters,  and was preparing to deploy mobile substations, should a Branford substation have to be powered down.

Comments from both men came in the 6 p.m. Monday briefing at the Emergency Operations Center at the O’Neill Armory.

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