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.