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New Hampshire

November 1, 2012

Canadian power crews arrive to help with restoration

Crews arrive from Canada to help with utility restoration in N.H.

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“I’ve seen more people out cutting trees with sneakers and shorts on, and it just curdles my blood,” he said. “It’s just an accident waiting to happen.”

But power restoration is foremost in the minds of many — those who are still wanting for the lights to go back on.

PSNH spokesman Mike Skelton acknowledged utility crews still have “a ways to go.”

“We know where the problems are. We know what needs to be fixed,” Skelton said. “It’s a matter of having enough resources to fix every one of those problems.”

Crews from Texas, Oklahoma and Québec are here to help.

“They’re going to make a very big difference,” Skelton said. “We expect the restoration to be substantially completed by Friday evening.”

Until had restoration complete yesterday, Liberty Utilities was close and New Hampshire Electric Co-op had less than 4,000 still out at 6 p.m. Clearly, PSNH had the most powerless customers as of last night.

Trick-or-treat was postponed until this weekend in Londonderry, Pelham, Salem and Windham. But schools reopened yesterday everywhere but Derry, Windham and Sandown North Elementary. Windham and Derry were expected to resume classes today.

Skelton acknowledged the continued difficulties for many customers, but said the lights should go back on soon.

“We’ve made good progress,” he said. “We’re feeling pretty good about continuing our work here and bringing the restoration closer to the finish line.”

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