HARTFORD, Conn., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy suggested Monday the state may take legal action against Connecticut Light and Power for its failure to restore power to customers.
Malloy's criticism came as 45,000 customers remained without power and were expected to be left in the cold and dark for a 10th day, The Hartford Courant reported.
"Time and time again, I received their assurances that they would meet that target" of restoring power to 99 percent of customers by Sunday night, Malloy said. "They failed."
CL&P said it expected to miss its goal of restoring power to 99 percent of customers by the end of Monday but said it would restore power to all customers by Wednesday night.
"The fixing will be done, and those responsible will be held accountable," Malloy said.
Despite the outages, the Courant said municipal elections would take place as scheduled Tuesday, though nine communities had to consolidate polling places due to outages.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said she understands if residents still without power don't vote.
"If you're still without power, uppermost in your mind is that you're feeling cold and you're wondering when your power is going to come back on,'' she said. "I perfectly understand that. I'm hoping that people will be voting out there."
The Courant reported eight deaths related to last week's autumn snowstorm, four involving carbon monoxide poisoning.
CL&P Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Butler said he knows the situation "is extremely frustrating," but he said the company is "doing everything possible to get power restored to customers as quickly as possible."
The company reported 17,000 new outages Monday morning, Butler said.
The Boston Globe reported power had been restored to all but a few customers in Massachusetts by Sunday night.