National Grid lauded for response during power outage

WESTPORT A power outage on March 26 offered a minor inconvenience for Westport businesses and residents, but was accepted with less anger than in the past. Westport, which is on the end of the transmission line of National Grid, has had multiple problems with reliable service. However, after a windstorm in early 2006 left people without power for days, National Grid has taken steps to improve reliability. National Grid spokesperson Patrick Stella said the outage resulted from an equipment problem in Port Henry. Twelve hundred area residents were affected by the outage, which started at noon. Power was restored to the area around 3 p.m. Our crews got out there as fast as we could and repaired the problem. An outage is never something we want to see, and we apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, said Stella. This is not something I'm upset at all at National Grid about, said Westport supervisor Daniel Connell. Weve had very good service for the last year. Connell said that tree-trimming performed by National Grid had helped, and the company offered good communication during the outage. Classes at Westport Central School continued as usual, although activities immediately after school were canceled. Activities starting after 5 p.m. were held since power was restored in time.

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