The aftermath: Who’s going to pay for Irene, and how does it affect you?

Posted on September 2, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

After a very long week for some Connecticut residents, the lights are finally coming back on in many communities. As of now, though, 11 percent of CL&P customers are still in the dark – a fact that’s frustrating residents (and Connecticut’s leaders!) more and more by the day.

Connecticut Light & Power estimated it would cost the company $75 million to repair the damage to its electrical grid – and the company at one point said it would seek rate increases to cover these costs. Senator Richard Blumenthal has since sent a letter to CL&P President/COO Jeffrey Butler strongly urging the company to “publicly disavow and abandon this idea.”

Only time will tell where the company lands on the costs incurred in the aftermath of Irene’s wrath. CL&P are still working to restore power in many towns, throughout Labor Day weekend. If you are still without power, CL&P has now published an estimated timeline of restoration efforts, by town.

In the meantime, tax professionals:

  • The DRS extended its deadline from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 for the filing and payment of certain tax deadlines.
  • The IRS announced it would grant taxpayers whose preparers were affected by Hurricane Irene until Sept. 22 to file returns normally due Sept. 15.

So that’ll help you breathe a little easier, at least!

The IRS also announced that it’d be providing tax relief to certain areas affected by Hurricane Irene. Connecticut is not currently on that list, which includes Vermont, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico; we will keep you updated if Connecticut is added to the list.

While Connecticut was given $1 million by the Federal Highway Administration for transportation repairs, the  Federal Emergency Management Agency is still assessing the damage to determine if Connecticut should be declared a disaster area.

As the Connecticut Post reported on Tuesday, Aug. 31:

Although President Barack Obama’s emergency declaration for the state Friday guarantees federal aid for some costs in preparing for Hurricane Irene, thresholds must still be met statewide and countywide for additional aid in the storm’s aftermath.

Statewide, the cost of uninsured losses must reach roughly $4.6 million, while each individual county must have $3.27 worth of damage per resident, or nearly $3 million for Fairfield County.

We will keep you updated on the blog and on our website, www.cscpa.org, as the situation evolves to let you know what parts of Connecticut will be eligible for relief and what you need to know.

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