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Thursday, 14 December 2017 14:47

Mixed Reviews Offered Over National Grid's October Storm Response

(TNS) - The R.I. Division of Public Utilities and Carriers took comments Tuesday on the performance of National Grid after a late October storm that downed trees and power lines in many parts of the state, knocking out power to more than 150,000 Rhode Islanders.

Three days after the storm, thousands of Rhode Islanders were still without power and Gov. Gina Raimondo called for an investigation into the utility's response. That set the stage for Tuesday's hearing, which drew about 30 people.

Among them was Gina Murray, of Johnston, who asserted that a contractor hired by National Grid bungled the job of reconnecting a downed line at her house. The resulting power surges, said Murray, were like a "poltergeist" that caused $7,000 in damage to appliances, boilers and other items.