Mar 16, 2010 11:55 AM by Associated Press

Storm was worst-ever for some Northeast utilities

A three-day rainstorm that caused flooding and downed trees was among the most devastating ever to the electrical grid in some parts of the Northeast.

New Jersey's Public Service Electric & Gas says the storm was the worst in its history. Consolidated Edison, which powers New York City and some northern suburbs, says it was the worst since Hurricane Gloria in 1985.

Nearly a half-million people lost power at the peak of the storm in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Governors from New Jersey to Massachusetts are seeking federal assistance.

Utility crews are still chipping away at the power outages. Crews are still on the job in Connecticut, trying to restore electricity to nearly 41,000 homes and businesses.




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