Tom Lawson, right, and his daughter, Holly, 7, make a snowman while waiting for the school bus in East Montpelier, Vt., Wednesday, April 28, 2010. A spring snowstorm dumped 12-to-18 inches of snow in some areas of Vermont according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) --
Connecticut Light & Power says seven times its normal number of line crews are working to restore power after the October snow storm, and it remains on track to restore electricity to 99 percent of its customers by midnight Sunday.
The utility reported about 176,000 customers without power by early evening Saturday. That's down from about 300,000 on Friday and 830,000 at the peak of the outages.
The utility's chief operating officer, Jeffrey Butler, said at a press conference Saturday that customers who pay their October bills late won't be charged a fee.
He also said the utility must do a better job communicating about changing conditions.
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