The town cleared all roads of trees earlier this week, the release states. But "as of today, dozens of homes remain inaccessible to fire apparatus because CL&P has failed to deploy crews to work with the town."
Residents "could die in fires and homes could burn to the ground," the release states.
"In the last 24 hours, CL&P has taken no action to correct this critical situation … We now feel it necessary to publicly state that we intend to hold the President and Board of Directors of CL&P responsible for any fire deaths, injuries, or property damage in those portions of town that remain inaccessible."
On Oak Street Friday afternoon, Fire Chief Philip Crombie Jr. pointed out seven homes bracketed by fallen wires and trees. Town crews have cleared all other tree-blocked roads and could quickly open the affected streets, he said, but they cannot work around possibly live wires.
"My position is, it's on their heads," Crombie said. "I can't understand why, after seven days, we haven't taken care of public safety."
A CL&P spokesperson could not be reached Friday.
Meanwhile, Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Administrator Rich Serino met with state and local officials Friday and visited areas impacted by the nor'easter storm last weekend.
"One thing that struck me is how resilient people from Connecticut are," he said.
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama declared emergencies for Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, authorizing FEMA to coordinate disaster relief efforts to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, according to a press release from FEMA.
FEMA has deployed liaisons to state emergency management operations centers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire to support and assist coordination and disaster response operations.
"I am going to fight … for the kind of emergency relief needed to reimburse these towns for every dollar, nickel and dime owed," Blumenthal said. He said he would fight for funding from FEMA and other sources.
Blumenthal also said he thinks there should be a federal investigation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He said FERC should investigate the "integrity and safety" of the state's power lines, and said he would push for a state inquiry "to insure that steps are taken … to prevent this from happening again."
Avon was among the hardest hit areas in the state, and 80 percent of customers were still without power on Friday morning, according to the CL&P website.
"As of Thursday, there were 25 impassable roads in Avon," Murphy said. "That is a public safety nightmare. We're gonna fight like heck to make sure Connecticut gets every dime."
Town Manager Brandon Robertson said he was fed up with CL&P's response, and said the town had its public works crews waiting to remove trees after line crews disabled power lines.
"Municipal officials are tired of this situation. It's entirely unacceptable," Robertson said. "Since Sunday, we have been asking for line crews to keep our public works crews working. We've wasted 80 to 100 hours of our crews' time. We were promised crews, and they never showed up. We are mad. Municipal officials, residents … are looking for results."
"Frankly, [CL&P is] going to have to perform miracles to get back up by Sunday," Murphy said.
"It's pretty unexplainable why they've had this area go with hardly any restoration for six days," Murphy said.
At a press conference later in the day, Blumenthal said he was "underwhelmed by the planning that preceded this event. I think that is an understatement. There was completely inadequate preparation in my view."