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11:10 — First selectman on the Old Sib road structural collapse: “The house is in pretty bad shape but the people are all stable at the hospital.”
9:38 — All 10,677 Ridgefield CL&P customers have lost power.
8:49 — Numerous trees and limbs down, with wires, on King Lane. Also New Street said to have many trees down.
8:48 — Two trees reported on house at 55 Buck Hill Road.
8:45 — The town is approaching 100% offline: now 97% or 10,432.
8:20 — CL&P says that 94% of the town is offline now. That’s 10,054 customers.
8:15 p.m. — Connecticut Light and Power officials say 1,000 line crews are ready to begin power restoration efforts. “More than one thousand line workers have arrived from as far away as the Pacific Northwest, Texas and Washington,” said Bill Quinlan, CL&P senior vice president of emergency preparedness. “Crews continue working as long as it is safe to do so, and our first priority is always responding to emergencies and ensuring public safety.” The effects of Hurricane Sandy now are being felt across the state, with 200,000 to 300,000 customers — including many in Fairfield and New Haven counties — having lost electricity.
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7:14 — 10,677, or 71%, of Ridgefield CL&P customers without power. 353,000, or 28%, are offline statewide now.
6:54 — An eight-year-old in the house was injured and a five-year-old also inside is possibly injured.
6:51 — A house on Old Sib Road reportedly had a structural collapse with children inside. Early reports indicated they were trapped. Now it appears they are not trapped but inside and injured.
6:21 — 2,879 Ridgefield CL&P customers are without power. That’s 26%.
6:11 — Primaries to a house on Byron avenue down to a house.
6:11 — Lounsbury Lane is closed
5:51 —Tree blocking Route 7 at Ashbee Lane. A state DOT crew is on it.
5:51 — Big pine tree down across road at Gilbert and New streets.
5:51 — Florida Hill Road is shut down because of primary power lines across the road.
5:26 — Route 116 is closed at state line with tree on wires.
5:26 — Tree and wire problem right at the intersection of West Mountain Road and Ramapoo Road. West Mountain Road is closed.
5:14 — Old South Salem Road closed by tree down. No wires involved, though.
5 — CL&P says 1,566 customers offline, about 14% of the town.
4:41 — Tree on wires at Peaceable Street and High Ridge.
4:30 — Outages reported on Bobby’s Court, Longview Drive and Riverside Drive.
4:26 — West Lane by the fountain is blocked by a downed tree.
4:21 — Power outages reported at Mamanasco Road, Florida Hill Road,
4:15 — Northbound lane of 116 blocked near High Pastures Court. Southbound lane of same road blocked elsewhere.
4:13 — Tree on wires on Old Stagecoach Road.
4:12 — Tree on wires on Cavalry Court.
4:12 — 737 Ridgefield customers have no power.
4:01 p.m. — 707 Ridgefield CL&P customers now have no power. That’s 6%
4 p.m. — Outages reported on Cains Hill Road and Old Branchville Road.
3:53 — Tree on wires on Old West Mountain Road near No. 150.
3:53 — Large tree reported on Soundview Road power lines. Soundview closed and power outage reported.
3:42 — CL&P reporting 250 power outages in town. That’s 2% of customers.
3:41 — Power outage reported on Old Redding Road.
3:38 — Town highway crew removing tree on Pin Pack Road
3:23 — Power outage reported on Ritch Drive.
3:17 — Silver Spring Road closed in 300 area where there is a great length of wire down.
3:11 — Power outage reported on Mallory Hill Road.
3:11 — Wires reported down on Old Washington Rd near Lincoln Lane. Road is blocked.
3:03 — 99 CL&P customers without power now.
2:59 — Trees reported down and still falling down on Silver Spring Road with wires.
2:46 — 94 Ridgefield CL&P customers now without power.
2:38 — Barrack Hill Road tree did not take down wires.
2:33 — Tree across the road on Barrack Hill Road.
2:16 — Tree partially blocking Branchville Road east of Nutmeg Ridge.
2:16 — Tree resting on wires on Lee Road
2:16 — Poplar Road tree clear. No damage to wires.
1:55 — Large tree down on Branchville Road near No. 599. Damaged utility pole but no wires down.
1:42 — Unoccupied car hit by tree on Peaceable Hill Road. No wires.
1:31 — 38 Ridgefield CL&P customers now without power.
1:26 — Two trees down on Ramapoo.
1:18 — Ramapoo closed because of limb on wires.
1:16 — No one sought shelter from the town last night, but a high demand is expected after the storm and volunteers are sought. Two came and left, unimpressed with accommodations at the Rec Center, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. Right now, the Rec Center shelter is open only for the sick, elderly, and disabled. The town can arrange transportation for people in need. Anyone who is healthy and can “shelter in place” is asked to do so throughout the storm.
The facility was heavily used last year after both storms once power was restored to Route 7. “We’re going to have a lot of business at Parks and Rec,” Mr. Marconi said. To volunteer call one of the town’s information lines: 203-431-2348; 203-431-2350; 203-431-2351.
1:14 — Tree or limb has taken down wires on Ramapoo Road near #221.
1:10 — CL&P says 36 customers without power.
1 p.m. — Town highway has cleared fallen tree on Whipstick Road.
12:35 — Ridgefield Apartments is making a furnished two bedroom handicap accessible apartment available free to any elderly or infirm resident in need of shelter during or after the storm. ”While we can’t guarantee power during the storm, the building is in a priority area for power restoration.” Please contact Steve Zemo at 203-830-9235.
12:25 — The Marketplace at Copps Hill Common is offering a free water fill station so residents without water due to the storm can fill their own containers. (This is not bottled water distribution.) Located at 109 Danbury Road the water fill station is between Ridgefield Organics and Ross’ Bread on the outside of the building.
12:10 p.m. — Christopher Gaydos reports tree down on Whipstick Road, near Perry Lane. Road is impassible.
11:45 — Tree on wires, near 59 Wilridge Road.
11 — The governor’s office confirmed that state roads, like Route 35 and 7, are not included the highway closure announced earlier this morning. That applies to interstates and parkways. Individual towns are responsible for closing state roads within their borders.
10 — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered road closures for all state highways. The closures will be implemented in two phases. At 11 a.m., trucks will be prohibited from operating on limited access highways. At 1 p.m., state highways will be closed to all non-emergency related vehicles. The governor said in a press release, “Residents need to take this storm very seriously. Beginning in the next several hours, wind gusts will begin to exceed 50 m.p.h., making traveling along our roads – especially wooded areas like the Merritt Parkway – very dangerous. We’re doing this in two phases, so that trucks will first be prohibited and then all non-emergency vehicles. If you’re in a non-evacuation area, stay home.”
9:46 — Limbs reported down on upper Barrack Hill and on Route 116 near North Street.
9:45 — CL&P now reports one customer offline.
9:20 — CL&P reporting 7,700 customers offline in Connecticut, but none in Ridgefield.
8:40 — Farmingville Road closed between New Road and Cain’s Hill by tree on wires. Use New Road.
8:10 — Here is a storm update: Hurricane Sandy, now off the coast of North Carolina, strengthened overnight and its center is still on course with making landfall in New Jersey and bringing devastating winds to southwest Connecticut as it shifts from a hurricane into a hybrid super storm that could last for two days. But the edges of the potentially historic storm have already reached Connecticut, where wind gusts have reached 38 mph at Sikorsky Memorial Airport. There is a high wind warning in effect through Tuesday afternoon for the area — because Sandy won’t technically be a hurricane when it gets here — that should be treated like a hurricane warning. Winds from are expected to be 30 to 50 mph with gusts up to 85 mph, according to the National Weather Service. There is also a flood watch inland and along the coast where the weather service says waves are expected to build to 6 to 12 feet within Long Island Sound. “Everyone should be moving to a place of safety. Once inside, ensure all windows and doors are secured before dangerous winds arrive,” the weather service said.—Josh Fisher, Hersam Acorn Newspapers
8:05 — Two-car accident on Route 7 by New Road. No reported injuries.
8:03 — Tackora trail tree moved.
7:55 — Tree reportedly partially blocking Tackora Trail.
7:15 — Winds gusting to 29 mph. All power on. Very light drizzle. Temperature 51 (no chance of snow!).
6:45 — Ross’ Bread reports it’s open from 7:30 to 11:30 with fresh bread, pastries and coffee. They started baking at 4 a.m.
6:35 a.m. — Fire department to area of 50 Ramapoo Road for report of tree or limb causing sparking on wires. Truck reports a “slight issue.”
5:30 a.m. — All power on in Ridgefield. Mild winds, gusting to 24 mph. Flood watch in effect. Two to four inches of rain, possibly more, expected. There has been just a trace of rain so far. Most events in town today have been cancelled or postponed. Many businesses will be closed (if you are open, tell us at link above).
5 a.m. — In his phone message last night, First Selectman Rudy Marconi reported that the town’s Emergency Operations Center would be open today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Phone numbers are 203-431-2348, 203-431-2350, and 203-431-2351.