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Wind fells trees, closes roads Thursday

Main Street is closed near Casagmo this morning, thanks to this tree. —Thomas B. Nash photo

UPDATED 2:30 p.m. — A total of 160 CL&P customers are offline at this time, and some roads are still closed. Main Street by Casagmo is still blocked by the above tree into wires, while Barrack Hill Road beyond about #329. More than 1,000 customers in Wilton and nearly 800 in Danbury are without electricity.

UPDATED 8:10 — 90 CL&P customers offline. Main Street still closed at Casagmo. Tree on wires on Bennett’s Farm Road near the 600s.

UPDATED 7:30 — Blue Ridge/ Barrack Hill is now open. Highway crews clearing roads where wires are not involved.  A crew will be going to Soundview soon.

UPDATED 7:15 — Here are roads that are closed at this hour: Main Street by  Casagmo; Blue Ridge/Barrack Hill; Tackora Trail at north end; Blackman by Hunter; Pierrepont Drive; Lounsbury near Hickories; Pin Pack. South Olmstead near Seymour is mostly blocked; Ridgebury Road at Pope’s Corner is reported to be one lane.

UPDATED 7 — Route 116 is now clear from town to the high school, reports bus.

UPDATED 6:50 — CL&P reports 83 customers offline here. More than 1,000 are blacked out in Danbury,  over 800 in Wilton, and 1,100 in Weston (a third of the town). School bus dispatch reports power line down on Pin Pack Road, which they consider closed.

UPDATED 6:45 — Lounsbury Road near The Hickories is closed by a tree down. A tree is blocking most of Soundview Road near #111.

UPDATED 6:40 — School bus dispatch reporting Blackman Road closed by wire down. Hunter Lane may be a bypass, but there is a limb or tree down there, too, so passing may be a squeeze. Also, Pierrepont Drive reportedly closed near #173 by a tree across the road.

UPDATED 6:25 — School bus drivers are told to  roll. There is no school delay today. Drivers were urged to use caution. Some bus runs may be late because of closed roads.

UPDATED 6:20 — School bus drivers that were already on the road have been called back to the bus  yards to await a decision on whether school will be delayed.

UPDATED 6 a.m. — A Highway Department crew has cleared the tree that had fallen on North Street. Another tree is reportedly across Barrack Hill Road near Blue Ridge. 80 CL&P customers offline.

UPDATED Thursday, 5 a.m. — High winds overnight have knocked down trees, killed power and closed roads in town.

Main Street is closed between Pound and Gilbert Street with a tree down on wires.

Another tree has taken down wires and a pole at Route 116, North Salem Road, at the north end of Tackora Trail (near the St. Pius X retreat house). Both 116 and Tackora Trail are closed.

Another tree is down on the road near 464 North Street.

The Ridgefield Academy weather station on West Mountain reported a top wind gust of 50 mph overnight.

CL&P reported at 5 that only 74 customers are offline, compared to 861 in nearby Wilton, 820 in Danbury and more than 1,000 in Darien.

Statewide, 36,000 customers are offline, about 2% of CL&P’s customers.

The trees down may mean delays for some school buses this morning, particularly those serving the high school.

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