All but 3 have power Thursday morning

One of the trees that closed Silver Spring Road.—Press photo

UPDATED Thursday, 5 a.m. — All but three CL&P customers were back online this morning. At times Wednesday, close to 500 homes were without electricity, in many cases because CL&P had to shut down major feeders to work on breaks caused by trees and limbs. Police report only one road is closed by downed trees this morning: Cooper Hill Road, about 150 in from Florida Hill Road.

Wednesday, 8:47 a.m. — Farmingville school is closed because there’s no water. Personnel Director Karen Dewing said facilities manager Joe Moritz was there all night trying to get the pumps working again, but they haven’t succeeded yet. “We can’t have children there with no water,” she said. She said the question of a make up day will be taken up later by the administration and possibly the board. “The state requires 180 days,” she said. “We have 181 scheduled.”

8:05 — Parents are receiving robocalls, saying Farmingville School is closed today.

7:50 — School bus headquarters is reporting Farmingville School is closed today.

7:30 a.m. — Six roads are still closed and nearly 200 Ridgefield customers of CL&P are without power after a wind storm yesterday knocked down dozens of trees and limbs.

Police said at 5 a.m. that the fallen trees and wires have closed the following roads: Silver Spring Road near #274; Poplar Road near Willow; Whipstick Road and Nod intersection; Barrack Hill Road near #455; Prospect Ridge near Prospect; and Flat Rock Drive. The last is a dead-end road, and some residents cannot get in or out.

CL&P said at 7:30 a.m. that 197 customers were offline here, and 18,000 in the state.

A CL&P spokesman said at 4:30 a.m. that 200 line crews and contractor crews have been working around the clock throughout the state to restore power.

At 5, a CL&P crew was working at the Barrack Hill Road tree-on-wires.

Hardest-hit areas were southwestern and eastern Connecticut. Neighboring Wilton at 5 a.m. had 863 offline (11% of the town) and Weston, 784 (20%). In Lebanon, in the eastern part of the state, 79% were offline.

While there has been no indication of a school delay, some buses will clearly have problems picking up students due to the road closures.

Tuesday, 9 p.m. — A day of winds that gusted up to 41 mph felled dozens of trees and limbs, and knocked out power to as many as 1,468 CL&P customers.

The line of thunderstorms that passed through around 8:15 p.m. seemed mild in comparison with the afternoon’s and early evening’s winds that did most of the utility damage.

At 8:45, a total of 942 CL&P customers were without power. By 9 p.m. that was down to 567 customers.

Outages occurred throughout the town, from Branchville to Ridgebury, Silver Spring to Farmingville.

A total of 1.25 inches of rain had fallen today at Danbury Airport by 8:45 p.m.

At this hour, Silver Spring Road, Prospect Ridge, and Lounsbury Lane are among the closed because of trees down.

8:20 — Heavy rains but not so heavy winds are accompanying the line of thunderstorms passing over the town.  The wind seems no worse than what the town has experienced all afternoon. A total of 938 CL&P customers are offline.

8 p.m. — Lounsbury Lane is blocked near its end at Florida Hill Road because of a tree.

7:50 p.m. — A couple of trees have taken down power lines along a stretch of Silver Spring Road, from around #260 to #274, closing the road.

7:25 p.m. — Correspondents on Twitter report  power is out in many parts of town, including Great Hill Road, Midrocks Road, Old Branchville Road, Regan Road, Old Stagecoach Road, western South Salem Road, Limestone near Bennett’s Farm, Greenridge Drive, Rita Road, and Mountain Road.

7:15 p.m. — CL&P now says 1,468 customers are offline — 13%.

6:55 p.m. — Trees and limbs continue to fall. CL&P reports 1,330 customers offline.  That’s 12% of the town.

5:35 p.m. — CL&P arrived on Farmingville Road, which has now been reopened.

5:25 p.m. — Flat Rock Drive has been blocked by a tree across the road, with wires, though the road still reportedly has power.

5:05 p.m. — Farmingville Road has been closed between New Road and Lounsbury Road by a tree burning on wires.

SUMMARY at 5 p.m. — Winds gusting up to 37 mph have been felling trees and limbs all over town, and throughout the area.

In some cases, power lines were involved, and at 5 p.m., 200 Ridgefield CL&P customers were offline.

However, others who lost power earlier in the day have had power restored.

Police, fire and highway personnel have been busy all day with reports of trees down on North Salem Road, North Street, Blackman Road, Lincoln Lane, Wilridge Road, Farmingville Road, Mulvaney Court, Keeler Drive, and other locations.

The limbs and trees down have been causing a few problems for school buses delivering children.

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  • Secondhand Rose

    For the most part this isn’t “new” damage from the most recent storm — this is damage left from last October’s storm which nobody bothered to remove or cut down. All those losely hanging branches and limbs were blown out of the trees by the winds all day yesterday and we taxpayers – as usual – reap the benefit of the town’s and CL&P’s lack of commitment to tree removal with more loss of electrical service.

    I can tell you one thing, if it were MY house that caught fire yesterday because of a downed limb, I’d be screaming for a lawyer.

  • rdg-oldtimer

    Rose– Many times over the years, I have made calls to the town or state DOT’s or town or state police. As long as I have a legitimate concern they will respond. Maybe not on MY schedule though. Give it a shot.

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