Strong winds knocked down power lines and trees around Ridgefield Monday, Feb. 25, beginning on South Olmstead Lane where one resident lost power before 8 a.m. More than 1,000 Eversource customers lost power throughout the day. \u201cOur peak outage was 1,200, which was recovered pretty quickly to about 600,\u201d said Dick Aarons, the town\u2019s emergency management director. \u201cThe town highway immediately cleared any roads where wires were not involved,\u201d he said, noting that the peak of the storm occurred around 10 a.m. Eversource crews were able to start making repairs around 2 p.m., he said. Eversource linemen typically will not go aloft in cherry-pickers in 35-40 mph winds. No injuries were reported as a result of the storm. Authorities reported one tree had fallen on a home at 185 Branchville Road, which is near Lincoln Lane. Most of the tree appeared to have missed the structure. Aarons reported 15 roads were blocked off from damage caused by the wind storm. All of the roads have since reopened, except for one section of road near 309 Limestone Road. That area has a split utility pole with wires hanging over the street. \u201cIt was a quick, really breezy day, but the problems developed really quickly and were cleared up pretty quickly,\u201d Aarons said. The town\u2019s transfer station also received wind damage and was closed Monday and Tuesday. Four public schools \u2014 Ridgefield High School, Scotts Ridge Middle School, and Barlow and Scotland elementary schools \u2014 dismissed early due to power outages, after trees came down on wires in the Ridgebury area of town. Superintendent William Collins said the power outages \u201cset in motion an interesting set of events.\u201d \u201cAt a couple of schools, the HVAC wouldn\u2019t shut down,\u201d he said. At Barlow Mountain Elementary, the electric motors in the system burned out, leading to an evacuation. \u201cWe\u2019ve dismissed due to snow, ice, and wind so far,\u201d Collins told the Board of Education Monday night. \u201cWe\u2019re going to have brimstone next,\u201d said Board Secretary Kathleen Holz.