There were dozens of roads that were blocked in the Greater Danbury area overnight after trees, wires and utility poles fell in the heavy rain and wind. Drivers were urged to slow down on local roads in case they come across these issues, or police barricades. Today some schools were closed after concerns of buses or students walking and being able to navigate around downed trees and wires. There were also about 150,000 power outages statewide reported by Eversource this morning.
Bethel's Emergency Operations Director says there are a number of roads block or partially blocked after this storm. South Street will be a long duration closure, of a day or more. There are at least four utility poles down or snapped. Two or three trees have also fallen on South Street.
Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi asked that residents keep travel to a minimum to give the Highway Department and Eversource time and space to clean up. If your power is out, he suggests battery powered lights, not candles--and to make sure generators are hooked up according to manufacturer instructions. Generators should be run outside and away from windows and fan intakes.
It was six years ago yesterday that October snow storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on the Greater Danbury area. Five years ago, Superstorm Sandy blew through the region.
Easton firefighters are remembering Russ Neary, who went out on a call during Sandy and died in the line of duty. Neary had been president of the fire Easton Volunteer Fire Company.