At least two storm related deaths have been reported in the Greater Danbury area. One person was killed in New Fairfield and another in Danbury.
A 41 year old woman was killed when a tree fell on her car on Brush Hill Road in New Fairfield and a 3 year old child was taken to Danbury Hospital for evaluation.
Mayor Mark Boughton says a man was killed when a tree fell on his truck Tuesday afternoon. Boughton also says a teenager suffered serious injuries when he was hit by the roof of a dugout on a baseball field at Henry Abbott Tech.
Two Danbury firefighters were injured. The firefighters were injured during a response on Candlewood Lake. First responders used a boat to cross the water to get to a man who was killed when a tree fell on his pickup truck. Danbury Fire Department Spokesman Mark Omasta says they have been out all night working to "make safe" all the downed wires and trees while responding to multiple emergency calls.
The force of the wind warped this billboard on Mill Plain Road.
Sandy Hook firefighters responded to 58 calls for trees through homes, trees and wires down and accident from 5pm to 11pm. Multiple roads are impassable. The Newtown Municipal Center at Fairfield Hills and the Newtown Senior Center at 14 Riverside Road in Sandy Hook will be available today to those who need to charge electronic devices, and as a place of comfort for those without power. Newtown Youth Academy will be available for showers, First Selectman Dan Rosenthal asked that people check in at front desk.
Bethel's Emergency Management team has posted a list on their Facebook page of blocked and partially blocked roads.
(Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company)
People are asked to shelter in place if possible and use the appropriate cautions when operating generators.
A functional needs shelter has been opened in Danbury at the Gym on West Conn's mid-town campus on Osborne Street. The shelter is limited to those area residents who are without power and need to use a medical device, such as oxygen and ventilators. The shelter will remain open until further notice.
The storms downed trees and power lines across the region. Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage. Metro-North suspended some service because of downed trees on the tracks.
In Redding, as of 8 am the following roads have been deemed CLOSED due to trees and wires down in the roadway:
- Drummer Lane
- Simpaug Turnpike @ Topledge
- Gallows Hill Rd (area of #23)
- Side Cut Rd
- Fire Hill Rd
- Picketts Ridge Rd (multiple locations)
- Route 58 @ Oldfield Ln
- Dorothy Rd @ Ledgewood
- Old Redding Rd (area of #37)
In addition to the closed roads there are additional roads in town that have trees on wires and/or wires down.
- Umpawaug Rd (area of #170)
- Pocahontas Rd (area of # 80)
- Mountain Rd (area of # 105)
- Chestnut Woods Rd
- Wayside Lane
- Newtown Turnpike (area of #50)
- Glen Hill Rd
- Lee Lane