As of 9:30am, approximately 1,935 Bethel homes and businesses remain without power. First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says there are currently 25 major roadways blocked by downed trees and limbs. Most of these also involve power lines. Town highway crews are removing smaller debris. Knickerbocker says contractors with bucket trucks and heavy lift equipment have been retained to move larger tree trunks and limbs.
Eversource crews are in the field conducting damage evaluations. Based on the extent of damage in the area, Knickerbocker expects restoration to take several days, at the least.
The Bethel municipal center and Stony Hill fire headquarters are both open for use of showers and charging electronic devices now and will remain available until 8pm. Free wi-fi is also available at the municipal center.
Residents are reminded not to approach downed wires of any kind.