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Local leaders offer severe weather reminders

The first tropical storm of hurricane season is threatening Connecticut. 

Ridgefield Emergency Manager Dick Aarons says this could just be a rain and wind event, but households should inspect their generators to be sure the manufacturer’s recommendations for safe operation are followed while being fueled.  Water and food for at least three days should be stocked for family members, including pets. Due to the Pandemic, there will be no pre-storm sheltering in Ridgefield.  Residents are being advised to shelter in place during and after storm passage.  Group shelters will only be opened in Connecticut as a last resort for this storm, or any other major event until the pandemic ends.

Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker is offering a few severe storm reminders to residents.  In the event of power failures, outages should be reported directly to Eversource.  Residents should not attempt to clear or trim trees that are tangled in downed power lines.  Downed trees that are blocking roadways can be reported to the Bethel Police Department non-emergency line at 203-744-7900, press "0" for the dispatch desk. The police department will coordinate with the highway department.