Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi says the town's southern end was hit hardest by yesterday's storm, downing many large trees, utility poles and stretches of power lines and communications cables. Utility and tree crews are working with Ridgefield highway personnel to clear roads and restore services, but Marconi says it may be several days before all residents are back online.
Motorists are being reminded not to drive over downed lines, and if a downed line is in or near water, keep your distance, even from a little puddle.
Generator exhaust contains carbon monoxide, and using a generator indoors can kill a perosn within minutes. The generator should be well away from the home, making sure exhaust cannot easily enter in through open windows or doorways. The safe way to connect a generator to your existing wiring is to have a licensed electrical contractor install a transfer switch. When improperly installed, home generators of any size - even small ones - can backfeed enough power onto the electrical grid where it is “stepped up” to very high voltages.
As of 5am Wednesday, Eversource is reporting 8,748 outages, about 79.61% of town.
Impacted roads include:
High Ridge closed near Bryon Ave due to tree down.
Nod Rd. closed near Twin Ridge due to tree down
Main St closed near Pound Street and 116 due to tree down
Main St partially blocked near Market St due to tree down
Main St at Rockwell blocked due to tree down
Copps Hill blocked due to tree down
116/North Salem Closed at Continental due to tree down
Route 7 Blocked at Cains Hill
Ivy Hill blocked at Prospect due to tree down
Wilton Rd West (33) partially closed by tree
Farmingville near Walnut Grove blocked due to tree down
Lewis blocked at Golf Ln
Golf Ln 1 lane passable
Peaceable Hill between Peaceable Hill and Remington, Tree on wires, 1 lane
Boulders in Road Florida Rd, drive carefully