New Milford Mayor Pete Bass says the Public Works Department employees are out clearing as many roads as they can, but are only able to move trees that don't have power lines in them. The Parks and Rec team will be up the Green and boat slips at Lynn Deming assisting in continued clean up. Lynn Deming was closed around noon yesterday, except for people tying down boats.
Eversource will continue clearing trees with power lines in them to open up closed roads and then Bass says they will focus on power restoration. He asked for residents to be patient as the damage in New Milford is extensive.
Drivers are reminded to watch out for trees and wires in the roadway, and not drive across a downed power line. Motorists should treat all nonworking traffic lights as stop signs and proceed cautiously at intersections.
Bass is also reminding residents to not enter damaged buildings with flame lanterns, candles or lighted cigarettes because there may be gas leaks. Appliances should be plugged in and turned on one at a time to avoid a power surge once power is restored. Bass is also asking the community to call family or friends, and do a wellness check to see how they are doing - especially those that are elderly or have medical issues.
As of 5am Wednesday, Eversource is reporting 6,393 outages, about 45.70% of town.