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Heat, storms cause power outages in Greater Danbury area

Some severe weather moved through Litchfield County last night.  The storm caused downed trees and power outages in the New Milford and Sherman areas.  At the height of the storm, New Milford Mayor Pete Bass says more than a thousand Eversource customers were without power.  A majority of them, nearly 900 were associated with downed trees in the Van Car area.  There were more than 8,000 outages statewide last night.  In Sherman 81 percent of the town was without power.

Before the storm, there were a lot of power outages reported in Fairfield County.  Eversource reported nearly 5,000 outages in Ridgefield yesterday afternoon, about 45-percent of the town.  Eversource told First Selectman Rudy Marconi that it may be due to grid overloading due to the extreme temperature and electricity usage. 

The utility later said it was due to a heat-related problem at one of their substations.  Town Hall was running on a generator. 

The outage included Ballard Green, the town’s affordable housing apartment complex for seniors and people with disabilities.  Marconi told the Newstimes a generator there died, and urged people to service their equipment now ahead of hurricane season. 

More than 2,000 outages were also reported in Danbury, but it was not immediately clear what caused the Danbury outages.