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Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company staffed the firehouse for the duration of the storm and EMS had an additional Paramedic level ambulance last night and plan to overnight tonight as well as a precaution.  Drivers are being reminded to treat any downed wire as it is live, to take alternate routes because standing water can be deep and to reduce speeds to keep from hydroplaning.

Redding has many low lying areas where water can cross the road.  Heavy rains over the last week, and today, can mean water logged limbs falling on wires and roads even without high winds. Eversource has activated crews in advance of the storm and is prepared for widespread power outages across the State.  If a fallen tree on the public roadway, with or without wires, is blocking the street, drivers are asked to report it to Redding Police dispatch at 203-938-3400.  On private property, it should be reported to Eversource.

Some local municipal leaders are offering safety information to new residents.  Easton First Selectman Dave Bindelglass says people who are new to town may not be familiar with well water, generators and septic systems.  Anyone with well water is urged to fill bathtubs before storms because the well will not work if the power goes out.  Water will also be provided at town hall.  The Easton Senior Center will be opened if needed for shelter or cooling.  Showers will be available at Joel Barlow High School in the event of prolonged outages.  Anyone with a generator is reminded not to refuel it while running.  If there are prolonged power issues.

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