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Fallen Tree Takes Down Utility Pole in Glenville [UPDATED]

Road closed; detour causing traffic woes.

Fallen Tree Takes Down Utility Pole in Glenville [UPDATED]


Updated 10:15 p.m.:

Greenwich Police now say Glenville Road is now reopened to traffic. Unclear whether all repairs are complete, but enough work apparently has been done so motorists can now use Glenville Road.

Updated 8:30 p.m.:

CL&P reports that a wave of gusty winds that hit Connecticut early Tuesday afternoon is to blame for a number of outages and equipment problems throughout the state.

Among them, a large tree that fell along Glenville Road, between Valley and Huntzinger drives, just before 1 p.m., Oct. 16, which took down a utility pole, power lines and a transformer, according to CL&P spokesman Al Lara. He said the transformer replacement is causing delays in repairs.

There were several residents of the Glenville area of Greenwich who were without power for almost an hour. As of 8 p.m., there was one customer without CL&P power who was relying upon a generator, Lara said.

"What has complicated matters is that there’s the pole replacement and a transformer replacement ... the job will be continuing for several more hours…through the night," Lara told Greenwich Patch. He expected the road—a major east-west artery on the western end of Greenwich—to be open for the Wednesday morning rush hour.

"There were a lot of outages that came in about the same time of the day. About 12,000 customers throughout the state because of the continuous winds taking down limbs with branches still covered in leaves," Lara explained.

Original story:

Glenville Road between Valley and Huntzinger drives remain closed Tuesday evening as utility crews work to install a new utility pole and restore electricity to the area, according to Greenwich Police.

"At approximately 1 o’clock (Tuesday) afternoon, a large tree came down bringing down a utility pole in the area," according to police spokesman Lt. Kraig Gray. "The tree has been removed and they are continuing to work on the utility lines in that area. The road remains closed … there is no estimation of when the work will be done road will be reopened."

There is a detour route set up via Weaver Street, Gray said.

According to one motorist, afternoon traffic on Weaver Street experienced long delays. The usual 5-minute trip on Weaver from Glenville to West Putnam Avenue took more than 20 minutes, according to the motorist. Glenville is a major east-west artery on the western end of Greenwich.

There are localized power outages to those families immediately effected by the power line, Gray said.

However, according to the Connecticut Light & Power Co. website, there aren't any outages reported in Greenwich.  A request for comment from CL&P was left Tuesday evening.

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