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Ridgefield At Almost 100 Percent Power As Of 5 A.M. Tuesday [Update]

The influx of crews brought power back over the weekend.

Update, Tuesday, 5 a.m.

CL&P reports that only nine homes, less than one percent of Ridgefield's customers, are powerless as of 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Update, Monday, 11:10 a.m.

With outages hovering in the single digits since Sunday evening, the town is now 97 percent restored as of 11 a.m.

Forty line crews, 29 service crews and at least 25 tree crews are still at work on the streets of Ridgefield, aiming to restore power to the estimated 400 or so homes that have gone more than a week without power.

Schools are expected to return to a normal schedule on Tuesday, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said, after taking a two-hour delay Monday -- Superintendent Deborah Low will make a statement later in the day.

Marconi is still backing a petition to bring forward an investigation and further regulation of power companies to the state legislature. Petitions are available in all town buildings run by volunteer residents.

"We're asking the people of Ridgefield to reach out, talk to their neighbors and find a petition to sign," Marconi said. "We need support to bring this demand for change to Hartford.

The postponed Halloween celebration went by without a hitch, Marconi said, with much of the foot traffic focused on the downtown area.

The rescheduled town meeting to discuss the purchase of the Schlumberger property will take place tonight, Monday, Nov. 7, in the East Ridge Middle School auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Update, Monday, 6:45 a.m.

CL&P is reporting that power is restored to 98 percent of Ridgefield with only 318 homes still without electricity.

Schools are still on a two-hour delay.

Update, Sunday, 12:50 p.m.

The arrival of 25 crews Saturday brought the number of powerless homes in Ridgefield to 23 percent by Sunday afternoon.

Update, Saturday, 12:25 p.m.

The town is now at 40 percent without power.

Twenty more crews are expected to arrive midday, according to a message from the EOC, bringing the town to 32 line crews total.

Update, Friday, 9:20 p.m.

In the Everbridge phone message sent Friday evening from the EOC, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said the town is down to 38 percent without power.

He said that "many calls" have been made to CL&P and that the EOC is "demanding" more crews to arrive tomorrow.

CL&P has guaranteed that the number will go from 38 percent to one percent by midnight Saturday.

Update, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Officials in the EOC are "cautiously optimistic" that schools will be powered up and ready to receive students on Monday, according to First Selectman Rudy Marconi.

East Ridge Middle School is still down, although it had temporary power over night, as well as Ridgebury and Farmingville elementary schools.

With still no news of additional crews coming to town, Marconi said the 12 line crews and 12 tree crews have still been working on trunk lines on Rtes. 33 and 35 all day, some of which has been restored.

CL&P publicly guaranteed Governor Dannel P. Malloy that the state would be 99 percent with power by Saturday, Ridgefield included, but Marconi said, "No way."

Meanwhile, the costs to the town are beginning to exceed Irene's benchmark of $230 thousand, which Marconi feels is well under what this one will eventually cost.

Halloween will still be celebrated on Sunday, six days after the "real" Halloween, but safety is still a concern due to down power lines in neighborhoods, and the EOC will make a decision before then.

All churches and temples have been restored as of Friday afternoon, and the shelter at the Recreation Center remains open indefinitely -- as temperatures are expected to drop below 30 tonight, the EOC urges families to find a warm place to sleep.

Update, Friday, 1 p.m.

Although the number of powerless in Ridgefield dipped below 40 percent this morning, high winds and the re-energizing process have brought that number back to 51 percent as of 12:45 p.m. Friday.

No additional crews have been confirmed for today, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said, leaving Ridgefield with the same 12 line crews and 12 tree crews as before, a number Marconi said will make it difficult for CL&P to reach its 99-percent-by-Saturday-night goal.

These crews are working in the south, west and north parts of town, still restoring power to main trunk lines.

Winds of up to 30 mph today could cause additional blackouts, even to those who have had their power temporarily restored -- for instance, East Ridge Middle School, which had power yesterday, is currently without it at this point.

Sunday's postponed Halloween events, Monday's supposed start of school and Tuesday's election are all still on, but Marconi said the town is playing it day to day when it comes to rescheduling further.

On top of that, people are becoming understandably frustrated, some "absolutely irate," Marconi said -- a woman had to be removed from the EOC by police earlier this morning.

In addition to Parks and Recreation, Town Hall will be open today through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. as a charging station and workspace with a quiet room. Yanity Gym will not be available for this purpose as the Doobie Brothers are performing at the Playhouse and there will be a gala held in the gym.

Rtes. 35 and 33 are priorities today as crews continue to power up the main trunk lines -- then they will start with the side streets and branch lines.

Update, Friday, 5 a.m.

CL&P is reporting that 39 percent of Ridgefield is without power as of 5 a.m. Friday morning.

Further updates from the EOC will be available around noon.

Update, Thursday, 5:45 p.m.

The EOC reports that the crews on Rte. 7 are almost finished with getting power restored and should have it done by this evening, despite being plagued by traffic and fire earlier today.

Those crews will then move south on Rte. 35 to finish those trunk lines before moving into side streets and neighborhoods.

CL&P had not, as of 5 p.m. Thursday, indicated the arrival of additional crews for tomorrow leaving the total at 12 line crews and 12 tree crews plus the town highway department.

A petition to the state to further regulate power companies is starting to make the rounds, and First Selectman Rudy Marconi said the petition has received support via email.

Crews today were also in the Ridgebury and West Mountain areas, and Marconi said he hoped to be able to send crews to southern parts of town by tomorrow.

He said that those sitting at the EOC table all agree that the Saturday evening deadline set by CL&P is questionable -- this includes Fire Chief Heather Burford, Police Chief John Roche, Highway Department Chair Pete Hill, Emergency Operations Coordinator Dick Aarons, School Superintendent Deborah Low, Health Director Ed Briggs and Parks and Recreation Chair Paul Roche.

CL&P liaison Patrick Foley is also part of the decision-making process.

As of 5 p.m. the traffic light at Rte. 7 and Rte. 102 in Branchville had recently started working, but CL&P still reports that 55 percent of Ridgefield is without power.

Update, Thursday, 1 p.m.

As outages hover around 55 percent still according to CL&P, the power company is still holding to its Saturday evening deadline of 99 percent power restored.

First Selectman Rudy Marconi is less optimistic given the number of crews.

Having lost one crew since Wednesday, there are now 12 of each line crews and tree crews working town. The highway department and one line and tree crew worked overnight.

The priorities as of noon on Thursday were the Branchville traffic light at Rte. 102 and Rte. 7 and then Rte. 35. There are also crews in Ridgebury and the West Mountain area.

There are only eight more blocked roads at this point, down from the original 123.

Marconi is asking residents' help in forming a petition to call for an "investigation and an action plan to regulate power companies in the state of Connecticut."

"Since deregulation was implemented by the state of Connecticut," Marconi said, "our rates have skyrocketed and our services have been on the low side."

To help with the petition, email Marconi at selectman@ridgefieldct.org or call 203-431-2700.

The transfer station's free brush collection has been extended for a week to next Saturday.

SATs, although slated originally to be held at the high school on Saturday, may be canceled due to phone systems being down -- Superintendent Deborah Low will issue a statement later today.

Governor Dannel Malloy said yesterday that the state would not at this time offer leniency for the number of school days -- with winter still approaching, students have already missed eight days of school this year.

Update, Wednesday, 5:45 p.m.

"People are becoming very frustrated," First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Wednesday afternoon. "Awful emails are being sent, people are yelling on the phone -- it's Irene all over again."

CL&P reported as of 5 p.m. that 62 percent of Ridgefield was still without power, up from an earlier 59 percent, due in part to the repair process.

Still with 13 line crews and 12 tree crews working long hours on the fourth day, Marconi heard of no additional crews on their way at this time and said "the math doesn't add up" to have these crews finish 99 percent of the work by Saturday evening as CL&P has said earlier.

"There has been horrific communication throughout," Marconi said of CL&P leadership.

As of Wednesday afternoon, crews were working up Rte. 7 from Rte. 102, as well as West Mountain Rd. and Riverside Dr., and a crew was working with the highway department to clear blocked roads throughout town.

These main lines must be cleared before the branch lines can be addressed, Marconi noted.

Governor Dannel Malloy toured parts of Ridgefield this morning and visited the Parks and Recreation shelter, voicing his own concerns about Northeast Utilities' ability to handle the situation.

"This type of response is inexcusable," Marconi said. "The bottom line is we need more crews, but it's a repeat performance of Irene."

Due to poor communication at the high school, sports practices have been canceled for Thursday, but the SATs are still being held Saturday.

Thousands have visited the shelter in the last four days with numbers in the double digits staying overnight. A regional shelter has been set up in Danbury, as well, for those with specific medical needs -- call the Ridgefield Fire Department for help and transport.

There will be another update from the EOC Thursday around noon.

Update, Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

With one more line crew from CL&P bringing the total count to 13, power is being restored to Ridgefield little by little, but First Selectman Rudy Marconi said in an EOC update that the town needs even more crews at this point.

CL&P has committed to restoring 99 percent of Ridgefield's power by midnight Saturday, but Marconi said that the company's strategy is questionable.

"It seems they're paying more attention to the investors than to the customers," Marconi said. In an early-morning meeting, he said, it was evident that CL&P was looking to restore the denser areas as opposed to taking a more strategic approach and addressing needs.

Thirty-six people stayed at the Recreation Center shelter overnight Thursday into Wednesday where those with special needs are being provided assistance.

About 50 roads remain blocked out of the original 120, and crews are expecting to clear those by tonight.

Four schools have been restored as of Wednesday morning: Barlow Mountain ES, Scotland ES, Ridgefield HS and Scotts Ridge MS. SATs will still be held Saturday at the high school.

The town's main concern, Marconi said, is not having enough crews to reach the 99 percent goal by Saturday, which would require extensive work on the "trunk," or main, lines to get to the less dense areas of town.

"The crews we have have been overworked," Marconi said of the crews that have worked tireless days since Saturday. "They've been pushed, and we thank them for that."

Update, Wednesday, 8:50 a.m.

CL&P is now reporting that 59 percent are still without power in Ridgefield.

Gov. Dannel Malloy will be visiting Ridgefield after a brief update from the EOC.

Update, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

Governor Dannel Malloy is planning to stop in Ridgefield Wednesday morning to tour the damage caused by the weekend's storm.

With maps now available from the Emergency Operations Center, First Selectman Rudy Marconi pointed out the extensiveness of the original damage and the amount of power restored in town (see photos).

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, 12 line crews and eight tree crews worked the roads of Ridgefield, a much better turnout than the first two days with only one to two crews, Marconi said.

The Rte. 102 and West Mountain Rd. area is set to be a priority for Wednesday.

Still waiting on word from the state regarding possible National Guard deployment, Marconi said FEMA will be delivering water at some point Wednesday.

The Recreation Center shelter remains active, according to director Paul Roche, and although hints of agitation among the public have risen, most people have remained good-natured.

Patch will have a quick update around 10 a.m. Wednesday after a meeting with the EOC and then more from Malloy as he makes the rounds.

The CL&P outage map has apparently crashed and is unavailable at the time of this report.

Update, Tuesday, 1 p.m.

Ridgefield has received notice that ten additional crews are on their way to join the one crew that worked overnight to restore power to about 28 percent of town.

Schools have officially been canceled until Monday, Nov. 7.

First Selectman Rudy Marconi said that much of the power that has been restored has been due to the work of Ridgefield resident and CL&P foreman Chuck Shutte, as he knows how the system works and has worked tirelessly the last three days with his crew.

That crew will be working on North Street out to the high school today.

The National Guard has been requested, and the state is working to get those additional guardsmen to Ridgefield to clean up the streets.

Marconi also said that Halloween passed with no major issues.

Update, Monday, 5:30 p.m.

First Selectman and Emergency Operations Director Rudy Marconi said Monday afternoon that, although the damage was arguably worse this weekend than during tropical storm Irene, the reaction by Northeast Utilities has been similarly frustrating.

"It's Irene all over again, no change," Marconi said. "They'll say, 'It was only eight weeks ago, how can you expect changes?' but that's the problem -- [Northeast Utilities] should have implemented these changes weeks ago."

Ridgefield was at 74 percent without power by 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Marconi blamed state legislators in Hartford, as well, for "continuing to plan" rather than coordinating into action the money set aside for emergency preparedness.

The problem, Marconi said, much as he did with Irene, is that there simply aren't enough line crews working and Northeast Utilities wasn't prepared to set them into motion.

After a crew failed to arrive today, there were only two crews taking care of downed wires. Tree crews and highway crews have been successful in many parts of town bringing the number of blocked roads from around 120 to only about 20, but the restoration of power depends on the work of certified line crews from Northeast Utilities, who say more are on the way.

But Ridgefield hasn't seen the ones already promised, and Marconi chooses not to guess when they'll actually arrive.

"With the highest electric rates outside of Hawaii," Marconi said, "we're paying for much more than we're getting, in this case."

There will be an update on schools tomorrow around noon, and the special town meeting slated for tomorrow night regarding the Schlumberger land purchase has been pushed to Nov. 7.

"The crews we have here and all our employees are doing a great job," Marconi said. "But they just don't have enough help."

Update, Monday, 3 p.m.

CL&P is now reporting that 82 percent of Ridgefield is without power.

The EOC will hold a 4 p.m. press conference, after which Patch will have the updates.

Many restaurants in town are opening for dinner, including Planet Pizza, 50 Coins, Nature's Temptations and more. Leave a comment below with information about further openings.

Update, Monday, noon

Although 87 percent of Ridgefield remains without power, the number of line crews is steadily on the rise -- by Monday at 11 a.m., First Selectman Rudy Marconi reported the town highway department, three line crews from Northeast Utilities and four private tree crews hired by the town were out on the roads.

With the Rte. 35 corridor open, the priority is still Rte. 7 to activate nursing homes, as well as assisted living at Prospect Ridge and Ballard Green.

Hot showers and other services are being offered at the Recreation Center for anyone in town. The transfer station is open and free for residents and brush only -- no trash and no businesses.

NE Utilities has reported that 750 additional crews have been contacted to come to Connecticut, 250 of which are en route, Marconi said.

A priority is also being placed on neighborhoods that are completely blocked in by trees and wires.

Marconi said the town is "still not where we even started with Irene" and that the signing of mutual aid by CL&P, which was done yesterday, should have been done before the storm -- a "big problem," he said.

Updates about Thursday and Friday school dates will arrive tomorrow around noon from Superintendent Deborah Low -- schools are officially closed until Wednesday.

As for Halloween, Marconi said the town will be asking those outside to head back in as downed power wires are a cause for concern while power is being resotored -- as crews switch power on and off during the process, some homes may periodically gain and lose power.

Snowfall counts reached about 8-10 inches in the center of town and up to 20 inches in the northwest hills.

No injuries or major damage have been reported, Marconi said, but in order to keep it that way, he stressed that everyone spend Halloween at home.

Update, Monday, 10:30 a.m.

CL&P is still reporting 87 percent without power in Ridgefield.

The official shelter in Ridgefield has moved to the Parks and Recreation Center, although hose water is still available at Yanity Gym.

Go to the Rec. Center for showers, facilities, coffee or charging stations.

The Emergency Operations Center will be holding a press conference at 11 a.m., and Patch will have the update shortly thereafter.

Update, Sunday, 9:30 p.m.

In a Sunday evening message from the Emergency Operations Message, Marconi said Ridgefield is at 87 percent without power.

Three hundred more line crews are currently in the state and 450 are expected to arrive in the next few days.

Power is restored to the Rte. 35 corridor from North Salem Rd. to the Parks and Recreation Center, which will be open in the morning at 6 a.m. The shelter will be moved to the Rec. Center by Monday evening.

Schools will remain closed until at least Thursday.

Update, 5:10 p.m.

According to the latest townwide message sent via the telephone Everbridge system, about 94-95 percent of Ridgefield homes and businesses remain without power.

Those with power at this point -- though service is still spotty -- are parts of southern Ridgefield, Casagmo and parts of Fire Hill, Barrack Hill, Blue Ridge, Walnut Hill, Old West Mountain Rd., as well as Rte. 116 up to and including Tackora Hill and part of Grove St., First Selectman Rudy Marconi said in an official press conference.

One of two main transmission lines has been mostly repaired, Marconi said, while the other remains inactive.

"To give you a sense of the magnitude of this storm," Marconi said, "once these two transmission lines are repaired, we'll be at the same point we were during [tropical storm] Irene."

Opening the Rte. 35 corridor is once again a priority to get grocery stores, doctors' offices and pharmacies back online -- the nursing homes along Rte. 7 also present a major concern.

The number of trees and limbs down across town, as well as power lines and the sheer amount of snow is making it difficult for the highway department to clear the roads -- at this time, there is one line crew from Northeast Utilities with more not expected until Tuesday morning.

Due to about 24 hours of work Saturday through Sunday, Marconi said crews will stop work around 6 p.m. tonight to begin again Monday morning.

With over one million customers across the state without power, crews are once again spread thin -- Marconi expects at least a week until Ridgefield is at full capacity.

As for a Halloween Monday in Ridgefield, Marconi said it is, for all intents and purposes, "canceled" this year in Ridgefield out of concern for those walking the streets among downed limbs and power lines.

The holiday will commence next Sunday, Nov. 6, for those who want to trick-or-treat or partake in the town's events.

Similarly, Marconi recommends turning off all appliances, shutting well water off if you plan to leave town, not using gas ovens improperly and taking care while snowblowing or shoveling so as to avoid power lines under the snow.

Volunteers are needed, he said, and those wishing to do so should call the Emergency Operations Center at 431-2346 or 431-2352.

Update 4:30 p.m.

According to a notice posted in Ridgefield, all Halloween activites have been postponed to Nov. 6.

At the shelter:

  • 6 p.m. Meals available
  • 8 p.m. Set-up for overnight guests begins
  • 10 p.m. Lights out

Update 4 p.m.

Ridgefield public schools are closed through Wednesday, according to this update just posted on the district's website:

Because of the storm damage, school is CANCELLED Mon Oct 31, Tues Nov 1, and Wed Nov 2 with a strong likelihood for longer than that depending on power restoration schedule. Updates will be provided as soon as information is available.

Update 3:30 p.m.

Planet Fitness is offering use of its shower and locker room facilities to residents who need them in the wake of the historic snowstorm. A complete list of the company's gyms in Connecticut can be found here.

Locations in Fairfield County include:

  • Shelton (two locations, and )
  • Stamford ( and )

Update 1 p.m.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said through his Twitter feed that he’s asked President Obama to declare a federal emergency in Connecticut.

Currently, more than 820,000 utility customers in the state are without power, including more than 800,000 from Connecticut Light & Power. CL&P has no new updates since Tweeting four hours ago that outages could last one week.

The CEO of United Illuminating—whose Fairfield County towns include Easton, Fairfield, Shelton and Trumbull—said customers should have power restored Monday.

Stay on your local Patch for school closing and delay information as it becomes available, and be sure to create a user account to post comments on this article or upload your photos and videos by clicking the “Submit Your Photos” button.

Here’s a snapshot of outages in our towns at 1 p.m.:

Town

% Customers

Saturday

 

 

 

Sunday

 

 

3 p.m.

4 p.m.

5 p.m.

6 p.m.

7 p.m.

12 a.m.

9 a.m.

1 p.m.

Darien

10

26

41

47

37

27

26

26

Easton

0

16

20

22

38

29

42

46

Fairfield

2

3

4

4

4

5

14

14

Greenwich

5

12

13

14

15

18

18

17

New Canaan

8

22

24

38

39

42

42

43

Norwalk

15

17

17

18

18

20

22

19

Redding

1

9

13

96

80

100

100

100

Ridgefield

4

8

9

15

18

67

100

100

Shelton

12

19

25

28

23

18

11

8

Stamford

3

4

8

8

15

8

17

8

Trumbull

0

1

5

5

6

18

25

11

Weston

10

58

68

75

75

61

80

80

Westport

14

28

31

32

34

19

21

22

Wilton

10

37

50

56

56

55

68

66

Update 9:45 a.m. Sunday

In what Gov. Dannel Malloy has called the largest number of outages in Connecticut history at a single time—some 790,000 statewide—the entire town of Ridgefield went dark overnight, with 100 percent of CL&P customers out of power this morning.

The Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parways are to reopen at 11 a.m. today, Malloy said through his Twitter feed.

See the full outage table below.

According to the Ridgefield Press Twitter feed: "First Selectman Rudy Marconi says Parks and Rec Center is closed in morning update via phone alert system. Yanity is only shelter."

According to the Hamlet Hub Ridgefield Twitter feed: "200 Crews from Cl&P to come to area to aid in restoration which may take 3 days. Rudy to meet with Deb Low today-re: school tomorrow."

Said CL&P in its own Twitter feed: "Unprecedented damage from this storm. Please prepare for worst case scenario - a week or more without power. Call 211 for shelter info."

    Metro-North Railroad says service has been restored on the New Haven line, though rail commuters in towns such as Redding need to make alternative plans:

    • Hudson Line, New Haven Line & New Canaan Branch: Regular train service has been restored.
    • Harlem Line: Upper Harlem Line service remains suspended from North White Plains to Wassaic due to downed trees. Regular train service has been restored from North White Plains to Grand Central.
    • Danbury & Waterbury Branches: Bus service is in effect on both branches. Train service remains suspended due to downed trees at several locations and local power outages. On the Danbury Branch buses will bypass Redding Station. Redding customers should use Branchville or Bethel Stations

     

    Town% CustomersSaturday


    Sunday
    3 p.m.4 p.m.5 p.m.6 p.m.7 p.m.12 a.m.9 a.m.Darien10 26 41 47 37 27 26Easton0 16 20 22 38 29 42Fairfield2 3 4 4 4 5 14Greenwich5 12 13 14 15 18 18New Canaan8 22 24 38 39 42 42Norwalk15 17 17 18 18 20 22Redding1 9 13 96 80 100 100Ridgefield4 8 9 15 18 67 100Shelton12 19 25 28 23 18 11Stamford3 4 8 8 15 8 17Trumbull0 1 5 5 6 18 25Weston10 58 68 75 75 61 80Westport14 28 31 32 34 19 21Wilton10 37 50 56 56 55 68

    Stay on Patch for updates.

    Update 12:30 a.m. Sunday

    Powerless homes in Ridgefield jumped to 67 percent of CL&P customers, as First Selectman Rudy Marconi reportedly warned that restoration wouldn’t begin until Sunday and , which is forecasted to continue through the morning.

    According to a 9:46 p.m. Saturday update from the National Weather Service, the historic October snowstorm is expected to wind down by about 6 a.m. Sunday, leaving accumulations of six inches to a foot.

    “Widespread tree damage and power outages will continue,” according to the NWS. “Travel will continue to be hazardous.”

    As Saturday becomes Sunday, MTA is reporting:

    New Haven Line: Trains are operating with delays of  60 to 90 minutes due to weather-related signal problems.

    New Canaan & Danbury Branches: Service remains suspended due to downed trees at several locations and slippery rail conditions.

    Below, you’ll find an outage map that tracks outages, as a percentage of the utility ( Connecticut Light & Power or United Illuminating) in the given town.

    In Ridgefield, a number of problems and updates have been reported by outlets such as the Ridgefield Press and Hamlet Hub Twitter feeds, including:

    • Ridgefield Emergency Operations Center working lines are 203-431-2352 and 203-431-2346.
    • The Yanity gym on East Ridge is set up for overnight shelter, and services are also available at the town Rec Center.

    Town

    % Customers

     

     

     

     

     

    3 p.m.

    4 p.m.

    5 p.m.

    6 p.m.

    7 p.m.

    12 a.m.

    Darien

    10

    26

    41

    47

    37

    27

    Easton

    0

    16

    20

    22

    38

    29

    Fairfield

    2

    3

    4

    4

    4

    5

    Greenwich

    5

    12

    13

    14

    15

    18

    New Canaan

    8

    22

    24

    38

    39

    42

    Norwalk

    15

    17

    17

    18

    18

    20

    Redding

    1

    9

    13

    96

    80

    100

    Ridgefield

    4

    8

    9

    15

    18

    67

    Shelton

    12

    19

    25

    28

    23

    18

    Stamford

    3

    4

    8

    8

    15

    8

    Trumbull

    0

    1

    5

    5

    6

    18

    Weston

    10

    58

    68

    75

    75

    61

    Westport

    14

    28

    31

    32

    34

    19

    Wilton

    10

    37

    50

    56

    56

    55

    Patch will have more details as they emerge Sunday.

    Update 7:20 p.m.

    According to Ridgefield Press on Twitter: "Police Chief John Roche reports Peaceable St. closed near Golf Ln by downed wire that'd been burning. Fire has stopped."

    Update 5 p.m.

    See updated outage table below. MTA reports delays on the New Haven line with service on the New Canaan and Danbury branches suspended.

    Update 4 p.m.

    CL&P is now reporting about 900 Ridgefield customers without power, a steep rise from just one hour earlier.

    Original Story

    Downed trees and branches are causing road hazards, accidents and sporadic power outages throughout Fairfield County Saturday.

    A winter storm warning and coastal flood advisory is in effect through much of the region as a slushy storm that coincides with relatively high winds and tides arrived even more quickly than forecasters had predicted. The National Weather Service now is calling for as much as 8 to 12 inches of snow as temperatures drop into the 30s.

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    Drawing from the Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating websites, here’s a snapshot of outage reports throughout our towns on Saturday:

     

    Town% Customers



    3 p.m.4 p.m.5 p.m.6 p.m.Darien10 26 41 47Easton0 16 20 22Fairfield2 3 4 4Greenwich5 12 13 14New Canaan8 22 24 38Norwalk15 17 17 18Redding1 9 13 96Ridgefield4 8 9 15Shelton12 19 25 28Stamford3 4 8 8Trumbull0 1 5 5Weston10 58 68 75Westport14 28 31 32Wilton10 37 50 56

    Metro-North has . At this time the rail service reporting “Good Service” on the New Haven line and New Canaan  and Danbury branches.

    CL&P has issued .

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