MERIDEN — Broad Street is still closed to traffic after a large tree fell on the road this morning, taking power lines with it.
The tree came down between Ann Street and Silver Street around 11 a.m. Friday, due to the heavy winds brought by the nor’easter.
As of 7:45 p.m., drivers are still being detoured using South Curtis Street while emergency crews continue to respond. Police said the road will reopen when Eversource finishes getting their utility poles back up, but could not estimate when that would be complete.
Meriden resident Robin Sorber said he was traveling south on Broad Street about 11 a.m. when he decided to stop at Holiday Barber Shop for a haircut. As he exited his truck, he said a cable fell on it. When he turned around, he saw a tree falling onto the lines.
“I could see the tree come down and hitting the line,” Sorber said. “Had I not turned into the barbershop, I’d probably still be under that tree. I was thrown back by the impact.”
Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University, said Friday’s sustained winds were between 20 to 30 miles per hour and gusts reached almost 50 mph at Meriden-Markham Airport.