2,000 North Haven residents lost power after Sunday storm

2,000 North Haven residents lost power after Sunday storm



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NORTH HAVEN — More than 2,000 residents lost power as a result of Sunday’s storm, which caused downed power lines across town with a combination of heavy snow, ice, and high winds. 

About eight remain without power Tuesday morning, which is down from about 500 on Monday, according to United Illuminating Company (UI).

First Selectman Michael Freda said Sunday afternoon saw the most consecutive outages, with 23 percent of residents, or 2,350, without power. 

“The UI was out in full force and in some cases, practically on late Sunday night and Monday, because the winds were gusting 40 to 45 mph, it slowed the process down,” Freda said. “Those (UI) lineman… they're performing a valuable service for us and sometimes they need to be safe and take their time.”

He said the heavy ice put a “tremendous amount of weight” on trees and branches and knocked down power lines, blew out transformers and took down utility poles across town.

“While roads may appear clear for travel, rain and ice has put heavy weight on tree limbs and utility lines,” North Haven Police said on Facebook Sunday. “When you see power lines on the ground following a storm, stay away, don’t drive over them, warn others to stay away, and contact the electric utility or local police.”

Police said they responded to more than 200 calls for service Sunday, many for downed trees and power lines. 

Over the weekend, Meriden had about half an inch of ice accumulation. Wallingford and Southington received about 3 inches of snow, according to Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University. Eversource Energy reported 6,550 power outages statewide as of 3 p.m. Monday, and UI reported about 3,900. 

By Sunday afternoon, at least seven town roads were closed to traffic. South Avenue, part of Collett Street, and Lawncrest Drive were still closed and waiting for response from United Illuminating Company as of 2:30 p.m. Monday. 

The fire department opened its Montowese Fire Station as a warming and charging center Sunday, due to the high number of power outages and plummeting temperatures. The center was staffed through the night by volunteers with the North Haven emergency response team, according to the fire department. 

bwright@record-journal.com
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