Area public works crews continue to clear downed limbs and wires as temperatures plummet

Area public works crews continue to clear downed limbs and wires as temperatures plummet

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Local public works crews on Monday continued to clear downed tree limbs and wires through frigid temperatures following this weekend’s snow and ice storm.

Wind chills late Monday and early today were expected to reach 25 degrees below zero, according to Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University. Lessor said frostbite can occur in 15 minutes in those temperatures. 

Wind gusts in Meriden reached about 45 mph Sunday night and Monday morning, Lessor said

Temperatures this afternoon are expected to rise into the 20s and reach about 40 degrees on Wednesday, Lessor said.

Over the weekend, Meriden had about half an inch of ice accumulation. Wallingford and Southington received about 3 inches of snow.

Several area roads remained closed Monday due to downed trees and wires. A section of Bethany Mountain Road in Cheshire was closed, and Wallingford police said about 15 incidents involving downed wires and tree limbs were reported. 

Cathy Corves Chagnon, who lives on Mansion Road in Wallingford, had a large tree limb fall onto her car Sunday afternoon.

Victoria Gratten, who lives on Beth Ann Court in Wallingford, said a tree fell on the street, close to power lines, Sunday morning around 10 a.m.

“I was getting ready to warm up my car and I heard a crack and then watched it fall over,” she said.

Crews cleared the road in less than an hour.

Wallingford police officer Christian Evans, who lives on Pine Street, said a large tree in his front yard fell across her road during the storm, narrowly missing a home on the other side of the road

“We were lucky yesterday,” Evans said. “No one got killed.”

A large tree fell also on High Street off of Route 5 in Wallingford.

Eversource Energy reported 8,300 power outages statewide Monday morning. More than 130 outages were reported in Cheshire and 578 outages were reported in Meriden. About 5,500 customers were still without power statewide late Monday afternoon.


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