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Monday, October 15 Local

Week after tornadoes, some still without power, schools closed

One week after tornadoes and a macroburst struck western Connecticut, some people are still without power.

Three school districts are also closed Tuesday because of lingering power and road issues. They include Brookfield, New Fairfield and Oxford.

As of 6 a.m. Eversource is reporting 1,416 customers without power. On Monday at this time, more than 6,400 customers were without electricity.

With 498, New Fairfield tops the list with the most outages.

Other numbers include:

Brookfield with 419

Danbury with 298,

73 in Southbury

26 in Oxford

24 in New Milford

19 in Newtown

11 in Bridgewater

2 in Woodbury.

“We’re at the stage of the restoration process where these final outages call for extensive repairs that are labor-intensive and time-consuming,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations in Connecticut Michael Hayhurst. “For example, one damage location can require five or more crews - which can mean 18 people - working most of the day and that will bring power back to only one customer. That said, our massive team - in the field and behind the scenes - is fully committed to finishing the job and will continue working until every customer is restored.”

These more complex outages not only take additional time to complete, they may require assistance from a private electrician or contractor. Lineworkers are going to each of these individual locations to assess what additional equipment or effort may be required to make repairs. In some instances, customers in the hardest-hit communities will be unable to have electric service restored due to the extent of damage to their homes or businesses.

Eversource has been using crews from Canada, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and North Carolina.

United Illuminating reports 84 outages, most in Hamden.

UI’s estimated restoration time is 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

New Fairfield will have its emergency shelter open at the high school from 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday.

It posted on its Facebook page, “Three meals will be available. Showers are available all day - from 8:30 a.m until 7:45 p.m. Bathrooms are available all day. Water is available. While many have power back, there are many still waiting and clean up is ongoing. We are here for you.”

Brookfield First Selectman Steve Dunn said in order for the town and its residents to be eligible for any FEMA funding, the town, the state and President Trump all must all declare Connecticut a disaster zone.

“The town and the state have already declared Brookfield a disaster zone and we are working on getting the president to do so. Brookfield needs your assistance as we apply for FEMA Disaster zone status and funding. In order to substantiate our claims, we are asking residential and businesses property owners to submit picture(s) of damage to any structure on your property, along with the address pictured, and a description of the extent of damage sustained. All submissions should be sent to storm2018@brookfieldct.gov.”

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