The number of reported outages in Newtown surged to 1,300 as of 2:45 p.m. but then dropped to 855 by 5:30 p.m. as crews have begun to clear more blocked roadways Saturday afternoon. Five more roads opened as a result of work today.
Officials said that they ran into some complications that led to delays in restoring service. For instance, a tree fell and blew out a transformer, taking out power to most of Butterfield Road, officials said. Town crews have as a goal making all of the roads passable by Saturday night, officials said.
Road closures as of about 3 p.m. were:
- Cherry Street
- Old Green Road
- Echo Valley Road, according to dispatchers, although from Hanover to Tamarack, the road was clear as of Friday evening
- Taunton Lake Road
- Sugar Loaf Road
- Alpine Drive near Shadblow
- Taunton Hill Road at No. 147
On Saturday morning, the number of outages in Newtown had dropped below 1,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers.
The utility reported that 879 customers, or about 8-percent of the customers served by CL&P, remain without power as of about 9:30 a.m. At the height of the storm damage, 12-percent of the town was without power.
The had been opened earlier in the day but was closed due to inactivity, officials said.
The Department of Parks and Recreation also announced beach and marina remains closed due to storm damage.
The Hartford Courant is reporting that CL&P has set a work limit cap of 16 hours for utility crews in this article.
Editor's note: This article will be updated as the situation changes.