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NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Thousands of New Canaan homes have lost power and more than 30 roads have been affected by fallen trees or wires due to Hurricane Sandy, New Canaan Emergency Management Director Mike Handler said late Monday evening.

As of 6 p.m., there are 3,020 Connecticut Light and Power customers in New Canaan without power, making up 36 percent of the utility’s customer base. Handler said that 30 roads have been affected by downed trees or power lines. Handler said the town is expecting to deal with the heaviest winds at 8 p.m.

“While this is certainly subject to change, we are hopeful that by (Tuesday) morning winds will have subsided enough and we can begin the process of opening our roads, assessing the damage and barricading all hazards,” Handler said in a message to residents. “Once all roads are passable by emergency vehicles we will begin the process of restoring power.”

The arrival of the massive storm forced many town businesses to close early on Monday. New Canaan Public Schools, St. Luke’s School, St. Aloysius School and New Canaan Country School were closed on Monday and will all remain closed Tuesday. New Canaan Library was closed Monday, but expects to reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Handler said emergency officials are prepared to provide essential resources once weather conditions stabilize and it is safe to travel.  Residents should call the emergency operations center at (203) 594-4100 with any concerns. Power outages should be reported to CL&P at (800) 286-2000.

Check with The New Canaan Daily Voice for more information about Hurricane Sandy.

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