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Redding Suffers Damage, Big Power Outages From Fast-Moving Thunderstorm

Multiple roads in Redding are blocked by fallen trees and wires.
Multiple roads in Redding are blocked by fallen trees and wires. Photo Credit: File

REDDING, Conn. -- Redding was reeling after Tuesday's quick-moving thunderstorm barreled through town, leaving power outages and downed trees in its wake. 

Many roads in town were still closed as of 10 p.m. Tuesday due to more than 30 fallen trees and power wires, and Metro-North trains were delayed traveling through town on the Danbury Branch due to the downed wires. 

As of 10 p.m., there were still 1,919 power outages in Redding, or 49 percent of the town, according to Eversource. 

The Redding Police Department warned of major storm damage across town.

"In process of evaluating damage. Don't travel. 911 for emergencies only please. Be safe - stay away from downed wires," the department said via Twitter @reddingpoliceCT.

The Police Department said it was working with Eversource to advise them of all downed wires and trees, and blocked roads. Residents with outages were reminded to report them directly to 1-800-286-2000.

Also, residents were asked to use 911 for life safety emergencies only, police said.

The blocked roads in town included Cross Highway, Route 58 and Umpawaug Road.

The town's Facebook page reported trees and wires down in multiple locations, including Diamond Hill and Route 53, and in the area of Town Hall and Redding Elementary School.

Old Stagecoach is not passable from Route 107, the town said.

Town Highway crews will coordinate tree response on local roads when wires are made safe, the tow nsaid. State roads require a state crew, and they have been notified.

State Sen. Toni Boucher posted that she called Eversourse, which is responding to 911 calls first and then working to clear roads.

"They have confirmed that power will be restored to all our area by midnight [Wednesday] as they have called in mutual aid from four neighboring states, Boucher said on Facebook.

The town published this list of roads in towns with fallen trees and wires, but warned that it is not complete and more roads could be added or some removed as repai

Here is the list: 

  • Bayberry Land - Trees and wires down - blockage
  • Black Rock Turnpike - Trees and wires down - blocked near Pinetree #471 and #330
  • Church Hill Road - Trees down
  • Costa Land - Trees down, no wires
  • Cross Highway - Trees and Wires - blocked @58 II @ #56
  • Drummer Lane - Trees down, wires, Transformer
  • Gallows Hill Road 80 and up - Trees and wires down at Old Stagecoach
  • Glen Road - Tree down
  • Great Oak Lane - Trees down and wires
  • Limekiln - Tree down
  • Lonetown - Route 107 - Trees and Wires down by RES blocking half of road 
  • Marchant Road - Trees and wires down
  • Marli Lane - Wires down
  • Mountainview Drive - Tree down
  • Newtown Tpke 50-477 - trees and wires down #382 /Newtown and Sanfordtown tree only
  • Old Stagecoach - Tree and wire down #59
  • Packerbrook Road - Tree down
  • Peaceable St. - Tree and wire down #76
  • Picketts Ridge Road - Tree and wire down #126 Bus on Rd. #17
  • Pine Tree Road - Tree and wires down just in from Route 58
  • Pocahontas Road - Tree and wires down #81
  • Redding Road - 343 and up Tree down #601 (tree)
  • Rock House Road - Tree and Wire @Pine Tree /N. Park to Sport Hill
  • Sanfordtown Road - Tree and wires #49 / #64 Tree
  • Simpaug Turnpike - Tree
  • Starrs Ridge Road - Tree and Wires (camp) #27
  • Sunset Hill Road - Tree and Wire at Rt 58 /#56
  • Turney Road - Wire #9
  • Umpawaug - 98 and down - Tree near Route 53
  • Wood Road - Tree and Wires

Half of the town of Ridgefield was also without power as of late Wednesday night and that town had declared a state of emergency. Some of Redding's other neighbors -- Easton, Weston, Wilton and Danbury -- reported small power outages but not the damage seen in Ridgefield and Redding. 

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