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Wilton Residents Begin Recovering From Hurricane Sandy

Kim Waring, a cashier at the Village Market, talks with a customer interested in getting some bread on Tuesday. The grocery store was not completely open after Hurricane Sandy, but did sell bread, water, ice and firewood. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason
Bread, ice, water and firewood were available Tuesday to visitors at the Village Market in Wilton Center. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason
Dominick Agostin assesses the damage after a pair of trees fell at his office on Old Ridgefield Road. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason
A tree and downed power lines block a stretch of New Canaan Road in Wilton. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

WILTON, Conn.  – The day after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to thousands of Wilton homes, residents were out assessing the damage Tuesday, seeing what was open and trying to get outside for just a little while.

The Village Market was not fully open for business as a generator was only able to supply power to 20 percent of the grocery store. The staff did sell water, ice, bread and firewood from in front of the store. Cashier Kim Waring said plenty of people pulled into the mostly empty parking lot to see if the grocery story was open.

“We’ve had a lot of people here,” Waring said, though she added some were disappointed that they could not go inside to get other goods.

Rust Muirhead of Deforest Road pulled up with his family to see what was available, along with looking for a local office where he could charge his cellphone.

“The wires are down and trees become uprooted. More than three of them,” Muirhead said.

Several roads in Wilton were blocked by trees and downed power lines. On one stretch of Sier Hill Road, someone used a chainsaw to cut a portion of a downed tree to clear at least one lane for traffic.

The storm worried the Muirheads.

“We moved the beds in away from the windows,” Rust said. But the family kept themselves busy with simple entertainment as the storm rolled in.

“We played card games,” said son Sam Muirhead, 13. “A lot of hearts and gin.”

Dentist Dominick Agostin had to worry about two trees falling on the property of his Old Ridgefield Road office. Agostin said his father-in-law saw a tree fall and block his driveway. He's hoping the trees will be clear and he can reopen on Wednesday, assuming his clients can make it to the office.

Bill McMorris, 51, of Highfield Road, took a visit to the newly opened Wilton Hardware store to get a flashlight, some batteries and a gas can. McMorris’ home lost power, but he’s been able to keep the power on for hours at a time thanks to a generator. 

He also had to get a new chain for his chainsaw, which he hoped to use and assist neighbors who had trees blocking roads and driveways.

“I’m happy to help,” he said.

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