Most town roads blocked, 77% of homes without power

The Pilot will be posting updates here on what’s happening around town in the aftermath of Sandy.  The Pilot welcomes your photos. Please send to pilot@thereddingpilot.com.

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. — 77% of CL&P customers in Redding are still without power. That’s 2,797 residents.

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. — Redding is nearly 100% without power. Most roads closed due to downed trees and wires. Damage in Redding is “catastrophic” said Police Chief Douglas Fuchs in an alert sent to residents at 8 a.m. Decision on schools will be announced later. A message from First Selectman Natalie Ketcham will be made later concerning shelters, etc.

Monday, 6:40 p.m. — Jeff Hanson, highway superintendent, reports that he is bringing his crew in because there are “too many trees with wire involved down. It is too dangerous, it’s dark and windy,” he said, adding he would get the crew back out when he can. He asked residents to be patient and said his crew would get back to work as soon as it can.

Mr. Hanson said several roads are blocked. Routes 58, 53 and 107 have all had trees block a portion of the roads, he said.

Monday, 6:30 p.m. —  Richard Lerner reported that two very large trees came crashing down from the front of 44 Beeholm road, across the road.

“The first one was reported down just after it fell narrowly missing power lines. The crew from the Town of Redding showed up within minutes. They proceeded to start cutting it and clear the road. A loader arrived and started clearing the large pieces off the road as a second large tree one hundred feet further south at the edge of the property fell again across the road & again Just missing the power lines. As soon as they were done with the first they took care of the second.

Men out in the storm doing an amazing and dangerous job, quickly & professionally. You have our gratitude, respect & wishes to stay safe.

CL&P’s outage map shows that 23% of the town is now without power.

Monday, 4:10 p.m. — The Pilot received a Tweet saying people on Pine Mountain Road have no  power.
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Monday, 3:50 p.m. —  CL&P is now reporting that 12% of Redding customers, 495 of them, are now without power.

Monday, 3 p.m. — The town’s highway crew has already been at work clearing trees from roads. Jeff Hanson, highway superintendent, said tree clearing started at 7 a.m. and so far at least seven have been removed from roadways. Mr. Hanson said none of these trees had wires in them.

He intends to keep his crew on duty through the duration of the storm, he said, but added the crew will only be sent out when it’s safe.

There is a Connecticut Light & Power Company tree and power crew already stationed at the highway garage since 12:01 a.m. this morning, he said. The crew is available in case of an emergency where wires are down, he said.  Mr. Hanson said  his crew are there to assist the CL&P crew.

As of 3 p.m., there were 204 power outages in Redding, 5% of the town’s 3,903 CL&P customers.

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