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Weston Seeks To Free Homebound Individuals

A downed tree causes one of the road blockages in Weston that is impeding CL&P power restoration efforts.
A downed tree causes one of the road blockages in Weston that is impeding CL&P power restoration efforts. Photo Credit: Weston Police Department

WESTON, Conn. – The biggest remaining hurricane problem in Weston is the home-bound individuals who are trapped due to trees blocking the exits, but First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said 50 individuals were freed from their homes Thursday.

She also said National Guard crews who arrived Thursday in Weston are instrumental in clearing roads. They are assisting CL&P crews and local police.

“I’ve never seen anything like the amount of devastation,” Weinstein said. “We had over 220 road blockages and 64 were cleared today (Thursday) but that still leaves 166.” The blockages are trees with wires, which is hindering the power restoration effort.

“Full restoration is impossible with blocked roads,” she said.

At Thursday’s selectmen’s meeting, Mal Flanagan, a local citizen, criticized the town for not providing information on the number of CL&P crews that are working in town. He wasn’t aware of any and said the town of Wilton posted the number of crews on its website.

Weinstein thanked him for his comment and agreed to add the information to her code red bulletins, which are issued at least twice daily at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. She said there are adequate CL&P crews in Weston, from 6-15 in a single day.

“I spoke with Gov. Malloy and Congressman Himes to get more crews here and there’s more than we’re normally allotted,” she said.

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