Nor'easter spared Fairfield frightful damage
Published 12:20 pm, Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The sun shone early this week, but Fairfield was still spooked a bit by the aftermath of Saturday's freak October nor'easter that dumped several inches of heavy wet snow on the area, bringing down tree limbs and power lines.
At midday Tuesday, there were 182 United Illuminating customers without power, down from a peak of 3,110. However, lingering concerns about downed power lines and tree limbs prompted officials to close schools Monday until all bus routes were cleared. Classes resumed Tuesday.
"This was a totally different storm" than Irene, said town Tree Warden Ken Placko. Instead of high winds, weight and gravity from the wet heavy snow brought down branches. "A lot of limbs came down and, unfortunately, some of them came down on the wires."
By mid-Monday, Placko said all of the towns' roads were open and passable. "We do have a number of crews out there doing a general cleanup of town property," he said.
Unlike Tropical Storm Irene, which socked Fairfield's shoreline and other coastal communities, the town was spared the more severe problems wreaked by the nor'easter inland. Dire conditions elsewhere throughout the state prompted President Obama on Monday to sign emergency declaration for Connecticut and Gov. Dannel Malloy to issue several executive orders to cope with the crisis.
"We had four residents come to the shelter, but all four were able to relocate" soon to the home of a friend or relative, Reid said. The shelter, run by the local CERT team and the town's Health Department, was closed by 10 p.m. Sunday.
Police and firefighters were kept busy Saturday responding to reports of wires and tree limbs in the roads.
The majority of the calls, Assistant Fire Chief Chris Tracy said, were from the northern end of town, but proved for the most part routine.
He said one resident was taken to the hospital for treatment when CO levels rose in his home. "The door was open from greenhouse, where the generator was operating," Tracy said.