WOODBURY – The National Weather Service has sent a team to Woodbury and surrounding towns to assess damage and determine whether or not the storm that hit town at about 5 p.m. Tuesday was indeed a tornado.
The team will be assessing the damage in Connecticut, particularly the towns of Brookfield, Danbury, New Milford, Newtown, Oxford, Ridgefield, Southbury, Winstead, Bethany, Hamden, Cheshire and Durham.
A final assessment including results of the survey are expected to be completed and transmitted via a public information statement by 8 pm EDT today.
Power Outages, and What’s Open
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, 76% of Eversource customers in Woodbury – or 3,932 – were without power. Eversource did not have a pinpoint estimate of when Woodbury customers would again have power. Meanwhile, 98% of neighboring Southbury – or 9,735 customers – are also down.
Most of the power outages occurred south of P.C. Auto on Main St. North. Last night, Charcoal Chef and Big Daddy’s Pizzeria & Deli were open for business as usual.
Also as of 1 p.m., power has returned to parts of Main Street, and businesses were able to start opening their doors to customers.
For a while today, the town was without gas, as the pumps at Big Daddy’s ran dry. However, Robert Motor Cars and Woodbury Shell are both back up and running.
In Case of Emergency
The Senior Center was open last night for residents who needed electricity for medical reasons. First Selectman Bill Butterly hosted at least two men who were required to be on oxygen and had no power in their homes.
The Senior Center and the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department are both open to the public as charging stations. Residents can also use the shower facilities, but must bring their own toiletries. Residents can also get coffee and water at both facilities.
Region 14 schools were closed today, although there was no loss of power at Bethlehem Elementary School.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna Cutaia said it has not been determined if the day will need to be made up before the end of the school year. That decision will be made once electricity is returned to the remaining schools.
Region 14 is out of make-up days, and the last day of school is set in stone for June 22 because of the renovation at Nonnewaug High School. The Board of Education agreed in March to hold a half-day of school on Memorial Day if school was cancelled one more day.
Cutaia said that depending on the power situation, Region 14 could have a “special” delay of three or three-and-a-half hours to get another school day in.
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