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Hurricane Sandy -- gone but not forgotten

Published 6:14 pm, Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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  • Countless trees fell in the Greater New Milford area as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy. Some took more than their share of a toll by faling at least partially on nearby homes. Above, a house on Mallory Road in Roxbury was struck by part of an ancient oak tree that had fronted the property until Hurricane Sandy came to town. Nov. 1, 2012 Photo: Norm Cummings
    Countless trees fell in the Greater New Milford area as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy. Some took more than their share of a toll by faling at least partially on nearby homes. Above, a house on Mallory Road in Roxbury was struck by part of an ancient oak tree that had fronted the property until Hurricane Sandy came to town. Nov. 1, 2012 Photo: Norm Cummings

 

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Even as a wind and snowstorm bore down on the Greater New Milford are this week power finally had been restored to residents still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

An overnight shelter opened in the seven-town area during the week of Sandy -- at the senior center in Bridgewater -- and that facility hosted only a handful of state police officers and emergency responders, said the town's emergency management director, Justin Planz.

"I think people learned from last year," said Bridgewater First Selectman Bill Stuart, referring to Hurricane Irene and the Halloween weekend snowstorm in 2011.

"Seemed like there were a lot more generators ready for use in homes," he said. "People were prepared."

Other towns directed their residents to use the regional Red Cross shelter at Rogers Park in Danbury if overnight accommodations were needed.

As it turned out, by Friday at 11:30 p.m., Connecticut Light & Power was reporting only 1 to 2 percent of customers in the New Milford area without power.

Sherman outages remained high at that juncture at 17 percent, but dipped dramatically during ensuing days.

One casualty of Sandy was a 250-year-old oak tree, which fell along Mallory Road in Roxbury, causing damage to a home there.

In Bridgewater, Mr. Stuart lost part of a barn's roof at his Shallow Brook Farm and the frame of a home under construction collapsed in the wind along Route 133.

New Milford police reported a half-dozen homes were struck by trees during the storm but there had been no injuries.

Perhaps the most dramatic of these was 11 Wicker Lane, where a tree severed a mobile home and struck a second trailer next door.

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