Hurricane Sandy has begunn to cause power outages throughout the Greater New Milford area by Monday afternoon.
Roxbury First Selectman Barbara Henry had said earlier her town was weathering the storm with only minor issues, but CL & P's online outage map reported 1,110 customers, or 83 percent of the town's customers, without power Monday at 3:40 p.m.
CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross said major outages throughout the state are unavoidable with a storm of this magnitudre. Line workers will remain on the job as long as it is safe, Mr. Gross said.
Mr. Gross had no estimate of when power might be back on to Roxbury residents but noted that there are "three and a half times more external line workers now than we had one year ago with Hurricane Irene.
Roxbury appears to be the hardest hit town in the greater New Milford area for power outages.
New Milford is experiencing power outages for only 327 customers or 2 percent of the town. Sherman has 333 households or 16 percent of the town without power. In Bridgewater, power outages are affecting 15 percent of the community, a total of 149 homes.
Both Kent and Warren stand at 5 percent power outages as of 3:52 p.m.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy ordered road closures Monday and into Tuesday for all state highways.
The closures were to be implemented in two phases.
Starting Monday at 11 a.m., trucks are prohibited from operating on limited access highways.
Starting Monday at 1 p.m., state highways are closed to all non-emergency related vehicles.
By early Monday afternoon, New Milford had escaped significant damage from the storm.
"It really hasn't hit us yet," said Marla Scribner, the town's emergency management director."We're not opening an emergency shelter in the town at this time. If the need comes, of course we'll establish one."
"For now, if people are concerned, there are two Red Cross shelters open in Danbury that are regional shelters," she added. "Not that I'm trying to route people out of New Milford. It's a personnel issue. We're not opening a shelter here until there is a real need."
The two regional shelters open in Danbury are at Danbury Hospital on Hospital Avenue and the War Memorial at the south end of Main Street.
Through the late morning and early afternoon hours Monday in New Milford, trees were reported down on Taylor Road and Kent Road (Route 7 North) near Route 37, and fallen wires or the imminent threat of fallen wires were reported on Elkington Farm Road and Sawyer Hill Road.
In Sherman, First Selectman Clay Cope is waiting for a final determination from the town's emergency coordinator.
"We're trying to discourage people from going out of their homes," Mr. Cope said. "We will be opening a shelter at the Sherman School but right now, we're targeting Tuesday to open that."
Washington's first selectman, Mark Lyon, said he anticipated the worst of the storm to hit his town tonight and into Tuesday morning.
"We're meeting later today and then in the morning to do an assessment," Mr. Lyon said Monday at 1:45 p.m. "We'll make a decision in the morning. If a shelter is open, it will be at Bryan Memorial Town Hall."
Roxbury's first selectman, Barbara Henry, reported at 2:43 p.m. a downed tree closed Route 317 in her town briefly but the town crew responded rapidly and the road is now open.
"We're putting out little fires," Ms. Henry said. "Nothing major. We're not opening an emergency shelter as of yet.
In Kent, routes 7 and 341 were closed to traffic, reported the emergency services dispatcher at the Kent firehouse An emergency shelter was to open Monday evening in Kent Town Hall.