The power's back after storm
Published 3:29 pm, Friday, May 30, 2014
Connecticut Light & Power's New Milford customers all had their lights back Thursday, May 29, as crews restored power to the last few still without it as a result of the intense thunderstorm that swept through the area two days earlier.
Results of an autopsy performed Wednesday, May 29 on the man killed during the storm were not available pending toxicology reports and other information, according to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Authorities surmise Kevin Mateer, 49, of New Milford, received an electrical shock Tuesday about 7 p.m. when he tried to escape from his car after a falling wire had set it ablaze.
Mateer went into cardiac arrest and was later pronounced dead at New Milford Hospital, police said.
All across New Milford, fallen trees and mud-covered roads hindered traffic and power-restoration efforts the day after the storm.
By Thursday, public works officials reported only a handful of roads still closed due to storm damage, including Paper Mill Road, Upper Reservoir Road, Taylor Road, Upland Road, Avery Road, Good Hill Road and Malletts Lane.
Grove Street was obstructed by a mud slide well into Wednesday, but was clear Thursday.
Nearly half of Connecticut Light & Power customers in town -- about 6,100 households -- lost service during the height of the storm.
The intensity of the storm had prompted speculation it had been a tornado, but meteorologists concluded Wednesday the damage was the result of winds blowing up to 100 miles per hour.
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