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Norwalk Struggles With Power Outages, Downed Trees

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk resident looked for answers from a Connecticut Light & Power employee early Sunday afternoon near a downed tree, but she wasn't impressed.

"It's ridiculous," said the resident of Esquire Road of the fact her power was out. "This happens every time."

She may be in for a long wait: Mayor Richard Moccia says full restoration of power in Norwalk isn't expected until at least Wednesday, according to a text message from City Hall. Moccia said in a Notify Norwalk phone call that 6,700 people were without power.

CL&P listed 5,632 customers out of power at 3 p.m. Michael Geake, a customer and board member of South Norwalk Electric and Water, said he had power at this house, although the cable kept "hiccupping."

Several traffic lights were out on East Rocks Road at about 12:45 p.m. The traffic light at the busy intersection of East Avenue and Westport Road was out.

The National Weather Service says 4 to 6 inches of snow hit Norwalk.

Although things appear normal power-wise near the shoreline, north of the Merritt Parkway it's a different story. Tree trimming trucks traveled up and down West Rocks Road at about 12:30 p.m., with CL&P workers directing traffic around downed trees.

One employee said his crew had worked on about 20 trees already. He was on Driftwood Lane, where a tree was blocking the road and hanging on wires. Residents nearby were setting up generators.

"It's the trees," he told the woman from Esquire Road, who had pulled over in her Lexus to ask what was going on. "You've got people that won't allow you to cut their trees."

"They just cut ours a week, 10 days ago," she said.

"It probably wasn't cut back far enough," he replied. "They only allow you to go back so much. They're scared they're going to kill the tree." He added that you can't have it both ways.

She was still angry. Two schools and a convalescent home are nearby, she said. "They should be better prepared."

The worker said he'd be working on trees all day. He said, "We'll be here until it's all completed."

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