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Power Workers Struggle To Help Norwalk's Cranbury Neighborhood

NORWALK, Conn. – Power outages left from Tuesday night's storm continued Wednesday afternoon in Norwalk, and one city road remained impassable nearly 24 hours after being closed by Norwalk police.

"This is not a quick fix," Connecticut Light & Power spokesman Mitch Gross said.

At 4 p.m., Cranbury Road remained closed between Partrick Avenue and Newtown Avenue. Police had blocked access between 6 and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Motorists asked the same question of two CL&P contractors at the southern end of the roadblock: "I thought they said 2:30?"

Jim Santo of Milford, who does traffic control for the company, gave the same answer over and over: "We didn't even get here by then."

Cleaning up the nearby Chestnut Hill Road had taken much longer than expected, Santo said. A more than 50-foot-tall tree had crashed across the road, he said. First CL&P workers had to cut power and then Norwalk's Department of Public Works had to clear the tree.

"It's been a crazy day," he said, adding that DPW employees had put in 16 hours.

The number of CL&P customers in Norwalk without power remained steady at about 340 through Wednesday afternoon, but at 4 p.m. it dropped to 271. At 6 p.m., there was a dramatic improvement, with only 87 customers still without power.

"In some cases we have more damage than originally anticipated – equipment tangled in lines, thing like that," Gross said. "It takes time to separate and clean up and rebuild. In some cases we are rebuilding sections of the system."

It has improved, though, said state Sen. Bob Duff, who lives on Toilsome Avenue. The power hadn't gone out at his house, which was a first for a storm of this nature.

Duff credited the recent upgrade to the circuits and lines in that area, which hadn't been done since the 1970s.

The Silvermine area did not lose power, he said, even though it is "usually the first to go." He also cited aggressive tree trimming by the power company. "CL&P is doing a good job," he said.

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