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Storm Damages Wires, Snarls Traffic in Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. — Frighteningly loud thunder followed closely behind flashes of lightning in the Brookside neighborhood Friday as a thunderstorm moved through, leaving a fire behind.

Burning wires downed at Flax Hill Road and Highland Avenue buzzed with electricity as members of the Norwalk Fire Department stood nearby in the pouring rain, unable to do anything but call for the Norwalk Police Department to block the roads, and for CL&P to arrive and shut off the power.

At 6 p.m., the thunderstorm was long gone, but the wires were still burning. Major intersections on Flax Hill Road were blocked, snarling traffic, according to scanner reports. Motorists were stuck in the flooded Keeler Road underpass, and police were at the Highland Avenue end of the road to tell them that they couldn't head toward Flax Hill.

CL&P reported 2,516 Norwalk homes out of power at 6 p.m., about 8 percent of its customers in Norwalk. That did not include Soundview Avenue, a short distance from the burning wires.

As the pouring rain fell, multiple reports came in of possible fires in Norwalk. One report said a truck burned to the ground in the parking lot of the Connecticut Avenue Walmart. It had live wires on it and burned for two hours, according to Rick Reardon, a reader of The Daily Norwalk.

Police also attempted a marine rescue during the storm. A report was made that someone had left Marvin Beach in a paddleboat about an hour and a half before the storm and was missing. He or she was later found at the Shore and Country Club, safe and sound, according to the scanner.

Do you have any storm photos? Email them to nchapman@thedailynorwalk.com .

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