NEW CANAAN - Tuesday night?s powerful rainstorms did more than just end the state?s four-day heat wave ? they knocked out power lines in New Canaan and left thousands without electricity.
New Canaan First Selectman Jeb Walker estimates that about 3,500 CL&P customers were left without power after the storm, which hit New Canaan harder than any other area in the state.
As of Wednesday evening, almost 24 hours after the storms tore through the area, it was estimated that about 1,500 residents were still without electricity. New Canaan Department of Public Works crews have been on their feet since Wednesday morning. They're cleaning downed trees, branches and power lines ? some of which were blocking traffic.
According to town Superintendent of Parks John Howe, the highway department also pitched in, using trucks to haul logs and debris away and chipping away brush.
The power went out when the storm?s high winds caused several trees to fall on power lines throughout the area. News 12 Connecticut has also learned that a blown transformer caused additional outages for some residents earlier Tuesday evening.
Service on the Metro-North line in New Canaan has been suspended due to damage from the severe weather. Bus service has been made available to commuters who rely on that line. Riders can also use the Stamford station for service.
New Canaan public schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the power outage, but school is expected to reopen on Thursday. Students at Norwalk?s Wolfpit Elementary School were also sent home early due to power outages.
Walker says the remainder of residents without power should see their electricity restored sometime before midnight.
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