Storm causes damage, outages in Ridgefield

Some town roads were closed due to downed power lines or trees.

Some town roads were closed due to downed power lines or trees. (6/24/15)

RIDGEFIELD - Work crews and Ridgefield residents spent Wednesday cleaning up in the wake of a storm that left more than 5,000 homes and businesses without power a day earlier.

At the highest point, officials say 52 percent of the town was without power. 

The storms were brief but powerful, officials say. Winds reached 90-95 mph, according to the National Weather Service, but they had passed after about 15 minutes.

The winds knocked down trees and power lines, blocking dozens of roads.

Ridgefield's first selectman declared a state of emergency following the storm. He says road crews have now cleared most of the blocked streets.

The fire chief says his department responded to 27 storm-related calls Tuesday night, which included trees that had fallen on cars and homes. He also says one woman was taken to the hospital after a branch fell on her car while she was inside. She is expected to be OK.

Officials say power should be fully restored by Thursday morning.

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