One year later: CT leaders look back on Tropical Storm Isaias
Officials are looking back on Tropical Storm Isaias, which tore through Connecticut one year ago.
Residents on Quarter Mile Road say when the storm hit Westport they were effectively trapped inside their homes without power for a week.
Michael Twigg says downed trees on both ends of the street left Quarter Mile Road impassable.
"We ended up actually cutting some trees in the vacant lot to actually drive our cars onto the parkway to get out," he says.
Westport officials say Isaias didn't bring much rain, but the wind was devastating. First Selectman Jim Marpe testified before the Public Utilities Regulation Authority, criticizing Eversource's response to the storm.
The utility was later fined $29 million.
Eversource officials say they've spent millions strengthening their infrastructure, improving communication with local governments and getting more contractor crews on standby for storms.
Marpe says residents are getting more prepared as well.
More than 1.1 million Eversource customers lost power during the storm. Across the state, some lights weren't back on for more than nine days.