It took seven long, grueling days, but every home in Southbury has regained power.
The town was fully restored Sunday night after Hurricane Sandy hit the region last Monday, Oct. 29, causing downed trees and power lines, closed roads and area flooding.
At its worst point, 48 percent of Southbury was in the dark on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Most had regained power heading into the weekend, and the final few had the lights turned back on last night.
It took 11 days for power to be fully restored in Southbury after Tropical Storm Irene hit last year.
Statewide 30,000 homes, or two percent of CL&P customers, were without power as of Sunday night, according to CL&P.
As for the debris that is being generating from the tree cleanup, the Southbury Fire Marshal is waiving the $10 burning fee from now until the end of November. Burning permit applications are available on the Fire Marshal page on the town website or by calling 203-262-0620.
Wood debris will also be accepted at the transfer station with no fee through the month of November. Residents are urged not to pile debris by the side of the road as this only creates an additional hazard.
“As we progress into the cleanup phase of this event, we urge you to use caution and stay safe,” said Southbury First Selectman Edelson.
With the town still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, meteorologists are eyeing another storm that may impact the area. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the New Jersey-New York-New England region for later this week.
According to noaa.gov, "There is the potential for a coastal storm to impact the tri-state region Wednesday and Thursday. This storm has the potential to bring strong gusty winds, rain/wintry precipitation, coastal flooding and additional beach erosion to the tri-state area."