A dozen homes in Newtown have been condemned due to damage from last week’s storms, according to the first selectman.
First Selectman Daniel Rosenthal confirmed that 10 homes in the Lakeview Terrace area were condemned, and another two in the Lake Zoar area. Some of them may be reconstructed, Rosenthal said.
Newtown was one of several hard-hit towns after tornadoes and powerful downbursts hit the state last week. Thousands of people were without power for days. Eversource estimated that across the state the storm brought down more than 1,900 poles and 300 miles worth of power lines.
In the first days after the storm, tree removal companies were working non-stop.
“Pretty hectic. It’s been – I don’t know how to describe it really. I’ve seen this stuff before, storm damage, but not to this magnitude,” said Rob McCulloch of Newtown Arbor Services in an interview with NBC Connecticut last week.
A week later, there is still much cleanup left in Newtown. As of noon Tuesday, less than 1 percent of town was left without power, but Eversource crews remained in town working to fully restore power and to clean up fluid leaks from transformers damaged in the storm.
Various town facilities have been opened for residents to charge electronics or access water. The transfer station has been open and available for free brush disposal, and dumpsters were made available for residents to throw out spoiled food.
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