Thea Digiammerino

Tree Crashes Down on New London Home, Takes Utility Poles With It

Fire officials said the crashing tree forced families to evacuate through the back of their homes.

On Prospect Street in New London, an overnight storm left behind some unpleasant gifts.

“The tree actually went through the roof into the attic area of the house,” Battalion Chief Mark Waters said.

“We were all woken up with a big flash and a bang,” Alison Wetmur said.

High winds caused a massive tree to come crashing down onto a home taking down four utility poles with it.

“We searched each house and made sure that all the occupants were accounted for,” Waters said.

Waters said the crashing tree forced families to evacuate through the back of their homes. The family inside the home where the tree fell spending the day at a temporary shelter.

“We haven’t had power since about 4 a.m.,” Wetmur said.

“Definitely the winds were a major factor,” Waters said.

Waters said emergency responders knew the winds had the potential to bring down utility poles, nearby Regional Multicultural Magnet School forced to cancel class as hundreds remained without power.

“It sounded like metal like it was a bang,” Jonathan Leugers said.

Leugers said the storm caused a tree to come crashing down off Crystal Avenue landing on top of a car.

“We were a little afraid because my brother’s car was there under, he said I want to go to check it out and I said don’t go check it out,” Benjamin Perez said.

Waters said the tree left the area without its primary power line a similar scene in Montville off Route 163.

Dozens now set to spend another night without power and heat.

“Blankets stuff like that sweatshirts what not, you just have to tough it out,” Leugers said.

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