Emergency Declared in Simsbury Following Hurricane Sandy

Strong winds caused by Hurricane Sandy left thousands without power in Simsbury.

Simsbury town officials declared a state of emergency following massive power outages the town suffered during Hurricane Sandy Monday night.

After a morning meeting of the Simsbury Emergency Management Team, officials declared a "local emergency" effective 9:10 a.m.

Thousands of Simsbury residents were without power this morning after strong winds from Hurricane Sandy grazed the region.

Downtown Simsbury was quiet Tuesday morning after winds from the storm toppled trees and took down power lines on Hopmeadow Street and Firetown Road.

See the video footage here.

According to Connecticut Light and Power there are currently 4,190 power outages reported in Simsbury or 41 percent of the utility's Simsbury customers.

Hopmeadow Street (Rte. 10) is closed to traffic between Massaco Street and Drake Hill Road after a large tree in front of Vincent's Funeral Home came crashing down on top of the power lines.

Residents reported losing power shortly before 8 p.m. and readers on the _Simsbury Patch Facebook page_ said they heard the transformers explode before everything went dark.

Herb Neuhauser, who lives on Owens Place in downtown, said he lost power at 7:15 p.m. Neuhauser came out Tuesday morning to assess the damage.

"To come out here and see that this is like this and nobody's around, it's just beyond comprehension," Neuhauser said. "Thousands of people are out of electricity because of this, just this right here."

Many residents took the walk to see the massive tree that fell across from the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company's main station and cut thousands out of the electrical grid.

Town officials report that Public Works and Safety personnel worked with CL&P crews through the night and managed to ensure that safety vehicles had access to residents in the event of an emergency.

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“We should be proud of our emergency operations team,” Deputy First Selectman John Hampton said.  “We made it through the worst of the storm without serious safety problems.”

Town officials are asking residents to continue to shelter in place.  Residents who are unable to remain in their homes should contact the Town at (860) 658-3230 so that shelter arrangements can be made by Social Services.

Food supplies and cell phone charging can be obtained at SimsburyTown Hall beginning at 12:00noon today.  Potable water is also available at Town Hall, the Firetown and West Simsbury Fire Stations. 

In addition, Health Tracks (860-284-1190) has offered to provide showers to residents without power. 

“We’re counting on neighbors to reach out to one another as they did in last year’s storm,” Hampton said.  “We are grateful to Health Tracks and many other organizations for reaching out to residents – if you have power, you’re in a position to help.” 

Information about open grocery stores and power stations will be added to the Town’s website throughout the day.

Do you have any trees down that you'd like the town to know about? Did you make it through the storm with power? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

Tom October 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Proud my a$$. Just get my GD lights back on!
John Thompson October 30, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Mr. Brush: If the First Selectman is out of the country as has been written on this site, shouldn't Mr. Hampton be referred to as acting First Selectman? The town charter from the town website provides in Section 603 "The Deputy First Selectman shall serve as acting First Selectman in the event of the temporary absence or temporary disability of the First Selectman, but in such event the Deputy First Selectman shall not exercise the appointive authority vested in the office of First Selectman by this Charter."
Mike Googs October 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM
What does CL&P have against Simsbury ??????
Tom October 30, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Still the same number as of 1:00. And we call this progress?
patricia tober October 30, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Does anyone have an estimate of when power will be restored in West Simsbury 06092)?
jane October 30, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Is mail being delivered today?
Jeff Brush (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Hi John, I'll be posting an article soon. First Selectman Mary Glassman was in contact with emergency officials and Deputy First Selectman John Hampton throughout the event. Glassman was caught at the airport trying to return from a trip to Spain to visit her son, all according to Administrative Director Tom Cooke.
John Campagna October 30, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Cut trees that are near power lines / Why is this even a question at this point. We have gone through this two years in a row and this matter needs to be settled. I love trees and even though some trees will need to come down, trust me there will still be plenty of trees in town.
DS October 30, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I dnt beleive anyone is discriminating against Simsbury. This was a horrific storm that did damage that is uncomprehensable. People lostbthere homes and lives.. Right here in Ct homes were washed away and on fire. People died. I am sure CL&P is working to get the most dangerous areas restored and will get to Simsbury asap. If you have your house your life and your family and friends are ok.. Then lets just all be thankful. Stay safe.
Chris October 30, 2012 at 08:30 PM
That is a first rate comment Tom. So proud that you call Simsbury home. Why don't to trot on down to CL&P and lay into them, I'm sure that would help.
Kristin Kelley October 30, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Tom, while you are certainly entitled to your opinion....does it make you feel better to dismiss the town emergency services that spent the entire day and night away from their own homes and families to assist the townspeople and are even still working today throughout the state to help all of those that have been devastated by a storm of such a historic magnitude? A firefighter was lost in our state, many people are injured and even some dead, thousands and thousands are homeless having lost their homes to fire, debris and flooding. Emergency personnel (including some of our neighbors here in town) are working tirelessly sown on the shoreline with search and rescue efforts, many energized power lines are still posing a risk to people througout the state. And your upset because you don't have power and think CL&P is holding out on restoring power? Take a moment to look at the bigger picture....
Sara Thornton October 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I think somebody needs his binky and a little nap! Give the crews a chance to assess - safely- and repair. It takes slightly more than a nanosecond to establish priority (yes, little one, the police and town hall ARE more important than keeping your wine cool) and dispatch personnel. If you can't stand storm-related power outages, I suggest you move.


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