Town of Simsbury officials report that 61 percent of the Town was without power as of 11:45 a.m. Sunday morning as falling trees took out power lines and left over 6,200 residences without service. Simsbury emergency personnel, including police, fire and ambulance officials, opened the town’s Emergency Operations Center at 6 a.m. at town hall and continue to monitor the storm’s progress.
With the Farmington River rising at an alarming rate and power outages occurring throughout the town, First Selectman Mary Glassman issued a declaration of emergency at 9:30 a.m. this morning.
In connection with anticipated flooding, the town expects the closure of Route 315 and Terry’s Plain Road by noon today, with the additional closure of Riverside Road likely to follow late this afternoon.
“We’ve been told to expect high winds even after the storm passes,” said Glassman, adding that the threat of damage or injury from falling trees will remain high throughout the day. “I strongly urge residents to stay off the streets today — this will help to keep everybody safe and give our emergency crews a chance to do their jobs.”