NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Saturday's storm left 187 New Canaan roads with downed trees or wires, and families are being urged not to trick or treat because of potential dangers.
“Downed power lines are live and resting in snow, which presents serious risks,” said Michael Handler, director of New Canaan's Office of Emergency Management. “We are concerned about overnight temperatures, which are expected to be in the upper 20s”
Handler said the damage from the storm appeared to be much more extensive than expected. The dangerous conditions prompted New Canaan Public Schools to cancel classes and school activities on Monday.
More than 43 percent of the town was without power as of 1 p.m. Sunday. While that is less than the outages caused by Handler said the cold temperatures and the storm’s overall impact across the state makes it more of a concern because it stretches available resources.
The New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, which advised against trick or treating, is distributing Halloween candy to kids at Canaan Town Hall. The Chamber canceled the annual Halloween Parade because of the snow.
Town Hall remains open as the town’s emergency shelter, and the New Canaan YMCA will be open until 5 p.m. for residents to shower. The New Canaan Fire Department is distributing water, and Stapleton Hall at St. Aloysius Church will be open in the afternoon for heating and power.
Anyone with questions can call the New Canaan Office of Emergency Management at 203-594-4100.
If you have photos of snow damage, please email them to reporter Melvin Mason at email@example.com.