Halloween is approaching, and so far it looks like we might avoid a repeat of the October snowstorm of 2011.
Here's a look back at the timeline of events:
October 28, 2011
- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy warns residents of possible power outages due to heavy snow falling on trees that hadn't lost their leaves.
Oct. 29, 2011
- CL&P issued a list of storm preparation tips for Connecticut residents.
- Governor Malloy announces state of emergency.
- Avon Fire Chief Michael Trick said that the damage from the snowfall was already worse than Tropical Storm Irene. Traffic lights stopped working and the power went out in many businesses in the late afternoon. Big Y remained open because it had a generator, but wasn't selling perishable food.
Oct. 30, 2011
- A photo gallery documents the damage caused by the storm.
Oct. 31, 2011
- CL&P announced that 550 crews would be working by the end of the day.
- Governor Malloy takes a helicopter tour of the damaged areas.
- Halloween trick-or-treating is canceled because downed wires and trees pose a safety concern.
- On the plus side, Route 44 and Route 10 regained power that evening. That meant 8 percent of the town had power. Here's how some of the Route 44 businesses fared. While the hotels got power back, they had no vacancies.
Nov. 1, 2011
- The town of Avon declares a state of local disaster.
- Many businesses were helping out residents without power. The Meat House was one of them and also fed CL&P line crews.
Nov. 4, 2011
- U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D, visit Avon to assess the damage and tell the media they're seeking federal investigation into CL&P.
Nov. 5, 2011
- Patch was updating the areas where power was restored on this map.
Nov. 6, 2011
- CL&P report shows 62 percent of Avon customers still did not have power.
Nov. 8, 2011
- The fire department responds to two small fires on Rosewood Road related to the power coming back on.
Nov. 9, 2011
- Lawmakers proposed levying penalties against utilities, as well as requiring customer rebates and imposing new standards.
Nov. 10, 2011
- Power nears full restoration in Avon, but Malloy warns the state of high winds on the way that could knock down more limbs.
Dec. 8, 2011
- Town officials report that the massive debris removal project was finally complete.
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