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DEEP Completes Clean-Up of 70-Gallon Oil Spill at Fisher Meadows

The utility pole knocked over in the parking lot of the Avon sports park during the wind storm Thursday will need to be replaced.

Seventy gallons of oil spilled onto the ground near Fisher Meadows Thursday morning after high winds knocked over a tree that then fell on power lines and collapsed a utility pole, James DiPace, Avon emergency management director, confirmed Friday.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials and a small environmental contractor completed the clean-up process in Avon by Friday morning, DiPace said.

Two transformers that power the irrigation system at the Avon sports fields were damaged when the pole they were attached to fell in the sports park's larger parking lot.

"Transformers are filled with oil," DiPace wrote in an email to Patch inquiring about the specific cause of the spill. "They fell and broke open."

Connecticut Light & Power will need to repair the pole, DiPace said, but there is no time line at this point as to when that will happen. Since it's winter and the fields don't need watering, there's no rush.

"It's one of those non-priority areas," DiPace said.

Meanwhile, eight CL&P customers in Avon still don't have power after Thursday's wind storm. The outages are scattered, DiPace said.

Trees also came down on lines on Chevas Road, Bayberry Hill Road and Deercliff Road, causing some road closures Thursday. 

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