[Update] Damage from October Snowstorm Worse Than Irene, Avon Fire Chief Says

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All Avon households lost power as a result of the surprise October snowstorm Saturday, Connecticut Light & Power reported Saturday evening.

A state emergency alert was also sent out to anyone signed up for Avon emergency notifications on ctalert.gov advising residents to stay inside "due to dangerous road conditions and numerous trees and powerlines down and extensive road closures."

The Avon Volunteer Fire Department has had at least 85 calls for service since the snow started early afternoon, according to Avon Fire Chief Michael Trick.

"It's far more severe than Irene was," Trick said.

Country Club Road is closed between Old Mill and Lovely Street due to downed wires and trees, as well Chevas Road and part of Huckleberry Hill Road. Various trees are down in town, many hanging low near the roads, though those are the only ones blocking the roadways, highway foreman Paul Welsh said. There is hardly a street in town without branches and debris on the roads, he said.

Trick said it could take weeks for emergency officials to clean up the mess in Avon.

Many businesses also had power outages Saturday, including nearly every establishment along Route 44.

The power went out at Amici Italian Grill on Route 44 at around 3 p.m., so customers had to pay with cash because the register and credit card machine were not working. Bills had to be written by hand.

Big Y was open and running on a generator. However, because the refrigerators were out, the grocery store was not selling perishable items or beer to avoid liability. Everything under curtains is off limits. Windshield scrapers and shovels were on sale at the front.

Traffic lights are not functioning in town, so they should be treated as stop signs. A power line on Route 44 just before Security Drive was hanging low over the road.

Cars were able to access Avon Mountain from the Avon side at 5:30 p.m. after the state highway closed there earlier. An electronic sign at the base of the mountain warned drivers that the conditions were slippery and that they should use caution.

Conditions on Route 44 are slippery and although Public Works has been out since early afternoon plowing and clearing roads, a significant amount of heavy, wet snow is still on the roadways.

Welsh said they will be out late into the evening clearing the roadways.


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