The nor’easter that struck Connecticut on Wednesday was a disruption in a lot of different ways for the people in Madison, about half of whom lost power as the storm knocked down trees and felled utility lines. For some it meant entertaining children who were out of school for the day, while others worried about keeping warm as temperatures hovered in the 30s. While residents tried to go about their lives, town employees and utility workers cleared debris and started restoring power.
Never Sell The Generator
When Lynne and Owen Charles moved into their home in Madison, the house came with a generator so large she said it reminded her of a small car. Lynne’s first thought was to sell the generator, but her husband vetoed that idea and on Thursday she was glad they kept it. The night before, the couple had a front-row seat to a fiery power outage when two trees collapsed on the power lines that serve her neighborhood. But with the generator working, they were warm and their lights were on. “I had never seen anything like it outside our window,” Lynne said about the bright orange and blue flames from the power lines. “And it ended with a huge bang.”
Taking Care Of Mom
With the temperature in the house she shares with her 93-year-old mother hovering at about 50 degrees, Lynn Logemann decided it was time for the two of them to leave. “She gets cold when it’s 70 degrees outside,” Logemann said about her mother, Hedy Jeffery. Their home lost power at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and an Eversource representative told them it could be a few days before it was restored. So they headed to the gymnasium in the municipal complex that town officials had opened as a warming center. “They said it could be a while because of all the trees down,” Logemann said. “My neighbor had to help clear trees out of the way so we could get out. I called the town really early because I was worried about my mom.”
Repair Crews To The Rescue
Eversource repair crews were deployed to Madison in addition to most of the other communities it serves in the state in what a utility spokesman called a “multiday restoration effort.” The number of outages in Madison during and after Wednesday’s nor’easter at one point exceeded 50 percent of Eversource’s customers in town, according to data from the company, although by late afternoon on Thursday that number had dropped to about 33 percent. “There was extensive storm damaged pretty much everywhere except Litchfield County,” Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross said. “Hard hit areas included lower Fairfield County, the shoreline and eastern Connecticut.”
No TV? A Snowy Hill Is The Next Best Thing
“They get restless in a cold house. With the power, at least you can turn the TV on,” said Gerry Baird, of Clinton. “This is keeping kids busy on a snow day.” Baird said she lost power at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and was told it could be days before she would have heat and electricity at her house. But on Thursday, Baird had more than just a cold house to deal with. She also had her two young children to keep busy. So she headed to the town hall complex in Madison, where dozens of children were sledding. “Our house got cold pretty quickly,” she said. “After this we’re headed to my sister’s house because she has power.”
Heat And A Haircut
While thousands of utility customers in Madison were in cold, dark houses without power, Thursday was business as usual for Tony Cavallaro. He opened the barber shop he has run in the center of town for 53 years and was cutting people’s hair all day. Cavallaro said talk about the weather was a constant during the day. “The wind comes in like a fury and goes out like a lamb,” he said about March.