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Saturday night storm blankets streets, takes down trees

SHARON — Power was slowly being restored to Sharon residents and businesses by Tuesday morning but First Selectman Robert Loucks said the firehouse would remain open as a shelter for as long as needed.About a dozen people sought shelter at the emergency center on Monday night. Volunteers cooked breakfast for them on Tuesday morning.“Sharon Farm Market donated food that the fire department is using to feed shelter visitors,” Loucks reported.As expected, the storm brought down many trees and branches, including a tree that fell on a schoolbus on Route 4 about a mile north of Cornwall Bridge on Sunday morning. Loucks said there were no students in the bus, only a driver who was not injured when the tree fell across the hood of the vehicle.The first selectman and a power company representative were planning to walk the town and tour the downed electric lines and other storm damage in the town affecting power restoration that day.Businesses and residences along Main Street in the center of town had power by Monday night. At noon on Tuesday, CL&P’s online outage map reported power had been restored to 50 percent of Sharon.The dark streets did not deter trick-or-treaters from descending on the town Green. Even though the fire company was not able to host its annual costume party and judging, numerous children did come out in search of Halloween treats.

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