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Winter wallops Winsted

WINSTED – It was not a pleasant early Halloween scare for residents on Saturday, Oct. 29, when a brutal fall nor’easter struck the town with a snowstorm, causing a widespread power outage that, as of press time, is going on its fifth day.According to various sources, mor than 19 inches of snow fell from the sky during Winter Storm Alfred.Snow and ice knocked down trees and branches all across the state, which in turn took down many power lines.At around 10 p.m. on Saturday, power was completely shut off for the entire town. For the next few days, residents had to deal with surviving without electricity.Traffic stop lights at intersections were shut off all throughout town. Downed power lines were seen on many streets, with some power lines dangling close to roads.All the gas stations in town were shut down late Saturday, with the nearest operating gas stations located in Thomaston and Waterbury on Sunday.Several gas stations and stores in Torrington became operational on Tuesday.As of Wednesday, power had not been fully restored to the area.Main Street businesses were mostly dark. However, several businesses, including the Winsted Super Saver, Kelly’s Kitchen, McGrane’s On the Green, Twin Stop and Cumberland Farms remained open thanks to either generator power or candlelight.The Winsted school district closed Monday, Oct. 31, and, still without power, had not reopened as of press time.The Blanche McCarthy Senior Center remained open throughout the storm and it aftermath to offer hot meals and a shelter to residents without heat or power.According to Mayor Candy Perez, more than 45 residents stayed at the shelter overnight on Tuesday.“The last I heard from Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P), power would be restored by Sunday, Nov. 6,” Perez said. “Until power is fully restored to the area, the shelter at the senior center will remain open for residents.”Perez said that the town will go forward with the upcoming municipal election, currently scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8, barring any more unforeseen events.“Unless there’s a change in when the power is supposed to come back on, it is too early to make any rescheduling decisions,” Perez said. “We certainly hope to have power back on by Sunday.”Perez commended residents for looking after each other in the storm’s aftermath.“It’s great to see neighbors helping neighbors,” Perez said. “It’s great to see everyone in the community pulling together.”

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