Hurricane Sandy, an historic 1,000-mile-wide storm, lived up to its advance billing and smashed through Wilton, knocking power out to 50% of CL&P’s customers in just one hour! The town suffered massive damage to its power system, due to downed trees that initially closed 122 town roads, or more than a third of Wilton’s roads. Over 1,000 power location problems were reported, which at the peak, cut power out to 83% of the community.
Fortunately, advance emergency preparations, early warnings to residents, less rainfall than forecast, and uninterrupted power supply to Wilton center eased townwide state of emergency conditions. No deaths or significant injuries were reported and luckily, the Norwalk River did not flood.