Ida displaces one Wilton resident, causes over 200 outages

A downed tree in Wilton is just one of the effects that remnants of Ida had on the Fairfield County town.

A downed tree in Wilton is just one of the effects that remnants of Ida had on the Fairfield County town.

Patrick Sikes / For Hearst Connecticut Media

WILTON — In late August, Police Capt. Robert Cipolla said that Tropical Depression Henri was “really a non-event,” that caused just under 30 outages town-wide. On Wednesday, the residual effects of Hurricane Ida were much more severe.

“In terms of outages, we saw a little over 200,” Cipolla said Thursday morning. He added that the most significant outage cluster affected upwards of 70 household in the Chestnut Hill area of town.

The police captain added that Eversource, the energy company that services Wilton and most of Connecticut, said that residents in the area could expect power back around 11 a.m. Thursday.

“There was definitely some flooding in parts of town,” Cipolla said.

The Wilton Fire Department did have to make an emergency call on the north end of town, as firefighters “had to extricate an elderly resident from her residence,” Cipolla said, adding there was severe flooding leading up to the first floor.

“They were able to access her and relocate her,” Cipolla said. The woman was picked up by a relative shortly thereafter.

On Thursday, the Riverbrook Regional YMCA delayed its opening due to substantial flooding in its parking lot, which is located just off of Danbury Road and abuts the Norwalk River.

Additionally, Wilton saw two closures on Thursday due to debris from the Wednesday night storm — one on Branch Brook Road and one on Spoonwood Road.

Cipolla said that there were no road closures solely due to flooding. There were also no areas of town that were evacuated.

The Emergency Operations Center was not activated during the storm, but Cipolla said that Police Chief John Lynch was in constant communications with all town entities.

“We definitely have some cleanup,” Cipolla said.

Trees and downed debris are being taken care of by the Department of Public Works. Eversource will have to handle any affected power lines. Cipolla said there are some scattered areas throughout town that need to be cleaned, be he does not anticipate this to be a week-long venture.

“All roads should be cleaned by the end of today,” Cipolla said, adding debris should be handled by the week’s end.