National Guard Clearing Fallen Trees From Weston Roads

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Connecticut National Guard members gather on Steep Hill Road in front of a tree they plan to cut down. Photo Credit: Ken Liebeskind

WESTON, Conn. – Eleven members of a Connecticut National Guard brigade are assisting Weston in clearing roads of downed trees so that Connecticut Light and Power will be able to restore electricity.

Lt. Daniel McGill said the brigade arrived Thursday and has already performed more than 20 jobs. On Saturday afternoon they were on Steep Hill Road preparing to cut down a tree that had fallen across power lines.

Weston Police Sgt. Patrick Daubert said the Guard members were waiting for a call from CL&P to notify them that the line the tree was resting against was safe.

Daubert lauded the assistance of the National Guard. "They're making a major dent in the problem with the trees, and we don't have the resources to deal with a storm of this magnitude," he said.

With many Weston streets still blocked by trees, he doubted CL&P would be able to restore power to all homes by next Tuesday.

"It will be until mid week, at least," he said.

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