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Update on Storm Isaias Recovery Efforts 8.5.20

Town of Redding UPDATE

Wednesday August 5, 2020

First Selectman Julia Pemberton called with an update on storm Isaias recovery efforts.

At 6:30 pm on August 4, 2020 I declared a State of Emergency due to the extent of storm damage in the Town of Redding.

Tropical Storm Isaias caused extensive damage not only to Redding but also throughout the state. Over 97% of the town is without power. At present we have 25 roads that are blocked and many other partially obstructed roadways with fallen/leaning trees and downed wires. Assume all wires are live and dangerous.

All residents are advised to please stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

The Town of Redding Emergency Management Team is working with Eversource to get crews in town to clear roadways. We will have a crew working overnight on make safe, which is clearing blocked roads, not power restoration.

Please report power outages directly to Eversource at 1-800-286-2000.

The Redding Community Center has been set up for residents to fill own water jug for water (BYO containers) in the parking lot and charging station in the parking lot until 6 pm (generator).

Non-potable water is available (BYO jugs/containers) at Redding Town Hall.

When utilizing the town buildings please observe all social distancing guidelines and masks are required to enter buildings.

If you have not already, please sign up to receive alerts from the Town. Visit townofreddingct.org and subscribe to updates.

Lastly, I am asking for your patience.  It could be a week to ten days before we achieve full power restoration. The restoration process for a storm like this can be lengthy. The first stage is damage assessment. Then make safe efforts begin, then opening roadways and then making the area safe for workers who must work around the wires. Finally, restoration efforts can begin.

I will provide another phone update in the morning. In the meantime, I will post updates to Redding’s official Facebook page as I receive new information. The town will also email via Redding Alerts.

Thank you

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