Nearly all power has been restored to greater Danbury area
Currently, the power company says there is one customer in Newtown without power. Otherwise, service has been restored.
Updated | 3:27 p.m. The latest information from CL&P shows 600 Ridgefield customers without power. It is the first time the number in Ridgefield has dipped below 1,000 in about 24 hours.
Updated | 2:22 p.m. CL&P crews have made progress restoring power to residents left without electricity after Wednesday's ice storm.
The number of CL&P customers without power in Bethel dropped from 215 to just 16 customers in the last hour.
Danbury has 73 people without electricity, down from a high of 5,000 last night.
Ridgefield still has slightly over 1,000 CL&P customers without power.
Forecasters, meanwhile, are keep their eyes on another potential storm that could arrive Saturday.
The National Weather Service says there is a 70 percent chance of precipitation Saturday. Snow is expected to start falling after 12 p.m. and continue until midnight. The weather service has not predicted inch counts in connection to Saturday's storm. A weather discussion area on the National Weather Service's Web site mentions 2 to 4 inches, but says it is still too early to predict.
Updated | 11:44 a.m. Repair crews in Ridgefield are concentrating on four areas of town hardest hit by Wednesday's ice storm: Branchville Road, Aspen Lodges , Seth Lower Mountain and Birch Court at Walnut Hill.
Those four areas have the highest number of CL&P customers without power.
A CL&P representative will be in Ridgefield today to meet with the town's Emergency Management Team, a group that includes the first selectman, the police chief, the fire department chief, the director of public works and the director of parks and recreation.
Officials in Newtown, which had extensive detours and road closures last night -- including main roads such as Route 34 and Route 302 -- report that all roads in town are open. As of 11 a.m., just one section of town -- the Mountain View Road area -- was still without power.
Updated | 11:14 a.m. Despite an influx of CL&P workers, more people are without power in Ridgefield compared to one hour ago. The latest numbers from CL&P show 1,123 customers without power, compared to 1,114 at 10 a.m.
In Danbury, 179 customers lack electricity. In Newtown, the number is at 948.
Updated | 9:55 a.m. Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi reports the town's Parks & Recreation Center at 195 Danbury Road (Route 35) will be open all day for residents who do not have electricity.
Marconi has been in touch with the Red Cross to find shelter for families without power and heat. Anyone Ridgefield residents needing temporary housing should call the police department at (203) 438-6531 or the fire department at (203) 431-2725.
Updated | 9:10 a.m. According to Danbury Police Department Capt. Robert Myles , Aunt Hack Road is still closed near Maplecrest Drive. Tree crews are at the scene and the road is expected to open in a few hours.
Police officers and firefighters have been on South Street since about 8 a.m. dealing with a downed wire. South Street is closed in the area of Main Street and Mountainville Avenue.
Updated | 8:49 a.m. Low-hanging wires are causing traffic delays on South Street in Danbury.
Click here for a list of Danbury streaming video traffic cams. The traffic on South Street is visible by choosing "Main Street @ South St."
Updated | 8:40 a.m. Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi says downed wires are especially troublesome along Old Stagecoach Road and Aspen Ledges Road.
"It looks like a bomb went off is what has been described to me," Marconi told WLAD radio this morning.
Eleven CL&P crews are on their way to Ridgefield to assist in repairing downed power lines. That is in addition to the CL&P crews that have been in town since yesterday.
Updated | 8:12 a.m. The number of people without power continues to rise in Ridgefield. Here is the latest list of CL&P customers without electricity this morning:
Danbury: 2,528 (Clapboard Ridge stretching toward New Fairfield seems to be the main problem)
New Fairfield: 7
Newtown: 731 (Route 302 is open)
Ridgefield: 1,902 (Route 102 still closed. CL&P crews are at the scene)
Updated | 7:31 a.m. Ridgefield Schools Superintendent Deborah Low said schools in Ridgefield are closed as of 7:30 a.m. due to the many downed power lines in town. The schools had been on a delay, but Low sent an e-mail at at 7:27 a.m. saying schools will not open.
Updated | 7:18 a.m. As of 7 a.m., the Connecticut Light & Power Web site was reporting 3,164 customers in Danbury were without electricity. That is a large increase from the utility company's 6 a.m. posting, which reported 229 customers without power.
The Danbury Fire Department said they are not dealing with any downed wires at the moment.
"We have nothing active at this time," a Danbury dispatcher said at 7:20 a.m.
The number of people without power in Ridgefield has been steadily increasing since 4 a.m.
The latest report shows 1,874 CL&P customers without electricity, or about 17 percent off all CL&P customers in Ridgefield.
CL&P serves about 85,000 customers in greater Danbury. During the height of last night's power problems, about 14 percent of their customers were without electricity.
Updated | 6:48 a.m. Many schools in greater Danbury have delayed openings this morning. Meanwhile, CL&P has gradually restored service to thousands in greater Danbury -- except in Ridgefield, where the number of customers without electricity increased overnight. As of 6 a.m., 1,325 CL&P customers were without power in Ridgefield.
Route 102 in Ridgefield between Jefferson Drive and Nod Road is closed due to a transformer fire.
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The following schools have delayed openings this morning, except Ridgefield, which is closed:
Bethel: 90 minute delay
Brewster, N.Y.: 2 hour delay, no morning kindergarten
Danbury: 90 minute delay
Henry Abbott Technical School : 90 minute delay
Immaculate High School 90 minute delay
Monroe 90 minute delay, no morning kindergarten
New Fairfield: two-hour delay, no morning kindergarten
New Milford: 90 minute delay, no morning kindergarten
Newtown: 90 minute delay, no morning kindergarten
Redding: 90 minute delay
Regional School District No. 9: 90 minute delay
Regional School District No. 12: 90 minute delay
Sherman 90 minute delay
CL&P Power Outages, as of 6 a.m.
New Fairfield: 26
New Milford: 1
Here is the latest forecast from the National Weather Service:
Today: A slight chance of snow showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. West wind between 13 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. West wind around 10 mph