Strong Winds, Heavy Rain Bring Down Trees And Wires

A powerful storm Sunday snapped trees and brought down power lines all over the lower Naugatuck Valley.

In the midst of it all Shelton firefighters responded to a report of a house fire in the area of 700 Howe Ave. just before 12 a.m. Monday. Arcing power lines were reported at the scene of that fire, but the bulk of the flames were knocked down quickly, according to radio transmissions.

The incident was declared under control at 12:19 a.m. Monday.

Red Cross was called to the multi-family house to help find temporary housing for at least two tenants.

Additional info was not immediately available.

Wind gusts of 53 mph were reported in Oxford, along with 5 inches of rain. The Eversource website showed 220 customers without power in Oxford.

Oxford Fire Department radio transmissions indicated downed trees and wires all over town.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement at 11:15 p.m. warning of wind gusts up to 65 mph, with isolated gusts of 75 mph possible.

As of 12 a.m. Monday, about 6 United Illuminating customers were without power in Ansonia. Firefighters were dealing with wires down on Jackson Street as of 12:27 a.m.

Another 37 UI customers were in the dark in Shelton, as of 12 a.m.

Seymour firefighters reported to calls for service regarding trees on wires on Dolan Circle, Pearl Street and Grand Street, among others. Two Eversource customers in Seymour were without power as of 12 a.m. Monday.

A high wind warning and a flash flood warning were scheduled to remain in place until 6 a.m. Monday.

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