Record snow in January and October - Top story of 2011
Published 3:30 pm, Wednesday, December 28, 2011
It was a record year for snowfall this year, which actually began at the end of Dec. 2010. It was "snowmaggedon," as many called it, with New Canaan getting more than 50 inches of snow in the span one month.
The weather gave public works all it could handle and caused some financial issues.
"We have had seven snow events already this year," Public Works Director Mike Pastore told the Board of Selectmen Feb. 1 at a meeting requesting more funds. "We have over 50 inches of snow on the ground, well over the yearly average of 35 inches."
On top of all of that, more unexpected snowfall hit town at the end of October, right in the middle of Halloween season. The storm, which has now been dubbed Winter Storm Alfred, dumped several inches of snow all over Fairfield County.
But the snowfall was not as much of a concern as the power outages it caused. The heavy snow on trees still full of leaves and strong wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour in some areas caused snow and trees to collide with power lines, leaving more than 800,000 Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating customers without power throughout the state, more than 100,000 more than the peak outages during Tropical Storm Irene. In New Canaan, up to 50 percent of homes lost power at one point.
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who declared a state of emergency. It took days -- or more than a week for some -- before all power was finally restored.
As a result of all the downed power lines and trees, New Canaan schools were canceled at the time.