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85-Foot Tree Falls In Storm, Outages Affect Train Service, Most Greenwich Customers

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(Courtesy Metro North Railroad website)

(Courtesy Metro North Railroad website)

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Metro North trains are running on about a thirty-minute delay, after an outage in Greenwich forced them to consolidate service and switch to diesel engines.   An 85-foot tree which had been leaning on a Connecticut Light & Power transmission line after yesterday’s storm caused that line and another to arc, and brought down power Monday morning.

Elsewhere around the state, outages had dropped below 15,000,  but the Greenwich problem at about  10 a.m. brought the total to more than 36, 000

CL&P says 99 percent of Greenwich is without power as a result,  and about 14 percent of Stamford.  Though the company expected Stamford customers to see their power restored,  a spokesman said for some in Greenwich it would be Monday evening.

Metro North says all four tracks are without power. They’re rotating in diesel engines between Stamford and Grand Central Station,  and are combining some trains.  The railroad says passengers should expect delays up to 30 minutes.   Amtrak says there are disruptions in Northeast Corridor  between New Haven and Penn Station.

Greenwich’s first selectman declared a state of emergency and opened the town’s Emergency Operations Center.  Two cooling and charging stations were opened as of noon,  at the Community Room of the Public Safety Complex and the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center.

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