UPDATE: In Tolland: Roads Closed, Power Out and Heavy Snow

The town Emergency Operations Center is partially open and DPW crews have been on the road throughout the day.

Update: 10 a.m.

Crews are working to clear the estimated 40 Tolland roads that are blocked by wires, trees and poles according to Tolland Fire Department Public Information Officer Seale Tuttle, after an early winter storm dropped heavy, wet snow throughout New England on Saturday night.

Tuttle said that crews logged around 100 calls last night, including multiple transformer fires, one of which was reported to be at Weigold Road, according to readers on Tolland Patch's Facebook page.

"We've been up all night," Tuttle said.

Power outages are currently pervasive, with CL&P reporting that one hundred percent of its Tolland customers are without power. Governor Dannel Malloy has Saturday night and warned residents that they may be without power for a "prolonged period of time."

As crews work, Tuttle asks residents to stay inside for their own safety.

"We're urging people to stay in the house," Tuttle said.

Tuttle added that the staff is currently without Web service, so stay connected with Tolland Patch on Twitter or Facebook for the latest updates.

Original story: 

On this last Saturday in October, Mother Nature and Winter Storm Alfred have certainly played more tricks than given out treats to Tolland residents.

Several town roads are partially closed and fire personnel have responded to about 10 transformer explosions that were caused by trees down on wires. Included on that list are Kozley and Cook Roads, and Weigold Road where the wires caused a fire, according to Fire Chief John Littell, who is also the public safety supervisor and emergency management director.

The emergency dispatch center is transferring calls to the town's Emergency Operations Center, which is partially staffed for the storm.

According to the latest CL&P outage update, roughly 90 percent of the town is without power as of 8:45 p.m. In Tolland, the CL&P office on Tolland Stage Road had to be temporarily evacuated due to the smell of smoke, Littell said.

Highway department crews hit the roads earlier today and will soon be taking a break to regroup and head back out. Due to rough road conditions and because some of the town's throughways are partially closed, Littell said, "If you don't need to be on the road, stay off the road."


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