Cleanup underway after severe storms cause tree damage, power outages


MADISON, Conn. (WTNH)– Crews are cleaning up certain areas of the state Tuesday morning after severe storms hit on Monday night.

A line of strong thunderstorms moved quickly through Connecticut bringing heavy rains, thunder and lightning.

There were even flash floods in the downtown New Haven area.

Thousands of people were without power but power companies have been working to bring that number down.

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According to Eversource, over 300 customers are without power with a majority being in Westport.


According to United Illuminating, over 300 of their customers are in the dark too with he most being in Fairfield.

In Madison, there are no pancakes today at Cristy’s Madison Inne. Cleaning up is on the menu instead, as a giant tree limb came down in Monday night’s storm. Here’s how a customer in the bar described the sound:

“I was sitting, we had just ordered our drink, said Emily Gravino. “Everything was calm and collected. It just started to rain and boom, the biggest crash in the world.”

The impressive black cherry tree out front had been more than 13 feet around. It is actually on a list of Connecticut’s notable trees. Cristy’s is a notable gathering place. It was here for decades as the Dolly Madison Inn. Now, it’s better knows for its 40 variety of flapjacks.

“We come here from time to time for breakfast,” said Branford resident Thomas Coira. “It’s a great breakfast spot.”

This is the third time in the last decade that this restaurant has had to close like this. There was a fire about 10 years, then came a kitchen fire in February of 2017.

The family that owns the restaurant tells me the smoke damage was considerable. They had to close their doors for about a year as a result. Other folks in town helped out the displaced workers.

“All their employees need a place to work while they’re closed down, and other restaurants and places in town have been really helpful in placing them temporarily,” said First Selectman Tom Banisch, (R) Madison.

Banisch says Brother Mike’s restaurant has already offered to help out. Cristy’s is practically in the selectman’s backyard. In his actual back yard, he also had a tree come down in the storm, damaging a fence in the process. He’s been keeping tabs on all the downed trees around town.

“So I think there’s probably a lot of wind that came through. It looked really violent as we were looking out at it last night,” Banisch said about the direct hit Madison took. “I’ve talked to people from Clinton and Guilford and they didn’t have as much damage as we’ve had.”

The owners of Cristy’s say it’s too early to tell exactly when they will re-open, but that it will be as fast as they can.

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