Norwalk power outage darkens rush hour

A snow pile on Sunset Hill Avenue is lit up by an approaching vehicle as the traffic light at the corner remains dark during a Norwalk power outage Thursday afternoon.

NORWALK, Conn. – Darkness descended on key Norwalk streets when the sun set Thursday, with no traffic lights to guide drivers during rush hour, due to a power outage.

About 1 percent of the CL&P’s Norwalk customers were without power out at noon but the number spiked to about 14 percent at about 4 p.m. CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross attributed that to a problem at a substation on New Canaan Avenue. He didn’t know how long it would take to fix.

Main Street south of New Canaan Avenue was dark, creating controlled chaos at many intersections as drivers made do. East Avenue was also dark. Evening meetings at City Hall were cancelled.

The power came back on at about 5:45 p.m.

The traffic light at the intersection of East Avenue and Sunset Hill Avenue came on at about 5:45 p.m.


2 responses to “Norwalk power outage darkens rush hour”

  1. John Frank

    At least CL&P was PREPARED. Imagine what a mess it would be if they were not.

  2. Myla

    really cool pictures Nancy!

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