Montville in the dark after tree knocks out power

MONTVILLE, Conn. (WTNH)– Some folks in Montville spend the night in the dark after part of a tree took down power lines during the heavy rains.

The large branch came down in front of the home at 939 Old Colchester Road. CL&P repaired the wire and restored power while Montville Public Works crews removed the downed branch.

They say the wet weather along with the age of the tree and the length of the branch combined to bring it down.

“The way it grew it grew in a Y and where the two barks meet it’s not as strong of a joint and it finally got too much weight on it and it just breaks off. It’s just a freak thing that happens due to the weather or a weak point in the tree,” said Crew foreman John Carlson.

There didn’t appear to be any outward or obvious signs of weakness on the tree. Carlson says “no we wouldn’t have noticed it unless you really went up in a bucket and inspected the tree now the rest of the tree will be removed for the safety concern of the other half falling down.”

The town will hire an outside contractor to take down the tree which is next to the road and on town owned land.

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