Storm blows roof off Stamford apartment building
STAMFORD — It wasn’t the Friday pizza night a group of East Side residents had planned.
About 40 residents of a Myrtle Avenue apartment building were sent next door to Colony Grill after fierce winds from Friday’s storm blew the roof off their four-story brick home. No one was injured and the roof blew into a nearby parking lot.
The residents stayed at Colony until the city found a shelter for them Friday night.
Deputy Fire Chief John Pritchard said the incident occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday, but officials were waiting until the weather improved Saturday to make a “full assessment” of the damage.
Stamford Public Safety Director Ted Jankowski said there were more than 50 incidents involving down wires, transformer explosions or fires and trees down or leaning on power lines caused by the storm between 6 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday.
He said there were 12 minor car accidents during that period and Eversource reported more than 1,000 Stamford customers without power as of late Friday afternoon.
Live downed wires closed the gas pumps for police cars on Haig Avenue and trees completely blocked Belltown Road between Pershing and Newfield avenues.
Down trees and power lines disrupted dismissal Friday afternoon at Scofield Middle School. The district canceled after-school activities, but students were not dismissed early.
Intervale Road was particularly hard hit by trees striking power lines and causing poles to sway over the street.
Jankowski said it was difficult to keep up with the incidents around the city as winds wreaked havoc Friday afternoon, gusting to more than 30 miles per hour.