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Greenwich Cleans Up Masses of Downed Trees

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Tim Conroy surveyed the damage where a massive old tree had crashed down onto his house at the corner of Wagon and Cross Ridge roads in Old Greenwich.

"It's a town tree, so the tree department has to come out to deal with it," Conroy, 67, said Monday as generators roared at neighboring houses. "They were real nice on the phone. I haven't seen them yet, though."

No one was in that section of the house early Sunday morning when the tree came down, but it made a lot of noise and knocked all the pictures off the walls, Conroy said.

"It was a bit of a shock," he said.

Conroy's neighbors had helped cut the tree up enough on Sunday that they could drag it off the house so the gaping hole in the roof could be covered with a blue tarpaulin. "People just showed up and started to help," said Conroy, who is deputy chief of the Stamford Fire Department .

Like the rest of town, the streets around Conroy's house were lined with piles of branches that residents had cleared from the road and their yards. Streets that were blocked by fallen trees slowly opened up as tree crews hacked away at the mess. Havemeyer Road reopened around midday Monday, but cars still slowed to avoid branches on the sides of the road.

On Rocky Point Road in Old Greenwich, sand and leaves covered the road. The high-water mark on the picket fences was about eight inches up from the ground, and hoses ran down the street as residents pumped water out of their basements. One homeowner who didn't want his home photographed or his name used appeared to have three or four feet of water in the sunken carport under his house.

Although 40 percent of Greenwich still didn't have electricity at 1 p.m. Monday, traffic signals on the Post Road and other central streets were working for the most part.

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