White Memorial Conservation Center, 5/17/18. There was little damage from the storms that wreaked havoc all over the area Tuesday night. The flowering trees are near the end of their run but everything else is finally beginning to leaf out.
This corner is directly across from the entrance to a Home Depot. Every morning men—who all appear to be hispanic, congregate and wait for contractors in crew cab pickups to collect some of them for day labor.
Power Outage Update: We spent the late morning in the generator-equipped town library where read and charged devices. Online sources said that the power outage in town had improved from 86% without power to 71%. About one o'clock we left to check out the house and eat some of the food in the refrigerator for lunch. We were amazed to find the lights on. Unlike the last three major power failures in recent years, for some reason this time we were among the earliest to get power back. So things are back to normal here, but a huge area across the Northeast is still without power and climbing out from under downed trees and power lines.
Power is out for the whole area, and once again we're at the town Senior Center / Emergency Shelter. Nothing in town without a generator is open, and Southbury, one town south, is hit even harder. Brookfield has been declared a disaster area and police are doing a house to house search looking for people trapped in crushed houses. I didn't see any direct damage at our place, but it's going to be a long time before we have power back.