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Thursday, September 20 Local

Stamford couple trapped in home after storm

STAMFORD — Harriet and Fred Dulaney were among the more than 1,000 still without power in the city on Sunday.

To make matters worse, they’ve been stranded on their property since Friday’s powerful nor’easter downed a massive tree across their driveway and brought with it potentially live wires that remained on the ground Sunday.

The North Stamford couple has been able to survive on their generator, but feared they were running low on propane and food.

“Our bigger issue is that we’re trapped,” Harriet Dulaney said. “It’s not so much the power. If we run out of food or whatever, we have a problem.”

The Macintosh Road couple said they initially lost power Friday morning and then a neighbor’s 40- to 60-foot tree and power lines fell a few hours later across their driveway and lawn.

The Dulaneys said an Eversource representative on Friday told them the wires could be live and to not leave their home. However, they said no one came to repair the damage as of Sunday afternoon and their attempts to reach someone at Eversource failed through the weekend.

“The thing that's really aggravating is that Eversource has been totally, totally unresponsive,” Fred Dulaney said. “A utility worth its salt has a system for dealing with people when things like this happen.”

The Dulaneys said they flagged down an Eversource employee who was on their street Sunday, but he was unable to confirm if the wires were still live. Yellow caution tape a few houses down on either side of their property remained up, blocking access to the area.

“We’re using as little power as we can,” Harriet Dulaney said. “But we don’t know when the propane is going to run out. Then it’s not going to be safe for us.”

Eversource could not be reached Sunday for comment.

“We’re working 24/7, as quickly and safely as possible, until everyone is restored,” Eversource said Sunday on Twitter.

The utility company said it planned to restore all power by 9 p.m. Sunday.

More than 1,000 Stamford customers remained without power Sunday, while more than 3,500 in Greenwich and a few hundred in New Canaan and Darien remained in the dark.

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