Tuesday, March 16, 2010
By James Lomuscio
Words have power, and books have power. So too does the Westport Public Library, literally.
Westporter Ralph Field came in search of an outlet for his laptop at the Westport Public Library today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Residents left without electricity since Saturday’s ravaging storm have flocked to the library over the past two days in search of an outlet and Internet access.
At noon today they sat at tables, desks, chairs tucked away in corners, even on the floor.
“In my 30 years living here, this is the worst I’ve ever experienced it in terms of being without power,” said Ralph Field of Half Mile Common, as he sat in a wooden chair, his laptop open and plugged in, just around the corner from the library’s coffee shop.
Westporter Eric Burns, a former NBC News correspondent and host of a Fox News program on the media, told the Westport Rotary Club today that “journalists are the great unifiers.” Despite his overall cynical view of journalism, he praised Revolutionary War-era journalists—the subject of a book he published in 2007—who reminded colonists of their civic responsibilities. In answer to a question as to when was the golden era of American journalism, Burns responded with “there never was a golden age of journalism.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 4,380 Westport customers were without power as of 5 p.m., or 36 percent of all customers.
Westport public schools will be closed again on Wednesday because of storm-related issues, according to school officials.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 4,340 Westport customers were without power as of 4 p.m., or 35 percent of all customers.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 4,456 Westport customers were without power as of 1 p.m., or 36 percent of all customers.
Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced she has asked the Department of Public Utility Control and the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to examine the actions of the state’s two largest electric utilities in responding to the weekend storm.
She noted that as of this morning, 39,000 customers of Connecticut Light & Power Co. (CL&P) and 700 of United Illuminating Co. (UI) were still without power.
Rell said she heard from many municipal leaders, fire and police chiefs and emergency management officials who complained that the utility companies were slow to respond to the storm Saturday night and Sunday.
The officials told the governor they had trouble reaching utility officials—often getting voice mail or no answer at all—and said that they saw relatively few utility crews on the job in the first two days of the storm.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 4,508 Westport customers were without power as of noon, or 37 percent of all customers.
Connecticut Light & Power Company now estimates 99 percent of Westport will have power restored by midnight Wednesday, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said today.
“This estimate is for service along our roadways,” he said. “If you have a line down between the street and your home, the likelihood is that individual house services will not be repaired until the weekend.”
Joseloff said the Westport Center for Senior Activities will remain open through the night tonight to accommodate those needing shelter. The Westport Weston Family Y has offered its showers to those who need them, he said.
CL&P informed Joseloff during a morning meeting at the Emergency Operations Center at Fire Headquarters that 49 line crews are now dedicated to Westport clean up and restoration as well as 16 tree crews.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 4,645 Westport customers were without power as of 11 a.m., or 38 percent of all customers.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 4,491 Westport customers were without power as of 10 a.m., or 37 percent of all customers.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 4,570 Westport customers were without power as of 9 a.m., or 37 percent of all customers.
The Westport Center for Senior Activities is open today.
All activities including the congregate luncheon program are operating on a normal schedule.
The Center will also welcome anyone from the community who is still without power.
If you have any questions, kindly contact the Center at 203.341.5099
Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 4,604 Westport customers were without power as of 7 a.m., or 38 percent of all customers.
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