Monday, October 31, 2011
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said today the Town of Westport is making every effort to restore power to residents, but the enormity of the outages statewide is hampering Connecticut Light & Power Company’s ability to respond.
“Just like Irene, we fared a bit better than many other communities in the storm, but the severity and extent of the outages statewide are hampering CL&P’s ability to rapidly address our relatively limited outages,” he said.
“We are making every effort to restore power to residents but it could be days or more before everyone is back. CL&P is warning it could be a week or more to restore the state.”
Joseloff said most of Westport’s streets are open and passable with crews still working to clear remaining roadways.
“As with the case with Irene, power crews often have to shut down circuits to restore some outages,” he said. “That is why we see the occasional spike in the number of outages.”
He said in addition, with heavy snow still on many trees, new instances of falling trees and power lines are occurring.
Joseloff said two Westport residents made use of Weston’s overnight shelter at Weston Middle School, 135 School Road.
“Westport and Weston are combining our resources on sheltering,” he said. “With about 70 percent of Weston out, their shelter needs are greater. We are sending our CERT volunteers to help Weston staff their shelter.”
Joseloff said Westport’s Center for Senior Activities is open to residents without power as is the Westport Public Library, acting as warming stations and places to recharge batteries.
He said regular updates will be made by the town’s CodeRed emergency telephone notification system, via WWPT-FM 90.3, the town’s website, as well as Twitter.
He said new to this emergency is an interactive map on the town website showing the location of storm-related incidents.
The town is in frequent communication with state officials, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is holding regular statewide conference calls, Joseloff said.
“We are doing the best we can under the circumstances,” he said.
Posted 10/31/11 at 04:34 PM Permalink
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Mr Joseloff - How many CL&P crews are currently working in Westport? As of yesterday, driving around extensively, I saw only one?
Shane, apparently Joseloff is not even in town so he would have no way of answering that question. The next elections cannot come soon enough.