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Monday, October 31, 2011

Power Returns Slowly, But “Boo”

By James Lomuscio

Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury said tonight that power is slowly returning to Westport with less than 20 percent of the town’s more than 12,000 Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) customers still off the grid.

While good news for some, it is sure to draw a different kind of “boo” this Halloween night from those still in the dark, as well as the town’s children who were advised by town officials not to trick or treat in the wake of Saturday’s nor’easter that left downed wires and felled branches.

Kingsbury noted that while outages were spotty throughout town, homes along the shoreline fared much better due to a warmer climate compared to those north of the Merritt Parkway where many leafy branches had snapped under the weight of snow.

“We recently had power restored to the Redcoat Road and Hermit Lane area,” he said.

Kingsbury, who is the town’s emergency management director, also warned parents not to let their children trick or treat this Halloween night due to dangerous road conditions.

“Parents are urged in the strongest possible terms not to let their children trick or treat tonight,” he said following a meeting of town officials and emergency personnel. “Keep them inside and plan on a safer night this Saturday, Nov. 5.

“Wires remain down, and there are hundreds of damaged trees and downed branches throughout Westport, as well as much of the state,” he added. “Many homes remain without power. Even if your neighborhood appears to have minimal damage, it still might not be safe.”

Kingsbury stressed that residents everywhere be cautious of high, broken branches that have not yet fallen, the so-called widow makers.

He also reminded residents using generators to make sure their carbon monoxide detectors were working properly. Generators close to houses, he said, run the risk of back drafts that can cause carbon monoxide to build up in homes.

“Surprisingly, we haven’t had any calls on that,” he said.


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