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Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Two-Hour Power Outage Hits Homes,

Two-Hour Power Outage Hits Homes, Disrupts Traffic, Longshore Facilities
Traffic agent directs traffic at intersection of Post Road East and Compo Road during two-hour power outage. WestportNow.com photo
A two-hour power outage hit much of central Westport today as the temperature soared into the 90s. It left about 1,200 homes dark, disrupted traffic, and shut down the towns Longshore Club Park facilities. Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) said a blown transformer near Compo Road South and Bridge Street caused a blackout that extended from the Longshore Club Park north to the intersection of Compo Road South and Post Road East. At the height of the outage, 1,254 customers out of 12,041 Westport homes and businesses served by the utility were affected, according to the companyҒs Web site. The outage occurred at 1:12 p.m. and power was back shortly after 3 p.m. Traffic backed up in Westports center business district as police placed stop signs at the intersection of Compo Road South and Post Road East. Traffic agents directed traffic by hand. At Longshore, officials closed down the pool, much to the disappointment of a large crowd of mothers and children who had to abandon the cool water for grassy areas nearby. One lifeguard said it would take a half hour or more after restoration of power to get the poolҒs filtration system up to speed so swimmers could return.
Lifeguard at Longshore Club pool tells disappointed swimmers pool is closed due to a power blackout. WestportNow.com photo
At the Parks and Recreation Dept. office, employees continued to process applications by hand. Emergency backup power enabled the department to shut down its computer system safely after the outage hit. The Splash Restaurant at the Longshore Inn allowed luncheon guests to finish but locked the doors to additional customers due to the blackout. The regular Tuesday Westport Rotary luncheon at the inn was just about over and was largely unaffected by the outage. Police and fire officials reported no serious incidents during the blackout, but one homeowner did suffer some water damage when a pump ceased to operate. Several fire and burglar alarms sounded when power was restored.


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