Friday, August 15, 2003
Westport Reports No Serious Incidents Resulting from Power Outage
Westport reported no serious incidents as the northeast power outage darkened homes, stores, and traffic lights.
“So far, so good,” said one emergency official monitoring the outage as of mid-evening Thursday.
At first, only sections of Westport north of Compo Road were darkened by the outage which hit about 4:15 p.m. But by 5:30 p.m., sections that still had power went dark, too, along with much of the northeast.
Officials of CL&P said Fairfield County and shoreline towns appeared to be hardest hit.
Police placed portable stop signs at major intersections and assigned officers and traffic agents to the busiest points.
The Westport Fire Department held over its day shift and Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service called in extra personnel.
Many Westporters who commute into New York City by train were unable to get home. Workers who commute into Westport from outside were similarly stranded.
Most restaurants closed by early evening, although a few customers lingered at those with outdoor tables, including Matsu Sushi on Jesup Green.
Temperatures in Westport as well as across the northeast were in the upper 80s at the time of the blackout.
The police and fire departments operated on emergency generators. Officials said the 911 system was operating normally.
Homes lucky to have generators were able to watch cable television, which was not interrupted, and access broadband Internet connections through cable modems. Telephone service appeared to be operating normally.
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