Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A work crew on Westport’s Pritchard Lane, off Maple Avenue South, today is one among many who are clearing numerous fallen branches and trees that fell on power lines causing impassable conditions on many of Westport’s main roads and residential lanes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, August 29, 2011
By James Lomuscio
Congressman Jim Himes this afternoon toured Westport’s Compo Beach hit hard by Hurricane Irene, vowing to assist the town and individuals in the process of getting federal assistance.
Though the waters had receded and the winds had passed, Hime, accompanied by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and fire officials, got a close look at what Irene had left in her wake. He saw road and pavilion damage, plus substantial ruin at a private home and a fallen tree at another.
“Now that we’re in the recovery phase, Connecticut will almost certainly benefit from federal assistance for municipalities and also for individuals that had losses,” Himes said. “I’m here to assist in the administrative process. It’s not a simple process.”
Himes, a Cos Cob resident who said he was one of the lucky ones in the region who did not lose power, also said he will keep an eye on the progress Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) makes in restoring power to the 50 percent of the Westport homes without electricity, 60 percent statewide.
Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4) (r) today toured several Westport areas damaged by Hurricane Irene, including Compo Beach. There, Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Gottfried (l) pointed out to him and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff portions of the boardwalk which had been damaged outside the pavilion area. They also made stops on Soundview Drive and Bradley Street where residents suffered water and tree damage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Westporter Denise McLaughlin, a victim of lost electric powere in the Compo Beach area, makes the best of it and is all smiles as she charges her various electronic technology devices at the Center for Senior Activities today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Metro-North said today it has begun limited service on the New Haven Main Line as of 4 p.m.
In a statement it said the New Haven Main Line service joined similar Sunday schedule service on the entire Hudson Line and on the Lower Harlem Line only
“There is still no signal and third-rail power because of downed transmission poles, trees continuing to fall and water-damaged substations” the statement said.
“Metro-North crews continue to work around-the-clock, assess conditions, clear the tracks and repair the infrastructure. Following all repair efforts, patrol trains have to operate to ensure the safety of the tracks before resuming service.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said today there was “slow but steady progress” being made in restoration of power to Westport customers.
In a CodeRed emergency telephone notification to residents at 2:30 p.m., he said: “Although we still have about 55 percent of the town still without power – almost 6,900 customers – CL&P is making slow but steady progress in getting everyone back on line. At one point we had 77 percent of the town in the dark.
“Everyone wants to know how long…and the best answer is count on days or a week or more. Obviously if it can be done sooner it will. But we are among hundreds of thousands in the state without power.
“Since Irene, we have been able to restore most of the downtown area, including the library, as well as other areas around town. And for those who don’t know, the library and senior center are great place to use wifi and charge cells phones and computers.
Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy announced today that as of 1 p.m. Compo Beach is fully open to the public.
Per the order of the Westport/Weston Health District no swimming until Wednesday.
Burying Hill Beach will reopen to the public at 8 a.m.. Tuesday with no swimming until Wednesday.
Longshore golf and tennis will reopen Tuesday morning with a regular schedule, while the Longshore pool remains closed until further notice.
The Gouchoe family of Westport –- one of thousands without power –- took advantage today of the hospitality of the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Mom Brigitte and (l-r) children Rudy and Stephanie brushed up on their pool. She said that she has been here before with her mother who comes to the facility periodically. Director Sue Pfister said families were taking advantage of the WiFi, restrooms, and the pool table. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport residents should be cautious of contaminated wells if their properties were flooded and of spoiled food left unrefrigerated for more than four hours, Mark A.R. Cooper, director of Health for the Westport Weston-Health District (WWHD) warned today.
“If your well has been flooded, it needs to be disinfected and tested once the floodwaters recede” Cooper said.
He stressed that all wells swamped by rain and seawater due to Hurricane Irene, those in low-lying areas or pits, should be properly disinfected, and tested prior to consumption.
Regarding foods left unrefrigerated, Cooper said that a ful freezer should keep foods safe for about two day.
UPDATE The Westport Public Library had its power restored at about 10 a.m. today and word quickly spread, attracting power seekers. The library will remain open to 9 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Power has been restored to the Westport Public Libarary and it is open with limited staffing, according to a spokeswoman.
Westport police advise avoiding Saugatuck Avenue, Wilton Road, Newtown Tunrpike, and Kings Highway South for the next 12 hrs due to power lines and trees down.
The Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., is operating on regular hours—8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.—but there are no classes.
Lunch will be served at noon for those who made reservations and home-delivered meals will be going out.
The Center said it welcomes anyone without power who may need to charge phones, computers, etc.
Please contact the Center at (203)341-5099 if you have any questions.
By James Lomuscio
With the rains ended and the tide waters from Tropical Storm Irene receding, car after car headed to Westport’s Compo Beach Sunday afternoon. Some were on a sightseeing jaunt, others on a journey of uncertainty.
Police turned the motorists around near the Minute Man statue because beyond that point Compo Beach Road remained flooded. So hundreds of the adventurous, spurred on by stories of high waves and the beach area under water, left their vehicles along Longshore Club Park and walked past the yellow tape.
Among them sporting a backpack, was Compo resident Tom Seligson. He and his family had spent the night with a friend in Weston. Worried about what he would find, he moved briskly along the sidewalk toward his home on the corner of Bradley Street and Norwalk Avenue.
“I’m just on my way now, hoping my home will is still there,” he said. “I was talking to one of my neighbors earlier, and he said there was two feet of water on the street. I’m a little worried what I’m going to find.”
Hours after the flood waters of Tropical Storm Irene receded from Westport’s Main Street on Sunday, the street took on a look of normalcy. To prevent an outbreak of fires, town officials ordered power cut to the street and area as the waters rose. Early today Connecticut Light & Power began the process of reenergized the power lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit, “Back to Our Roots”
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Distant Country Called Youth,” featuring Richard Thomas
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education Public Meeting (televised on channel 78) Canceled
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
A tree weakened by Tropical Storm Irene fell into a Westport home on Easton Road late today while the homeowner was outside barbecuing next to his garage, said Assistant Fire Chief John Plofkin. He was grazed but uninjured, Plofkin said, but the home’s roof suffered extensive damage while the rooms below appeared intact. Also hit was one of the occupant’s vehicles which suffered extensive damage, Plofkin said, as did his grill. He reminded residents to always be aware of their surroundings when outdoors during and after any type of storm activity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
UPDATE Power outages were reported across Westport because of Hurricane Irene.
At 11 p.m., Connecticut Light & Power Company said 9,016 Westport customers were in the dark or 73 percent of the town.
Due to the lack of electricity downtown, the Family Y is not able to open as usual on Monday morning.
“We hope to open at noon, but will post updates by 10 a.m.,” said David Cohen, vice president of operation.
He said the pool at Mahackeno Outdoor Center will be closed on Monday, as will the Child Care program.
For the latest news about our facility and its operational status, please visit westporty.org or call 203-226-8981.
Metro-North said tonight all service remains suspended through Monday as repairs continue in the wake of Hurricane Irene.
The Westport Public Library said tonight it is aiming for a noon opening on Monday.
It reminded residents that many services are available online: at http://www.westportlibrary.org/about/when-library-closed
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Westport Superintendent of Schools Elliot Landon said tonight Westport schools will open on Wednesday, a day later than scheduled.
He said because of ongoing power problems, all Westport schools will be closed for teachers on Monday.
All professional development activities for teachers that were scheduled for the day have been canceled as were all activities for parents and students, he said.
All teacher, parent and student programs and activities that were planned for Monday will be held on Tuesday, Landon said.
Cat found on Ellery Lane in Westport. Small male black and white cat with extra toes. Friendly. UPDATE: the finder found a wonderful new home for this pretty cat.