Tuesday, November 01, 2011
UPDATE Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) today estimated full restoration of power to Westport residents by 6 p.m. Friday and provided town officials with a list of largest areas impacted.
The company began publishing individual town restoration estimates on its website. Many of the hardest hit towns in northwest and central Connecticut were not on the list as the company was still calculating the power restoration estimates.
CL&P had three crews working in Westport today and additional personnel were anticipated later today, according to First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.
In a Twitter message, Joseloff said CL&P had restored power to the Evergreen Parkway and Tamarac Road areas in late morning.
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “At Home with Stone” & “The Wit & Wisdom of Frazier Forman Peters”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “My Dyslexia,” Philip Schultz
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Twelfth Night, or What You Will”
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
By Dave Matlow
A branch that fell on an electrical circuit tonight led to a smoke condition in Westport’s Compo Shopping Center on Post Road East that forced the evacuation of the Little Kitchen restaurant and several nearby tenants.
Assistant Chief John Plofkin Jr. said a breaker popped on a pole at East Main Street and Post Road East adjacent to the center at about 6 p.m. Two hours later a call from the Learning Express toy store said there was smoke in the building.
Firefighters initially could not determine the source of the problem and called for additional manpower with Norwalk sending a ladder truck and Wilton an engine company, he said.
When firefighters entered the Learning Express store, the smoke was “so dense that we could not see the rear of the store,” Plofkin said.
Smoke traced to a storm-caused outside electric power problem forced the evacuation tonight of a number of tenants at the Compo Shopping Center, including Little Kitchen, New York Sports Club, and Learning Express. Assistant Chief John Plofkin Jr. said the problem caused a reduction of power to fans in the cooking area Little Kitchen which led to a smoke buildup in the restaurant and nearby tenants. Fire units from Wilton and Norwalk also responded until the cause of the smoke could be pinpointed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 40 Harbor Road, in the Saugatuck Shores area, is in process. Built in 1961, the two-story colonial has 1,765 square feet and is situated on a .25-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Connecticut Light and Power Co. (CL&P) reiterated tonight that complete power restoration from Saturday’s surprise October snowstorm could be a week or more away.
It said almost 204,000 CL&P customers have been restored in the wake of the storm that at the peak knocked out power to more than 831,000 homes and businesses served by CL&P.
“We expect the pace of restoration to quicken as damage assessments are completed, blocked roads are cleared and additional crews arrive to help with the effort,” said Jeff Butler, CL&P’s president and chief operating officer.
“Our projection for complete restoration remains the same: we expect it to take a week or more in some areas. We will continue bringing in more crews to improve on that projection.