Saturday, March 02, 2024

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Odor of Gas Forces Evacuation of Main Street Bank

UPDATE Customers and staff were evacuated from the Chase Bank branch on Westport’s Main Street today after a caller said a gas odor was detected in the area. But a check by firefighters found no problem.WestportNow.com Image
The Chase Bank at 184 Main St. was evacuated briefly. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The call from the bank at 184 Main St. came in at about 11:10 a.m.

Firefighters said they could not detect a gas odor in the bank building nor did they find anything around the exterior, including the roof.

There have been several reports of odors of gas in the Westport center area around Elm Street and Main Street in recent weeks, all of which have been investigated by Southern Connecticut Gas Co.

Special Weather Statement

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Special Weather Statement as of 6:43 a.m.

Isolated pockets of freezing rain possible into the morning commute.

While most of interior portions of the lower Hudson Valley, Fairfield County, and the remainder of coastal Connecticut have had the temperature rise above freezing, there are still a few isolated areas with temperatures at or just below the freezing mark.

As a result there will be patches of freezing rain in this area over the next hour or so until temperatures rise above freezing.

Enjoying the Sun

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Two elegant Whippets enjoyed the sunshine on Sunday afternoon at Compo Beach. They are Brazil (l), a 4-year-old therapy dog at Stamford Hospital, and puppy Canis, who is in training to become a therapy dog. Their owner and trainer is Don Smith of Darien who has been training “healing hounds” for many years. Smith’s dogs also participate in library programs where children read aloud to canine listeners and are welcome visitors to area hospice patients. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

River House Diners Kick Off Restaurant Week

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Early evening diners at the River House, 299 Riverside Ave., kicked off Westport Restaurant Week today. It is one of 16 Westport area restaurants participating in the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce’s annual dining event that runs through Saturday. Each restaurant is offering a special prix fixe lunch and dinner menu. Other participating restaurants include Acqua Ristorante, Blue Lemon, Bobby Q’s Barbeque & Grill, Bombay Club, Coromandel, DaPietro’s, La Villa Trattoria, Manolo, Mansion Clam House, Matsu Sushi, Rizzuto’s Wood-Fired Restaurant and Bar, Splash Restaurant & Bar, Tarantino’s, Tavern on Main, Thali, and Via Sforza. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Flood Watch for Westport and area from Monday morning through late Monday night.

It said total rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts are possible across the tri-state area on Monday.

Rain will develop after midnight and continue into the early afternoon Monday ahead of a warm front. A second area of rain with scattered thunderstorms is then forecast to move in from the southwest in the afternoon and early evening hours, an advisory said.

This rainfall combined with the nearly saturated grounds from the 1 to 2 inches of rainfall that fell on Friday will exacerbate the flood threat.