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Stevenson offers update, warning for upcoming storm

Published 6:55 pm, Monday, November 5, 2012
  • A tree destroys a pick-up truck near Wee Burn Country Club in Darien. Photo contributed by Alan DeSantis. Photo: Contributed Photo
    A tree destroys a pick-up truck near Wee Burn Country Club in Darien. Photo contributed by Alan DeSantis. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson is warning residents of another storm forecasted to hit the area Wednesday afternoon.

"Coastal areas will experience wind gusts of between 40 to 70 mph and moderate coastal flooding," she said in a press release issued Monday night. "Additional power outages are to be expected and we urge residents to again make emergency preparations including resupplying food, water and refueling generators, if needed. I have spoken directly to CL&P leaders and State of Connecticut Emergency Operations Center personnel and they assure me that no assets will be released from our area until we have full restoration and any impact from the coming storm is addressed."

Stevenson said because of the possible storm, she is canceling the town's Halloween celebration.

"Neighborhoods are welcome to organize their own celebrations, but please use extreme caution around tree debris and downed wires," she said.

Stevenson said as of 6 p.m., Darien still had 11 percent, or 900 residents, without power. Although outages are spread throughout town, larger concentrations persist in the following areas:

Birch Road/Point of Woods/Watchtower Roads;

Brookside Road and side streets;

Mansfield Avenue and side streets;

Hollow Tree Ridge Road and side streets;

Old Kings Highway/Locust Hill and side streets;

Stony Brook Road;

Old Farm Road;

Nearwater Lane;

Christy Hill.

Stevenson said nearly 100 crews are working in Darien, adding that the CL&P distribution system has been "catastrophically damaged" and in many of the areas noted above must be reconstructed entirely. Full restoration is still estimated for Tuesday evening by 11:30 p.m., she said.

FEMA representatives are meeting with homeowners who have suffered significant storm damage. Residents needing to file with FEMA may do so at any time at by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or at www.disasterassistance.gov.

"Tree or flood damage that has made your home uninhabitable should be reported our Building Department at 203-656-7347," Stevenson said.

Schools will be open tomorrow on a 90-minute delayed schedule. Elections will be held at normal polling places. Please use caution in and around schools as election turnout and traffic is expected to be heavy and student safety must be ensured.

The Darien Library will remain open tonight until 11 p.m.