P R E S S R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2011
First Selectman Peter Tesei convened a meeting of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) today to review the status of the restoration effort and to discuss our plan for the next twenty four hours. As of 4:30 p.m. today 998 CL&P customers (4% of all customers) in the Town of Greenwich are without power. Yesterday at 1:00 p.m. the number was 2358. CL&P has deployed 36 power crews towards the restoration of power and 15 tree crews to remove trees and limbs that are obstructing their work. All emergency facilities have power provided by CL&P The Town has also deployed its tree crews and personnel and equipment from the Department of Public Works to remove trees that block roads or partially obstruct traffic or pedestrian movement. The State of Connecticut has also supplied equipment and personnel to assist in this effort CL&P continues to report that they expect to restore 99% of all electric service in Greenwich by Saturday at 11:30 p.m. and 100% by 11:00pm on Tuesday September 6th
The Town has consistently followed a priority list that addressed life/safety issues as the most important area of concern. Other priorities include road closures, safe routing for traffic and pedestrians, and the resumption of electric service for the largest number of residents. As of this afternoon 9 roads are partially blocked. At the height of the storm the Town had 381 road blockages. See the list of existing (as of 1:00 Friday) blockages at the end of this release.
For those residents who have found Connecticut Light and Power’s (CL&P) response to be insufficient complaints can be made to the Public Utility Regulatory Agency (PURA) of the State of Connecticut. PURA complains may be lodged via a toll free phone call at 800-382-4586 or on-line at http://www.ct.gov/dupc/cwp/viw.asp?a=3352&q=404030.
The EOC continues to receive reports of citizens who are utilizing generators for electric purposes or are operating their personal vehicles to charge electronic devices in such a fashion that carbon monoxide gas is entering their living quarters. Please operate all such equipment in a well ventilated area and exercise extreme caution that you do not poison yourself and your family.
The Greenwich Main Library will be open for extended hours on Saturday, September 3rd from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.
School will be open on Tuesday, September 6th for sixth and ninth grade orientation. Greenwich High School and Western Middle School will also hold orientation for students new to the District on that same day. School will be open for all students on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011. Please monitor the Board of Education website for up-to-the-moment school news at www.greenwichschools.org.
As the Town moves from restoration to clean up please refrain from placing your yard waste and storm debris in the right of way. Public Works Department will not remove debris from private property.
The Holly Hill Transfer Station will continue to remain open through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. to permit homeowners and their contractors to dispose of yard waste that has been created by the storm.
The Red Cross has prepared a Cleanup Kit for homeowners with damage. The kit may be picked up at the Red Cross office at 99 Indian Field Road on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Their phone number is 203-869-8444.
Important Service Phone Numbers
AT&T 611 or 800-288-2020
Blocked or Partially Roads
Burning Tree Road Field Road Sunset Road
Fox Run Lane Richmond Hill Road Tory Road
Willow Run Road Langhorne Lane Welwyn Road
There are also a number of other minor roadway obstructions that are being tracked and will be remedied as time permits.