WESTPORT, Conn. – Power crews will try to bring outages in Westport below 50 percent by the end of Friday, officials say.
Four days after Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on the town, more than half of power customers here remain in the dark. As of 2:15 p.m. Friday, Connecticut Light & Power reported 7,605 outages in Westport, which is about 61 percent of town.
CL&P has 17 line crews and five tree crews working in town Friday, Westport Fire Inspector Nate Gibbons said in an Emergency Operations Center broadcast Friday morning.
“The target areas for today’s restorations are: Green’s Farms Elementary School, Meeker Road, Woods End Road, North Compo Road, Mayflower Parkway and Narrow Rocks Road,” Gibbons said. “Crews on Saugatuck Avenue expect to have power restoration up to Duck Pond Road by nightfall.”
Line crews will also continue working on Harbor Road in the Saugatuck Shores neighborhood, and four damaged sub-stations that power a large portion of town will also be worked on, Gibbons said.
In addition to the CL&P crews, the Westport Public Works Department has three tree crews working to clear fallen trees from roadways, Gibbons said.
These crews, which are being assisted by CL&P chainsaw teams and private crews, will be working on Trails End, North Ridge, Hedley Farms Road, Compo Road North at Tamarac, and Sasco Creek Road. The goal is to have all these areas passable by the end of the day, Gibbons said.
Because power grids don’t follow town boundaries, many residents in the northwest section of town are powered by a feed from Weston. Similarly, many residents in the southwestern neighborhoods in Saugatuck receive their power from a Norwalk feed. As such, these residents must rely on the progress made by the CL&P crews in these towns.
“Be assured that both teams in Weston and Norwalk are working as hard as we are,” Gibbons said.
To inquire about power restoration progress in your neighborhood, call CL&P Customer Service at 800-286-2000.