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Downtown Westport Gets Lights, Most Still In The Dark

A utility pole that snapped during Hurricane Sandy on Hillspoint Road in Westport remained unfixed Thursday.
A utility pole that snapped during Hurricane Sandy on Hillspoint Road in Westport remained unfixed Thursday. Photo Credit: Jaime Bairaktaris

WESTPORT, Conn. – Street lights along Westport’s Main Street, Parker Harding Plaza and the surrounding part of Post Road East were once again glowing Thursday night after power was restored to the area.

The area went dark Monday night after power was intentionally cut to prevent fires as flooding spurred by Hurricane Sandy occurred.

Although power was restored, most stores are still in the process of cleaning up and are not likely to open immediately. Other stores, like Theory, which is ripping out its floor because of flood damage, will be closed until further notice. The Westport Weston Family Y also will be closed until further notice.

Most of Westport remained in the dark Thursday night. At 9 p.m., Connecticut Light & Power reported 8,266 power outages throughout Westport, which is roughly 66 percent of the town.

In a CodeRed emergency telephone message Thursday night, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said CL&P crews restored power to about 2,300 customers in the past 24 hours. In the morning, he said at least three CL&P tree crews and 15 line crews were working in town Thursday.

“All of us share your frustration and impatience,” Joseloff said in the message. “But keep in mind, this was a Titanic-like event that ended only three days ago, not even a week ago.”

CL&P announced Thursday morning it hopes to have power restored to 98 percent of its customers across the state by Tuesday.

Regarding Westport specifically, CL&P spokesperson Mitch Gross said there is no timetable for when the town will be fully restored, or when residents in certain areas can expect the lights to come back on. The priority for crews, he said, is to restore the largest number of customers they can at a single time.

“We’re working extra hard to get power back to all,” Gross said Thursday afternoon. “I assure you we have crews working in all the towns without power, including Westport. And they’ve been working 24 hours a day since the storm hit.”

Residents with questions about power restoration progress in their neighborhoods can call CL&P Customer Service at 800-286-2000, Gross said.

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