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Hurricane Sandy Can't Stop Halloween Festivities In Westport

Westport residents are urged to avoid areas where there are fallen trees and/or downed power lines, like this area of Keenes Road, if they go trick-or-treating Wednesday night.
Westport residents are urged to avoid areas where there are fallen trees and/or downed power lines, like this area of Keenes Road, if they go trick-or-treating Wednesday night. Photo Credit: Johanna Rossi

WESTPORT, Conn. – Despite the damage caused around town by Hurricane Sandy, Westport officials are not postponing Halloween trick-or-treating Wednesday as they did last year after the Oct. 29 nor’easter.

However, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff urged residents to use their best judgment if they go out. “Stay away from shoreline areas hard hit by the storm and obviously any place there are trees and power lines down and it is unsafe,” Joseloff said in a CodeRed emergency telephone message Tuesday night. “And have the kids home before dark.”

A portion of Hillspoint Road was torn up during the storm. Several streets near Compo Beach were still flooded and portions of the Soundview Drive and Hillspoint Road were covered with a mixture of sand and water early Tuesday evening.

As of 8:15 p.m., Connecticut Light & Power reported 10,206 power outages in Westport, which is about 82 percent of town.

During an afternoon news conference, Joseloff said he was “appallingly disappointed” by CL&P’s response in Westport, because there were not multiple crews working around town as promised before the storm.

In the CodeRed message, he said he was informed later Tuesday afternoon that two additional crews were dispatched to Westport and that some progress had been made late in the day. It was not known, however, how long it will take CL&P to fully restore power, Joseloff said. As such, he told residents to be prepared for a week or more and to “be glad it’s sooner.”

For residents without power, free WiFi is available at the Westport Library at 20 Jesup Road and Westport Town Hall at 110 Myrtle Ave. Residents can also charge their cellphones, computers and other electronics at these locations, as well as the Westport Country Playhouse at 25 Powers Court.

The Westport Weston Family Y, which last year opened its doors to the public after Irene and the October nor’easter, is closed until further notice due to flood damage, a message on the Family Y blog announced . The Westport Senior Center will be closed Wednesday.

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