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Westport Selectman: Power Restoration ‘Unacceptably Slow’

WESTPORT, Conn. – Two days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into Westport, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said recovery efforts, specifically the clearing of blocked roads and power restoration, have been slow.

“This has been a frustrating day,” Joseloff said Wednesday night in a CodeRed emergency telephone message.  “[Connecticut Light & Power] says 11 line and two tree crews were working in Westport today and more are expected on Thursday.

“I have told CL&P these numbers are insufficient. Often it takes two or three crews to clear one location, which means progress is unacceptably slow.”

As of 7:55 p.m., CL&P reported 9,961 outages, which is about 80 percent of town. Earlier Wednesday, roughly 86 percent of the town was without power.

Some progress was made in terms of reopening roads. Harbor Road in Saugatuck Shores, for example, was opened, Joseloff said. However, many streets are still blocked and 13 town roads that have no alternate access are blocked by downed trees and power lines, he said.

Because of these factors, schools are staying closed Thursday and Friday. The shelter at Long Lots School was closed Wednesday afternoon, and the few remaining guests went to hotels are the senior center, Joseloff said.

The Parks and Recreation Department, Joseloff added, hopes to reopen Compo Beach Thursday.

The Westport Library, Town Hall and Senior Center will be open Thursday as charging stations and Wi-Fi hotspots. Residents who need fresh water can visit any Westport fire station.

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