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Westport Police: Don’t Drive If You Don’t Need To

Debris covers a roadway near Compo Beach early Monday following flooding.
Debris covers a roadway near Compo Beach early Monday following flooding. Photo Credit: Jaime Bairaktaris

Updated at 6:15 p.m.

WESTPORT, Conn. – As wind speeds continued to increase Monday due to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, Westport police were urging drivers to stay off the roads.

“Avoid all unnecessary driving over the next several hours due to the current storm conditions,” police wrote in a Nixle emergency message late Monday afternoon. “Most roads have significant debris. High winds will create more road obstructions and traffic lights are out.”

Westport police, fire, EMS and public works crews were pulled from the streets around 6 p.m. due to the strong winds, according to the town website. Crews will respond to emergencies only.

Numerous roads were closed due to fallen tree limbs and/or downed wires. As of 5 p.m., the following roads were reported closed:

? Maple Avenue South near No. 74

? Lyons Plains Road at Riverfield Lane

? River Lane near No. 25

? Hales Street at Valley Road

? Forrest Drive at Old Road

? Dover Road at Reichart Circle

? Iris Lane

? Tall Trees at Old Hill Road

? Cross Highway at Roseville Road

? Wilton Road at Wilton Terrace

? Lyons Plains near No. 32

? Partrick Road at Cypress Ponds

? Valley Heights Road  near No. 5

? Highwood Road at Cavalry Roa

? Darbrook Road near No. 31

? Harbor Road at Canal Road

? Compo Road S out at No. 299

? Sugar Maple Lane at Whitney Street

? Vista Terrace near No. 24

? Birch Lane near No. 3

? Saugatuck Avenue at the I-95 Southbound extrance/exit ramps

As of 6:15 p.m., Connecticut Light & Power reported 3,183 power outages in Westport.

"The winds really picked up around 5 p.m. and we've been getting inundated with calls about trees down and power outages."

At least four homes were damaged by fallen trees, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said before 6 p.m. No injuries were reported, he said.

Strong wind gust of up to 80 mph were expected throughout the evening. In addition to the winds, a second high tide is expected at 11:59 p.m. This high tide cycle is is expected to cause severe flooding to low-lying areas, much more than the flooding seen following the first high tide between 11:30 a.m. and noon, Joseloff said.

"Our fear is that these winds will further draw coastal flooding during high tide," Joseloff said.

For updates on the storm, check back with The Westport Daily Voice , monitor the town website and tune into WWPT 90.3 FM. You can also sign up to receive CodeRed telephone messages from the First Selectman.

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