Darien Police Department
Date: November 1, 2012
Re: Post Storm Update #5
Issued by: Sgt. Jeremiah P. Marron Jr.
Public Information Officer
Routine Calls: 203-662-5300
For Immediate Release
Town of Darien
Post Storm Update #5
November 1, 2012
We are day 2 post Hurricane Sandy. Good weather for the next few days will help with our recovery efforts. Our Emergency Operations Center is in contact with the State and Federal government twice a day relaying our specific recovery needs.
58% of Darien is still without power, down from over 90%. Power to critical facilities has not been totally restored and remains a priority along with the Post Road between I-95 and the railroad bridge for traffic safety. Many areas, particularly north Darien, experienced broken and downed utility poles. Resetting poles takes time.
We have 12 CL&P line and tree crews here and working in tandem with Department of Public Works personnel to clear roads still inaccessible to emergency vehicles. At this hour, we have 26 public and over 22 private roadways inaccessible to emergency vehicles due to downed trees with wires in them. I have notified the CT Department of Emergency Management of this critical safety concern. While we have made significant headway, we continue to receive new reports of critical blockages. These roads remain our highest priority. We have additional tree crews working to clear areas that do not involve utility wires. The back bone of the CL&P system must be repaired before further restorations can begin.
Please continue to be vigilant regarding your personal safety and the safety of your children. Drive slowly on all roads and stop at all intersections. Do not attempt to clear trees from in and around power or other utility lines. Energized power lines can cross energize phone and cable lines. Generators must be properly installed and vented.
·The transfer station is open till 5pm today through Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 to residents with non-commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles can take debris to City Carting in Stamford.
·The first municipal leaf pick up is cancelled.
·Darien Library is open till 11pm today and Friday, 9 to 9 Saturday and 1-9 Sunday.
·The YMCA is open till 10pm tonight for showers and recharging.
·Elections will continue as scheduled. Any changes to polling places will be communicated.
We are now at the point in our recovery when residents tend to get a bit frustrated without power and begin questioning the recovery efforts they are seeing. I can assure you that all resources we have available to us are dedicated to making roads passable and safe. Any additional resources we have that do not have a line crew to work with have been tasked with recovery and clean up. I will not be publishing lists of road closures. At this time, our lists change too frequently to be accurate and up to date.
I ask you at this time to check on your vulnerable friends and neighbors, particularly elderly residents. Temperatures are getting colder and we want to be sure everyone is safe and healthy.