More trees toppling, brush pickup underway, and other storm damage and repair updates
As of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, more than 90 percent of New Canaan residents had power, leaving 825 residences in the dark, according to an estimate from Connecticut Light and Power.
According to Bruce Bernier, a CL&P official, power outages are now largely concentrated, with 273 Ponus Ridge residents and 162 West Road residents still lacking light.
Bernier projects that less than 200 New Canaan residents will be without power by midnight tonight. He expects power to be restored to every New Canaan resident by midnight on Thursday.
All New Canaan public school buildings have power, expect for West Elementary School, which is expected to regain power by 8 p.m. tonight according to Bernier.
With potentially hazardous wires strewn across as many as 30 New Canaan roads, town and public school officials are putting their heads together to make a decision on whether to open school on Thursday.
"It's difficult to understand that, being that [getting power to West Elementary School] is a priority, why it's one of the latest entities to go online," he said.
Abbey also raised the notion that children, who are currently swarming the local streets on bikes and with packs of friends, might be safer in school tomorrow than out and about town.
He added, "From a safety standpoint, it's really close to 50-50 for me."
Town and CL&P crews will sweep the streets of New Canaan from 4 p.m. until dark today in an effort to identify and clear wires from the roads.
Abbey said he hopes to make an official decision on whether school will open tomorrow based on the data these crews report when they finish sweeping the streets.
"There's still a very small possibility that even with this sweep we're going to miss something," Bernier said.
The EOC plans to disband tonight or tomorrow.
Town crews will collect residential storm-related brush from March 17 to March 25. Crews are asking residents to leave brush at the curb. Do not include logs, leaves or grass clippings.
There is a moratorium on burning permits until April 1, according to Assistant Fire Chief Jack Hennessey.
Two message boards with hotline information are in the town center and several large posters with critical storm damage, repair and aid information are posted throughout the downtown area.
The library will close at 9 p.m. tonight. The shelter at St. Aloysius is now closed.
Nine roads are still closed in New Canaan due to storm damage as of midday today. According to selectman Robert Mallozzi, only three roads were closed Tuesday evening, but more trees weakened from the storm collapsed overnight. The following is a list of roads distributed this afternoon by the police department that might still be hazardous:
Brookside Road (closed before town line)
Brushy Ridge Road at Route 123 (working on pole, open)
107 Canoe Hill Road (open, wires along shoulder)
Cedar Rd at Dabney (closed)
Comstock Hill (open, wire along shoulder/pole temp. hung in tree)
East Cross Road
Hickory Drive (closed, trees removed, low hanging wires)
Myanos Lane at Circle Road (wires still down)
New Lane (closed)
Nubel Lane (trees cleared, fuse pulled/wires in road)
Rippowan at Circle (trees still blocking road)
River Street (trees removed, wires still down)
Turner Hill (closed, trees removed, wires in road)
West Cross Road (1 lane blocked by tree debris)
West Road Past Greenley/Woodridge Roads (barricade still up, road passable, pole work/tree removal still needed)