Officials report progress mopping up after Irene
Updated 1:20 pm, Thursday, September 1, 2011
Westport's recovery from Tropical Storm Irene continued this week, as town officials reported progress in restoring power and clearing roads.
"We are in day three of this emergency and are making slow but steady progress in getting power restored to Westporters," First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said in a statement Tuesday. "We don't know when full power will be available. We hope it is only days."
At midday Thursday, Connecticut Light & Power reported on its website that approximately 2,100 customers, ot roughly 16 percent of its clientele in Westport, still had no power.
"We are getting a lot of calls saying people are not seeing CL&P trucks on roadways," Joseloff added. "They may not say CL&P, and they may not be yellow. But believe me they are out there."
Joseloff added that he had been informed that CL&P was flying in crews from locations as Seattle, Wash.
The Twitter feed on the town's website Thursday reported that representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency had arrived to assess storm damage in town.
Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, who also serves as the town's emergency management director, told the Westport News on Tuesday that the town plans to apply for financial aid from FEMA to cover storm damage and expenditures.
Town officials have completed work on a cost estimate of damages caused by Irene.
"My primary function is getting the roads open and passable," he said. "CL&P is still busy restoring power. I think that CL&P has responded very well."
Edwards said he expected all local roads to be cleared by Thursday night.
"We are quite lucky that the amount of damage tree-wise and road-wise is much less than we had in the March  storm," he added. "We've probably 100 trees down this time, whereas with the March storm we probably had more than 200 down."
On Wednesday, Joseloff and Kingsbury surveyed Westport roads that have been closed by the storm. Wright Street, Hermit Lane and Kings Highway South have been cleaned up, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the Fire Department.
Town officials also announced Wednesday that the town's beaches re-opened for swimming Wednesday, while the Longshore Club Park pool was scheduled to re-open Thursday.