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Westport officials report big snowfall from storm, but little damage

Updated 12:35 pm, Saturday, February 9, 2013

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  • Mountainous piles of snow accumulated in the lot of the Westport Public Library on Saturday after snow-clearing operations.  WESTPORT NEWS, CT 2/9/13 Photo: Paul Schott / Westport News
    Mountainous piles of snow accumulated in the lot of the Westport Public Library on Saturday after snow-clearing operations. WESTPORT NEWS, CT 2/9/13 Photo: Paul Schott

 

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After being pummeled with wind-whipped snow 2 to 3 feet deep dumped by one of the worst winter storms to hit Westport since 1978, the town appears to have emerged with relatively limited damage and disruption, emergency-management officials reported Saturday morning.

"Overall, so far we're good," Deputy Fire Chief Robert Kepchar told the Westport News. "We had two calls overnight, but it was kind of a slow night."

The blizzard caused only a handful of outages -- just five customers were without power about 10:15 a.m. Saturday -- a sharp contrast to other severe storms over the last few years that disrupted electric service to thousands in town.

The storm also did not produce a surge along the coastline during Friday night's high tide as had been feared, with only minor flooding reported on Canal Street in the Saugatuck Shores section of town.

Fire officials reported one storm-related injury: a man who got his hand caught in a snow blower on Wilton Road Friday night. He had to be taken to Norwalk Hospital for treatment.

While the National Weather Service's "Blizzard Warning" for southwestern Connecticut was dropped early Saturday, Kepchar advised residents to stay off the roads Saturday since of the town's thoroughfares still impassable. Gov. Dannel Malloy early Saturday had ordered a travel ban on "all" roads in the state as a safety measure and to facilitate snow-removal operations.

In the meantime, town public works crews will continue to plow local roads round the clock.

The town's emergency operations center at Fire Department headquarters on Post Road East remains partially activated, while the Fire Department is maintaining double shifts, with 30 firefighters on duty, Kepchar added.