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Westport voices in the storm ... and afterward

Updated 11:00 am, Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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  • Luz Rios outside her Main Street apartment Saturday with her chihuahua, Nena. WESTPORT NEWS, CT 2/9/13 Photo: Paul Schott / Westport News
    Luz Rios outside her Main Street apartment Saturday with her chihuahua, Nena. WESTPORT NEWS, CT 2/9/13 Photo: Paul Schott

 

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Following is a sampler of what Westporters were saying Friday and Saturday about the snow storm that pummeled town from overnight Friday into Saturday with wind gusts clocked locally at up to 80 mph, and leaving behind 2 to 3 feet deep.

FIRE CHIEF ANDREW KINGSBURY, Westport's emergency management director

"It's actually been pretty quiet, except for a couple of motor vehicle accidents. We're just waiting to see what's going to happen. There's still quite a bit of storm left. We'd advise residents to stay inside and stay put."

Fire officials also say there are no plans, as of Friday afternoon, to open the town's emergency shelter at Long Lots Elementary School.

NOEL du Pont, owner, Francois du Pont Jewelers, Main Street

"It's just a little snow; it's a lot better than a hurricane."

CHRISTIAN LEPORE, sales associate, Allen Edmonds, Main Street

"It feels good to be here. Hopefully with everyone else closed, all the attention will come to our store."

LUZ RIOS, Main Street resident

"This is the worst I've ever seen ... Usually I am able to go to work during a storm, but yesterday it was so bad that I wasn't able to go."

DOUG TIROLA, Westport resident

"We're good -- we came through without any major problems. We live near the downtown and we're looking to go out and get out something to eat. Our stomachs are growling, but it looks like everything is closed."

GEORGE PLINKAS, SHOVELER, WESTPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY

`I've been doing this for eight years, and this storm was up there with the best of them."

STACIE KAPETANEAS, manger, Coffee An' shop on Main Street

"We have a lot of people coming in today, looking to get out of the storm, and get something hot to eat or drink. We're doing fine so far, so we can't complain."

JIMMY IZZO, owner, Ace Hardware Store on Main Street

"There's been heavy traffic coming in for everything from ice melter, snow shovels, batteries, firewood, heaters, flashlights, windshield washer fluid and traction sand. It really pumps up the business and we're looking to sell a lot of sleds tomorrow."

He said business this week has matched the lead up the December 2010 blizzard. The demand for storm supplies picked up Thursday and continued Friday, with the storm very busy as of 7 a.m. Friday.

BRYAN SCHWARTZ, Westport resident

"We made a fire, watched some movies and had a great Friday night. The storm couldn't have happened at a better time."

STEFANI FRIEDMAN (with Schwartz)

"We're out here enjoying the fresh air and trying to fend off cabin fever sickness."

DORIS JACOBY, Weston resident and visiting the Westport Public Library

"I'm looking forward to going home and hunkering down with heat, water and light. It's kind of nice not have any appointments with this weather. There's tranquility."

ROSS DENER, Staples High School senior

"It's exciting being one of the last few people out here in the storm. It's kind of cool to see Westport without many people around. If the power goes out, I'll probably be kind of irritated."

RILEY WARD, Staples High School senior

"It's Friday, I don't want to be cooped up inside."

Editor's note: Take a video tour of downtown Westport in the aftermath of the blizzard with Westport News reporter Paul Schott:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4yexeL_KNM&list=UUcgPz9NGSN5u475PQNX07Zg&index=1