Officials: Westport 'fared well' during Tropical Storm Elsa

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WESTPORT — Tropical Storm Elsa’s impact on Westport was relatively small, much to the relief of local officials.

On the morning of July 9, while the storm still raged, Police Lt. Dave Wolf said there were only a “handful of outages and, to my knowledge, no trees are down.” He added that there was flash flooding on multiple roads, necessitating either their closure or partial closure.

As of that afternoon, Wolf said, it seemed that Elsa’s ultimate toll on Westport was minimal.

“Fortunately, Westport fared well during this storm,” he said, adding that there were “no injuries or significant property damage. (The) only issue we faced was the flash flooding, but most roads have reopened.”

However, public works director Peter Ratkiewich said the flash flooding due to Elsa was a serious problem in some spots.

“We have had blocked culverts and bridges causing water to overtop the roads in numerous areas,” he said the afternoon of July 9. “Several sloped areas experienced severe erosion that caused mud and debris flows onto our roads as well.”

Ratkiewich said water levels receded late in the afternoon and expected to do further cleanup and damage assessment this week.

Westport Fire Chief Robert Yost confirmed that the town fared well with power outages. He said Eversource reported that only five Westport customers were without power Friday and, at the height of the storm, there were 1,318 customers — 10 percent of Westport customers — without power.