Road closures, some outages in Weston, Westport after Ida

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WESTPORT — The remnants of Ida caused flooding, power outages and local schools to open late on Thursday.

Westport Police Lt. Dave Wolf said most flooded roads in town were passable, though Greens Farms at Center Street was closed and tapered off, as was 405 Greens Farms Road, as of Thursday morning.

According to a release from the Westport Fire Department, Ida arrived in Westport around 8 p.m. Wednesday, dropping about one to two inches of rain an hour for several hours. Between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday, firefighters responded to more than 40 calls, including those about stranded motorists requiring rescue after being trapped in their vehicles due to swiftly rising water levels.

The department also received reports of downed power lines, flooded homes, burning power poles and other hazardous conditions. In the release, Deputy Chief Michael Kronick asked residents to be cautious in the storm’s aftermath.

“After the storm, be extremely careful when going around your property or neighborhood to survey any damage,” Kronick said. “Stay away from any power lines and downed trees.”  

Schools were on a two-hour delay Thursday morning, but were “safely open,” Superintendent Thomas Scarice said in a letter to families.

However, some schools “experienced water incursion for a variety of reasons and we are working to determine the sources so that they can be addressed,” Scarice said. “In some cases, the water entered the schools as a result of ground penetration, and in other cases the roof drains were simply inundated with an unprecedented volume of water in a short period of time. In any case, we are working to address the areas so that they are treated appropriately.”

In Weston, First Selectwoman Sam Nestor reported Thursday morning there were several road blockages at Calvin Road, the Good Hill Road Extension/OakWood Road and River Road at Hidden Hill Road.

“We are working with Eversource to get us all up and running as soon as possible,” Nestor said in a bulletin to residents.

Nestor advised residents should not attempt to drive through flooded roadways.

“Consider major delays to morning commutes and allow for extra time to travel,” she said.

She advised any other residents whose roads are blocked to call 203-222-2600. Those with power outages were advised to call Eversource at 800-286-2000.