Westport preps for impact of Tropical Storm Elsa

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STEINHATCHEE, FL - JULY 07: Sightseers look at breaks in the clouds after Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall nearby on July 7, 2021 in Steinhatchee, Florida. Storm warnings remain in effect for parts of Florida's west coast as Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall on Wednesday morning. After hitting Cuba on Monday, causing flooding and mudslides, Elsa is expected to bring strong winds and rain as it heads north in the coming days. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

STEINHATCHEE, FL - JULY 07: Sightseers look at breaks in the clouds after Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall nearby on July 7, 2021 in Steinhatchee, Florida. Storm warnings remain in effect for parts of Florida's west coast as Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall on Wednesday morning. After hitting Cuba on Monday, causing flooding and mudslides, Elsa is expected to bring strong winds and rain as it heads north in the coming days. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

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WESTPORT — With Tropical Storm Elsa bringing a strong threat of heavy rains and wind to most of Connecticut, some Westport officials were hard at work Thursday’s preparing for its impact.

Town operations director Sara Harris said Westport Emergency Operations Command staff met Thursday morning and was planning to meet again later in the afternoon on Thursday.

“At this moment, some inland flooding is projected, so there may be changes to the morning commute,” Harris said.

Meanwhile, local police are also bracing the storm. Westport Police Lt. Dave Wolf said additional officers have been hired to work during the storm, enabling the department to handle the larger call volume associated with weather events.

“Further, barricades and portable stop signs have been placed in our patrol cars and pickup trucks,” Wolf said in a statement. “The barricades allow us to quickly close roads that are blocked by trees and downed wires. The portable stop signs are used at intersections that are normally controlled by traffic lights when those lights are out due to a power outage.”

Wolf also cautioned residents to stay at home during the height of the storm.

“Should people have to venture out, we ask that they refrain from driving through standing water as they will not know how deep it is,” he said. “It is also imperative that people stay away from downed power lines because, even if they are down, they still may be live. On a final note, we ask that the general public call Eversource for power restoration times as opposed to the police department as we will not have that information.”

However, Wolf said, though town personnel are trying to prepare for the storm, “our level of concern is moderate as current forecasts do not indicate this will be a major wind event,” though that could change. Wolf also mentioned that the tide will likely be going out during the height of the storm “which should cut down on coastal flooding.”