DARIEN, Conn. — Darien officially postponed Halloween until Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Crews were working Tuesday to restore power and clear the many roads in town that were closed or impassable.
A flood advisory remained in effect Tuesday until midnight. As of 7 p.m., there were 6,768 Connecticut Light & Power customers without power, or 88 percent of the town.
“While the effects of Hurricane Sandy have been devastating to land and property here in Darien, I am very relieved to report that we’ve had no injuries or loss of life due to the storm,” First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said.
The Public Works Department and CL&P are in the damage assessment and recovery phase of the disaster response, according Stevenson. There were 10 utility crews in town, and two of those will begin the restoration phase Tuesday evening and continue Wednesday morning.
“Please remember that power restoration is systematic and takes time,” Stevenson said.
Many roads were closed or impassable due to downed wires, trees and other debris. Stevenson asked residents to keep away from any downed trees or power lines. If you must drive through town, use extreme caution and stop at all intersections where power is out to the traffic signals.
Sewer systems are fully operational and public drinking water is safe to consume.
Darien schools will remain closed Wednesday, and decisions to extend closures will be made on a daily basis. The emergency shelter at Darien High School will remain open Tuesday night, and Darien Town Hall will be open Wednesday. The transfer station will stay open until 5 p.m. every day through Saturday.
Stevenson also asked any residents who parked their cars or boats in school parking lots to move them when able to be ready for school to open.
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