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Darien Postpones Halloween; Restoration To Start Soon

Hurricane Sandy knocked down a tree in front of this home on Post Road in Darien. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
This tree in a front lawn of a home on Noroton Avenue in Darien was split down the middle. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
A tree was down in a front lawn on Nearwater Lane in Darien. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Noroton Bay in Darien is blocked off Tuesday afternoon due to flooding and downed trees. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Old Kings Highway South is blocked off due to a downed tree Tuesday afternoon. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Recovery crews in Darien block off Rings End Road, which sustained heavy flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
A tree was down in the backyard of the Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
A tree obstructs part of Old Kings Highway South in Darien Tuesday afternoon. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

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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