Power Crews Continue Effort to Reopen Roadways, Restore Power

After Tropical Storm Isaias moved through Greenwich, Public Works, and Public Safety Departments are working tirelessly to open the roadways and make them safe.

Contracted electrical power crews from outside our region began arriving to support Eversource early on Wednesday. Eversource said crews are arriving from Canada, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts to assist.

“This storm’s impact, in terms of Eversource customers affected in Connecticut, is one of the largest on record,” Eversource said in a release Wednesday night. “As a result, we are asking customers to prepare for multiple days without power.”

Photo courtesy Eversource.

Work to clear trees and wires from the roadway continues in cooperation with the Dept of Public Works, Parks & Rec, and Greenwich Police Dept

The main objective remains to ensure that the powerlines are de-energized and safe.

Virtually every street and thoroughfare in the Town of Greenwich sustained some damage because of Tropical Storm Isaias. The northern section of the Town suffered significant property damage. Other areas in Town also sustained considerable damage from trees, wires and utility poles down, and complete or partial blockage of roadways. No families have been displaced by fire. Most importantly, there was no loss of life.

As of 7:00pm on August 5, all major roadway arteries have been open, except the 300 block of Stanwich Rd and 600 block of Riversville Rd.    

The Fire Dept has been responding to numerous fire alarms, assessing buildings that were struck by trees, assessing damage sustained to automatic generators, and responding to many carbon monoxide alarms, many caused by portable generators. 

The Police Department has added extra officers to the shifts to help in the recovery response. The standard operating level of officers has remained the same and will answer all calls for service without an issue.  

The added officers are assigned to the utility and public works crews to provide a safe work zone to open the road and restore power.

The Parks and Recreation Department has prepared an informational flyer regarding park access and cancellation. To access the flyer, visit  https://www.greenwichct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16896/PnR-Facility—Program-Closings-and-Cancellations-8-5-20

Please check on your elder relatives and neighbors to be sure they are doing well during this outage.

The John Margenot Atrium, located within the Town of Greenwich Public Safety Complex at 11 Bruce Place, has been designated a cooling and charging station. Open 24 hours. Please wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing if you come to use the facility, The Police Department Citizen and Police Partnership Room has been designated as an overflow room.

The Greenwich Fire Dept reminds residents many wires are hidden under branches and other debris. All wires need to be treated as live. Keep away from any wire on the ground. Elecotuction can occur with a downed power line, or with the earth near a downed power line.

Carbon monoxide – If the concentration of carbon monoxide is above 35 ppm, it can be toxic. Early symptoms are Headache, Nausea, Dizziness, and Fatigue. Most causes during outages are from portable generators. Place generators outside 20’ from any structure. Shut windows that are on that side of the home. If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911.

Keep watch on any burning candles or other open flame sources used for lighting.  

Eversource outage map as of Thursday, Aug 6th at 7:45am.

Eversource said they continue to have intermittent and unusual technical issues preventing some customers from reporting their outage via the normal methods of phone, website and our mobile app.

The utility suggests that anyone who has been unable to report an outage, a good option is this page on their website. On that page, enter your phone number or your Eversource account number and click the “Go” button. You can also call us at (800) 286-2000.

Click here for Eversource’s Connecticut outage map. As of 7:45am on Aug 6, 31.87% (8,999 customers) of Greenwich remains without power. In Darien 41.96% are without power. In Stamford 11.17% are without power.

Contact 203-622-8004 to report trees and wires down and if roadways are blocked.

911 is for emergencies.

Please be safe. The town crews and utility contractors are throughout the Town cleaning up. The return to normalcy will take some time, and as a Town, we need to be prepared for the long haul.