Massive power outage hits Greenwich, state of emergency declared

UPDATED 3 P.M. — Heavy rains and wind knocked thousands of residents without power Sunday night, but the heaviest impact was felt Monday morning as virtually the entire town of Greenwich was left without power leading First Selectman Peter Tesei to declare a state of emergency. However repairs are ongoing and many residents have had their power restored, with everyone hoped to be back in service by 8 p.m.

According to the town, a major transmission line for Greenwich and Stamford that delivers electricity to the town was damaged in Sunday night’s storm and it failed completely at approximately 10 a.m. Monday morning. Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) said that at the peak of the outage 27,603 customers were without power Monday morning, representing approximately 98% of the entire town. By 2:15 p.m, that number had been reduced to 24,594 customers, representing 88% of the town and by 3 p.m., that number had been significantly cut down to 9,347 customers, representing 33% of the town.

Because of the power outage Mr. Tesei declared the state of emergency and opened the town’s Emergency Operations Center. Gov. Dannel Malloy was in contact with Mr. Tesei and pledged his “full support” while saying state agencies are ready to help Greenwich if needed. Robert Kenny, the regional emergency management coordinator, is currently at at the Emergency Operations Center to offer his assistance. Town Hall will be closed for the rest of the day on Monday and cooling centers are now open in town for residents in need of help. Regular business is expected to be able to be resumed Tuesday morning.


CL&P released a statement Monday morning and put out a call to residents with phone service explaining what happened. The utility said that during Sunday’s storm. a tree was downed, which caused the initial damage to the line. This line is in close proximity to railroad tracks used by Metro North, which has contributed to lengthy delays Monday. CL&P spokesman Frank Poirot told the Post that power has been restored to two substations in town, leading to some residents getting their power restored. He said that the repairs remain on schedule to the 8 p.m. target time.

“This is a slow process but we do have crews in place,” Mr. Poirot said.

To be able to conduct the work the tree that caused the damage had to be removed. The tree, which was described as being 85-feet tall, had been on private property and had been considered completely healthy before the storm. Mr. Poirot said the tree fell from a property on Summit Road and said the homeowner had been “very cooperative and helpful” with CL&P’s repair efforts.

Metro North trains are now back on schedule. The repairs and debris, which was close to the tracks, had forced Metro North to only use diesel trains and had caused major delays. Now, starting with the 2:34 train from Grand Central Station and the 2:30 from Stamford, things are back on schedule though Metro North is warning there could be residual delays.

Any residents driving are asked to use extra caution because the power outage has affected traffic control signals. Residents using the town’s sewar system are also being asked to conserve water “to the greatest extent possible” to avoid strain on the town’s sewer pump stations and treatment plant, which are operating under the power of generators right now.

In the event of an emergency, people should contact police by dialing 911. If there are any delays in the anticipated restoration of power, the town will send out more information. For people in a non-emergency condition, people can dial 203-622-8003. If you are elderly or have disability or mobility issues, you can contact Transportation Association of Greenwich at 203-637-4345 for transportation to a cooling or reception center.

Cooling centers opened at noon in town. According to the police department, these centers are at the community room of the Public Safety Complex at 11 Bruce Place, and the Bendeim Western Greenwich Civic Center in Glenville at 449 Pemberwick Road.

These designated cooling spots will have air conditioning and connections for charging personal electronic devices. There will be no available food or water at this time. Greenwich Library, which has served as a source for charging and Internet use during past major outages, will be closed on Monday.

The Public Safety Complex can be reached at 203-622-3315.

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