Greenwich Library, Town Hall to reopen on Wednesday, Halloween to be postponed

The town is starting to get back to normal after Hurricane Sandy, but Greenwich remains in a state of emergency as thousands of residents have been left without power.

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) said that 21,750, a reduction from earlier in the day, but still representing 77% of the town. Since CL&P is not able at this time to estimate when power will be restored, residents should plan for a multi-day outage.

In a press briefing, the town said if your house experienced tidal flooding or was damaged by a fallen tree and your gas and/or electrical service was shut off by the utility company, your house is required to be inspected by a town inspector to determine if your service can be restored. Once inspectors have determine that the house is safe for utilities to be restored, the town inspector will notify the utility company that it is approved for restoration. The inspection notice on your home will have contact information. If you are outside the flood zone and have an emergency inspection need, contact 203-622-7755.

The town still has its two emergency shelters open and, as of Tuesday evening, there are 28 people being sheltered at Western Greenwich Civic Center at 449 Pemberwick Road and 36 people sheltered at Eastern Middle School at 51 Hendrie Avenue. However, unless it is an emergency, the town is urging residents to stay indoors for at least another day.

“Please stay off the roads to permit our emergency personnel to do their jobs,” the town press release said. “Four CL&P dedicated line crews are working with town crews to open roads. Priorities include clearing North-South routes, as well as East-West routes. The town has two tree crews consisting of four people each, and has three outsourced tree crews consisting of three to four people each. Gov. Dannel Malloy has assigned National Guard units to assist in opening Town roads.”

Because of the unsafe conditions on the road, including downed trees and power lines, the town is asking residents to not let their children go out trick or treating on Wednesday for Halloween. The town said it will soon announce a new date to observe the holiday.

Town officials are reassuring residents that a representative from Aquarion has verified there is no issue with Greenwich drinking water. However, private wells that have been flooded should be considered contaminated, and water must be disinfected with a chlorine solution or boiled for at least ten minutes prior to consumption. Water should be pumped or allowed to recede around the well before the well is disinfected.

Town Hall is scheduled to reopen fully on Wednesday while schools will remain closed for at least one more day. Conditions on the road make it possible that classes could be cancelled for the rest of the week. A decision on that is expected on Wednesday. Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility will be closed to residents on Wednesday but open to commercial haulers starting at 9 a.m. Those haulers must enter through the Muskrat Pond Road entrance since the main entrance is blocked by trees and wires.

Greenwich Library, which has been a heavily used area for phone recharging, will reopen on Wednesday. The main branch will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cos Cob and Byram will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be extra power cords there for phones and iPads to be charged.

Due to the heavy flooding in the area Greenwich Point will be closed until further notice. A date for the reopening will be announced once a damage assessment is complete.

The Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility is closed to residents on Wednesday. It will be open at 9:00 a.m. to commercial haulers, who must enter via Muskrat Pond Road, as the main entrance is blocked by trees and wires. We appreciate your cooperation and patience while we are working hard to return the facility to normal operations as soon as possible.

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