Town keeps a close eye on more possible bad weather

As recovery from the impact of Hurricane Sandy continues, town officials are closely monitoring another potential storm that could well hit on Wednesday.

At the daily press briefing on storm cleanup on Sunday, no one was hitting any panic buttons but town Emergency Management Director Dan Warzoha said that the forecast was being closely followed. He stressed that it was too early to know for certain how powerful the storm was or that it could even impact Greenwich. But he did say there were indications that this would be a “classic nor’easter” as opposed to the kind of freak storm that Sandy turned into.

“It’s too early to make a call on the snow/rain lines,” Mr. Warzoha said. “There are some projections out there, though, and the biggest concern is winds possibly along the coast in the 40 mph range during an eight to 14 hour period and some tides in the two to four feet range. Some things that were damaged could be further damaged along the coast.”

Bill Quinlan, a senior vice president for Connecticut Light & Power, said on Sunday he does expect the substantial restoration of service to Greenwich by Tuesday night, which would be before this new storm could possibly hit. He said decisions would be made about resource allocation once the forecast was clearer.

Mr. Warzoha said that the possible storm was being monitored hourly and that more information would be released to residents once the potential impact was clearer.

Currently, with so many residents still left without power and temperatures dipping, the town continues to express concern about people, particularly the elderly, who do not have heat. The town continues to operate a 24-hour emergency shelter at Eastern Middle School and Greenwich Emergency Medical Services Director Charlee Tufts said that an extra ambulance shift is on duty to go out and check on the welfare of people and provide assistance if necessary. The ambulance is able to take people to the emergency shelter.

“This is a ready resource and we’re going to keep it on as long as necessary,” Ms. Tufts said. “My intention is to have this available until everyone has power.”

Ms. Tufts said people who want to have a resident checked on should call 203-622-8000.

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