Hurricane Sandy Recovery

October 31, 2012

We continue to stay in touch with CL&P for updates on restoration efforts. Power restoration is a three step process:
Step 1: The power company must ensure that electricity has been cutoff to downed power lines in the interest of safety. Unfortunately, this often requires depriving surrounding streets of electricity.
Step 2: Tree clearing, involving both state and local roads
Step 3: After debris has been cleared away, repairs can take place and service will be restored.
Bethel Social Services: (203) 794-8536
New Canaan Human Services: 203-594-3076
Ridgefield Social Services: 203 431-2777
Redding Social Services: 203-938-3580
Westport Human Services 203-341-1050
Weston Social Services: 203-222-2663
Wilton Social Services: 203-834-6238
Town Updates


  • The town shelter is open at the Bethel Municipal Center (1 School Street)
  • The Bethel Public Library (189 Greenwood Ave) has reopened.
  • Trick or treat is still on for Halloween. The first selectman has asked parents and trick or treaters to exercise caution and avoid dark areas.

New Canaan

  • Currently there are 7 Cl&P crews in New Canaan working to clear roads
  • Shelter is available at the Lapham Community Center, (677 South Avenue).
  • Shower facilities are available at the New Canaan Y, (564 South Avenue)
  • The New Canaan Library (151 Main Street) is open for cell phone charging and internet use.
  • Halloween has been postponed and will be rescheduled
  • We expect ambient residential temperatures to drop into the low 50’s as evenings get colder. In anticipation of a greater need for shelter, we are in the process of establishing the YMCA as an overnight shelter.
  • If you need shelter, please call the EOC at (203) 594-4100 so that we can plan accordingly.
  • Fire and EMS have been responding to calls involving carbon monoxide poisonings where residents are being exposed to toxic levels.
  • Generators must be kept outside and as far away from the residence as possible and windows must be kept closed.
  • You also need interior carbon monoxide detectors. A limited supply of detectors is available at the Fire Department.


  • The Redding Community Center (37 Lonetown Road) is open 9am-9pm for electronic charging and wi-fi and 9am-5pm for water, meals ready to eat, electronic charging and wi-fi.
  • General shelters are available for Redding residents at Ridgefield Community Center (194 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield) and the Bethel Municipal Center (1 School St., Bethel)
  • Danbury Hospital will also be providing "sheltering for the medically vulnerable" but no
  • Transportation is available for those individuals with functional needs.
  • Joel Barlow High School (100 Black Rock Turnpike) is open for showers 8am-8pm. Please be advised to take extreme caution with road conditions to this facility.


  • Shelter is available at Parks and Recreation Dept., (195 Danbury Road)
  • Potable water filling stations are set up at the Ridgefield Playhouse, Parks and Recreation, and Fire Station 2 on Old Stagecoach Road
  • Halloween has been postponed and will be rescheduled
  • School has been cancelled for the rest of the week


  • A shelter has been opened at Long Lots School (13 Hyde Lane).
  • The Westport Senior Center (21 Imperial Avenue) will be open Thursday from noon – 4:30pm and will be providing lunches.
  • The Westport Public Library (20 Jesup Road) is now open
  • The Westport Town Hall (110 Myrtle Avenue) is now open
  • Potable water is available at Westport Fire Stations, 515 Post Road East, 555 Riverside Ave, 66 Center Street, and 61 Easton Road


  • A Comfort Station will be open at Weston High School (115 School Road) today through Friday 6am-10pm. Weekend hours will be 8am to 4 pm. Private showers, potable water, internet and charging stations are available.
  • Town Hall (56 Norfield Road) will be open at noon today, and will operate a regular schedule after that. The Library (56 Norfield Road) will be open today until 8 pm and tomorrow 9-5.
  • Weston public schools will remain closed all week.
  • Door to door trick or treating has been cancelled, instead Weston will hold a "Trunk or Treat" at Weston Intermediate School (95 School Road) from 4pm-6pm


  • Miller Driscoll School (217 Wolfpit Road) is available as a shelter. Wilton residents can also find assistance at the following locations:
  • The Wilton Library (137 Old Ridgefield Road)
  • The Wilton Family Y (404 Danbury Road)
  • The Comstock Community Center (180 School Road)
  • Trackside Community Center (15 Station Road)
  • St. Matthew’s Church (WEPCO Complex) (48 New Canaan Road)
  • The Georgetown Cultural Center (49 New Street)
  • Halloween celebrations will be postponed until November 9th
  • Route 7 in the vicinity of Arrowhead Road will be closed around noon today for removal of a big tree.