Sandy’s Aftermath and Recovery

October 30, 2012

The State of Connecticut has sustained severe coastal flooding and damaging winds as a result of Hurricane Sandy which made landfall yesterday.

State officials are assessing the extent of the damage and are mobilizing support. Sadly, four people have died in incidents related to the storm.

– The driving ban on highways has been lifted.

– Bradley International Airport is open.

– Metro-North, Shore Line East and Amtrak intercity train services remain suspended.

– all CTTransit systems are running except for New Haven and Stamford, Bridgeport and Milford.

Power outages
are spread throughout the state totalling 640,759.
CL&P continues to clear electrical hazards from roadways so they can begin to restore areas. 5,000 people are responding including line workers and service workers – electricians.

To report an outage please call :

CL&P – 1-800-286-2000
United Illuminating – 1-800-722-5584


Red Cross Day Shelter in Ridgefield – 195 Danbury Road, Ridgefield Parks and Recreation Center

Lapham Community Center, New Canaan

New Canaan Y is offering hot showers

New Canaan library is open until 10pm for phone charging and internet

Bethel Municipal, Center 1 School Street

There is a wind advisory until 7 pm Tuesday evening.

There will be steady cooling for the next 4 days with highs in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s by Friday night.

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Connecticut Insurance Department Storm Sandy Web link:

Water Quality Issues:
The state Department of Public Health is warning residents that drinking water sources could be contaminated by flood waters. Flooding could lead to sewage backing up in homes. Well water should be boiled before use.

New Canaan:
No school Wednesday
Trick or treating postponed

Schools are closed until November 5th
Halloween is postponed until further notice

Ridgefield schools and all school activities have been cancelled through Friday.
According to Connecticut Light & Power, 80 percent of the town is still without power.


Dr. Gary Richards, superintendent of schools, sent out a phone call Tuesday saying schools would remain closed Wednesday and Thursday, and he and his administration will assess the situation as to whether to open on Friday.

Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads as many are closed because of downed trees and wires.

"Town officials are requesting citizens to stay at home and remain off the roads to allow utility company crews to make safe downed trees and power lines and for Wilton Public Works and state crews to clear blocked roads," First Selectman William Brennan said in a CodeRed message to the town.
The library is open for charging.
The town roads are extremely dangerous to travel. There are downed lines and trees. 
A comfort station will eventually be opened but right not limited access is making that difficult.