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5:55 — Nearly three quarters of Ridgefield had power restored by Sunday afternoon, with nearly 100 crews working in town. CL&P was reporting at 5:15 that 26% of the town remained without power. The utility said 2,876 customers in town were without power, meaning 7,801 Ridgefield meters had power again. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said the number of line crews working in town had gone from 32 Saturday to 62 Sunday, along with 32 trees crews for a total of 94 crews — nearly the 100 promised yesterday. There’s still a lot’s to do, with some 609 poles in need of replacing in the four-town area of Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton and New Canaan, he said. Mr. Marconi said he is hopeful restoration of electricity in town will be “substantially complete” by 11 Monday night, although the official prediction for CL&P is 11 Tuesday night.
5:50 — Commuters should allow extra time and show patience Monday morning, as there will be many work crews out on the roads. “You may have to take an alternate route, so leave yourself a little extra time,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said
5:35 — There’s no school Monday, and a determination about school Tuesday has yet to be made, although all roads in town are believed open and school personnel have started driving the roads to get a sense of their condition, First Selectmen Rudy Marconi said Sunday afternoon.
5:05 — Let the town and CL&P know about problems. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Sunday that people should inform the town if their roads is still closed by trees, or if they see wires down in roads. The town numbers are 203-431-2348, 431-2350 and 431-2351. “We want to know,” he said. People should also call both the town numbers and CL&P at 1-800-286-2000 if they need a service connection between their house and their street. CL&P has electricians who are doing this, but people will have to hire their own electricians if there’s broken equipment that is actually on their house. And while it is a normal part of restoration work for the power to come on, and then go back off as another nearby area is hooked up, if people get power restored and then lose it again for more than half an hour or so, they should call the CL&P number above, as that may mean there’s a problem with some of the newly installed switches, fuses or transformers on the street.
4:55 — Ridgefield’s canceled Halloween will likely be celebrated next weekend sometime, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Sunday. Specifics will be announced during the week, after consultations between the first selectman and the police and fire chiefs. “I want to really think about it, talk to Chief Roche, talk to Chief Burford,” Mr. Marconi said.
4:35 — Plans are for the transfer station to continue longer hours all next week, 7:30 to 5 through Saturday, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. Spoiled food will continue to be accepted free from residents and restaurants, and brush drop-off will be free for residents only, he said. Next Sunday the transfer station will be closed, and Saturday will be the last day of free drop-off of free use. “That’ll be the cut-off for free bush and food,” Mr. Marconi said. Andrew Furtak, the town worker at the brush pile, said late Sunday afternoon that hundreds of residents had been by. “All day,” he said “Nothing but steady.”
4:25 — The rec center parking lot full of cars midday Sunday, but by late afternoon the number of people who’d been through the center was a little over 300 — much less than the 2,000 or so who visited Saturday, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. James Rafferty at the desk said 31 people had stayed at the rec center as an overnight shelter Saturday night. National Charity League volunteer Kristen Healy said Sunday morning the overnight accommodations appeared to have been well organized. “There were elderly in one room. A family with a two-month-old baby, they were in a different room. And there was a main room,” she said. The shelter will be open again tonight.
4:15 — All roads in town are believed to be open and passable, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Sunday afternoon. If a road is blocked, residents should call the town at 203-431-2348, 431-2350 or 431-2351 and let them know. “At this point we should have completed all our road clearing work,” Mr. Marconi said.
3:15 — A total of 73% of the town is online, with 7,777 CL&P customers restored and 2,900 not. Crews continue working all over town, restoring both electrical and phone/internet lines.
1:25 — Remarkably normal-seeming Sunday on Danbury Road — Stop & Shop busy, cars driving up and down the road, waiting at lights, getting gas. Heads under hairdryers at Adam Broderick.
12:10 — Gas was pumping late Sunday morning and early afternoon at five of the six gas stations in the Route 35 corridor — Pamby’s, Copps Hill Shell, BP, Limestone Irving, and Valero out by the Route 7 and Route 35 intersection all had cars getting gas. Only Mobil, across from Grove Street, had cones in front of the pumps and no cars.
noon — Schools will be closed Monday.
7 a.m. — A reminder that we are now on Eastern Standard Time. Daylight-Saving Time ended early this morning (clocks back one hour).
6:30 a.m. — We have been told that at least these churches will have services this morning: St. Stephen’s Episcopal, St. Andrew’s Lutheran, Jesse Lee Methodist, and Ridgefield Baptist. Jesse Lee said yesterday it has no electricity — or heat — so dress warmly. St. Stephen’s and St. Andrew’s said they do have heat.
6 a.m. — Good morning. Nearly two-thirds of the town has gotten its electricity back. CL&P reports 6,918 (65%) customers have been restored, and 3,759 (35%) await service. A total of 1,574 customers went online Saturday. Statewide, only 4% of CL&P’s customers remain offline, which may explain why a huge number of crews are being directed into Ridgefield, starting today. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said yesterday afternoon more than 100 “additional” crews are expected today and next week; more than 30 were here Saturday. There are towns worse off this morning: New Canaan (50%), Wilton (45%), and Weston (54%). Even Greenwich has nearly 9,000 customers offline (32%). Restorations Saturday were scattered all over town — except the southwest region (West Lane, Silver Spring Road, South Salem Road), the Ridgefield Lakes, and the Peaceables neighborhoods, which remain largely unrestored. The temperature at 6 o’clock was 34 degrees, with a forecast of sunny skies and a high of 50 today.