First Selectman Gordon Joseloff just sent this Code Red message to Westporters:
We have suffered a severe blow in Westport, but fortunately there was no loss of life or serious injuries. We are assessing the damage and rushing help to those who most need it.
Here briefly is what you need to know: there will be no access to shoreline areas except for residents. There is still flooding in many areas and keep in mind there is a mid-day high tide.
There is no school on Wednesday and a decision on the rest of the week will be made later today.
As you know from news reports, 85 percent of Westport is without power. We have no estimate on restoration. Count on a week or more.
Overnight and today national guard units and state fire task forces have moved into Westport to give us a hand in our recovery. That should help speed up what we have to do.
Finally, the transfer station and yard waste facility are open but residents are responsible for removing debris on their property. We will endeavor to remove debris on the town right of way as soon as possible.
Our priority is your safety. Together we will get through this and restore normalcy as soon as possible. Keep up to date via the town website, local and social media, and WWPT 90.3 FM.