The good news: The Bridge Street and Kings Highway bridges have been reopened.
The less good news: This update from 1st selectman Jim Marpe:
Westport has been significantly affected by yesterday’s snowstorm. Currently, about 1/3 of the town is without power. While restoration efforts by Eversource started at 6am this morning, there are dozens of outages and their crews are spread across Fairfield County dealing with widespread damage. At this time we don’t have any estimates on when full power restoration will occur, but given the severity of the damage, you should be prepared for several days without power. If you are without power, please be sure you’ve notified Eversource by calling 1-800-286-5000 or 1-800-286-2000. This is the fastest way to get on the repair list.
There are 3 warming and device charging centers open for residents without power: the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Imperial Avenue, Westport Town Hall, and the YMCA on Alan Raymond Lane are open to all residents who need a place to warm up or charge their devices.
I mentioned the widespread damage to the town’s power gird – it is critical that you keep well clear of any low-hanging wires or wires down in yards, streets and driveways. You and your family must be particularly vigilant as snow may have covered the downed wires. Look up, look down, look all around to ensure your safety. And please, do not drive over wires, do not drive under low hanging wires or trees, and do not move barricades or barrier tape and enter an unsafe area.
Also, this snow is very, very heavy. It is very challenging to shovel, and will strain even the fittest back and strongest heart. If you must shovel, work slowly, take small shovel-fulls and take breaks. The sun and warm temperatures today will help – let Mother Nature do the work.
For the latest information, Staples radio station WWPT, 90.3 FM will keep you informed.
It seems, however, that WWPT has been knocked off the air.
Big kudos, as Jim Marpe noted to the Westport Weston Family Y. They opened at the crack of dawn today. They’ve got showers, charging stations, and their usual wonderful services.
Of course, they’re not the only heroes. If you’ve got someone — a neighbor, the plow or tree guy, or a store or institution that rocked for you — click “Comments” below. Let the kudos start flying.
Finally, here’s a great line from alert “06880” reader Elisabeth Keane: “This snowfall should be measured in pounds, not inches.”