4,500 Lose Power in Greenwich

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Update, 5 p.m., Friday: Some 4,597 Greenwich are still without power after this week heat and thunderstorms, Connecticut Light & Power says. Continue reading for more information. 

Update, 3:50 p.m., Friday: The number of outages has incresed to 3,940 Friday afternoon, Connecticut Light & Power says.

Update, 12:30 p.m., Friday: As of noon on Friday there were still 3,625 Connecticut Light & Power customers in Greenwich still without power, a situation that may last a couple days. CL&P said that they are estimating a multi-day outage.

“We are still assessing the areas affected by the electrical circuit outage,” said Frank Poirot of CL&P. Four of the ten circuits that serve customers in Greenwich are down.

“A lot of our residential customers are helping by voluntarily conserving power. Many of our commercial customers have switched to stand-by,” Poirot said. “Town officials are vigorously working with us to help restore power to the affected areas.”

CL&P does not have an estimate at this time when they might be able to completely restore power to the town.

Update, 10:45 a.m., Friday: Power is now out to more than 3,600 customers in Greenwich, Connecticut Light & Power says. The utility company is warning some Connecticut customers to prepare for a "multi-day outage" as crews work to restore power. 

Update 6:30 a.m., Friday: Power remained out to more than 2,000 customers in Greenwich as of 6:30 Friday morning. That was 7 percent of the town. 

Original story: About 2,400 Connecticut Light & Power customers in Greenwich were without power as of 4 p.m. Thursday because of equipment failure and high energy demand from the past few hot days. The company gave no estimated time for power to be back up and running. And as of 1 a.m. Friday, 2,450 customers, or 8 percent of the town, were still without power.

The outages were predominantly located along the Merritt Parkway corridor. On Wednesday, a major circuit failed along East Putnam and Fairfield Roads. CL&P repaired the line and re-energized it. However, the circuit failed again, this time damaging other circuits. Also, electricity has been in high demand to run air-conditioning systems around Greenwich in the last two days because of record-breaking heat. 

The town of Greenwich and the Greenwich Chapter of the American Red Cross have activated an emergency cooling and reception center at the Western Greenwich Civic Center where residents without power can use water and charge cell phones. The center will be open until further notice.

Other cooling locations in Greenwich include the main Greenwich Library, which will be open Thursday until 9 p.m. along with the Byram Shubert Library, which will be open through 8 p.m. CL&P has also opened a cooling station on the eastern side of town at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. 

Questions can be directed to CL&P at 800-286-2000; Dustin Anderson, executive assistant to the first selectman, at 203-622-7712; or Dan Warzoha, emergency management coordinator, at 203-622-2222.

Are you taking advantage of the town cooling centers? Are any neighbors or friends stuck without power?

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