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Greenwich Roads Reopen in Storm's Aftermath

GREENWICH, Conn. ­– Closed roads were being reopened Monday, but many Greenwich residents still had no power. And four homes damaged by falling trees during Tropical Storm Irene were being assessed by work crews.

“We have about a dozen crews out there working hand and glove with the power company to take care of power lines and alleviate traffic issues from road closures,” said Lt. Kraig Gray, spokesman for the Greenwich Police Department. “It’s going well, but it’s still going to be a long process.”

Police had a busy night Sunday with heavy call volume and power outage reports before Connecticut Light & Power swung into action at 6 a.m. Monday.

“It’s a great day to work, the weather is right and we’re getting a lot accomplished, but it’s still going to be awhile before power will be back on for everyone,” said Gray. “Other Connecticut communities were severely affected compared to Greenwich, and people are going to have to understand that some assets may need to be rearranged.”

Early Sunday morning, the Byram River crested and police went door-to-door to get the message out to residents from Pemberwick Road west along the Byram River.

Four main roadways were closed in Greenwich, including Lake Avenue, Riversville Road, North Street and Round Hill Road. Lake Avenue and North Street have been fully reopened, while Riversville Road and Round Hill Road were expected to be reopened by the end of the day Monday.

“Primarily, what they’ve been working on is opening roadways, determining those power lines that are down, making them safe, and working on restoration to make public areas safe,” said Gray. “We want to emphasize safety first, safety always. All Downed wires should be considered dangerous.”

Trees significantly damaged four homes in Greenwich during the storm, said Gray, but no one was injured.

The town’s Emergency Operation Center at Town Hall remained open and fully staffed Monday with representatives from all major departments and institutions. It will continue to operate through Tuesday. The Western Greenwich Civic Center also remained open as a shelter, but Gray said only about 10 people have used it.

Residents should call the police for emergencies only, not for inconvenience issues like power outages. “A lot of informational questions are being brought that makes it difficult to weed through and get the real emergency calls,” said Gray.

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