Update 9:30 p.m. Sunday
As of 9:30 p.m. Sunday, 30.8% of New Canaan homes remained without power, according to Eversource. The figure compares to 3.6% of Darien, 8.8% of Greenwich, 10% of Norwalk, 4.1% of Stamford, 30.1% of Westport and 37.3% of Wilton.
Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom said in a statement, “We know how frustrated our customers who still don’t have power are, and we have thousands of utility workers repairing the extensive damage across the state today who are relentless in their determination to restore power for all customers. We hear our customers and community leaders, and we will not rest until this massive restoration effort is complete.”
New Canaan Library said in a Tweet Sunday, “We will be open to the public in limited capacity on Monday and Tuesday for charging, WiFi, and air conditioning.”
Update 11:30 p.m. Saturday
New Canaan will have its power back by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Eversource said—more than one week after more than three-quarters of houses here lost it. Towns such as Westport and Wilton have the same estimate, while Darien is to be restored by 6 p.m. Monday, the utility company said in an update on its website. As of 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 38.5% of New Canaan homes still had no power.
About 56% of New Canaan customers remained without power at 5:45 a.m. Saturday, four days after high winds from a tropical storm took down trees and limbs throughout town, officials said.
Eversource, the utility company, said on its website that it expects to have town-by-town restoration estimates Saturday.
“We continue to work urgently to restore power to our customers,” the company said on the website. “We estimate we will make significant progress by the end of the weekend, and have restoration substantially complete by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.”
The storm hit on the afternoon of Aug. 4, bringing gusts upward of 70 mph and, at its peak, knocking out power to about 90% of New Canaan homes.
Eversource officials have called the damage in some towns worse than Superstorm Sandy. New Canaan’s highest elected official has criticized the company’s response.
Town residents, meanwhile, lost not only their power but, for the first few days after the storm, their phone and Internet access. Hundreds have been coming downtown daily, setting up on folding chairs to use the WiFi outside Town Hall or New Canaan Library.
As of Friday evening, about 30 New Canaan roads remained blocked, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said in a town-wide outcall.
“Residents using Optimum phone and [I]nternet service remain without service in many parts of town due to lack of power, and AT&T mobile service at the Country Club tower is expected to be restored by early evening,” he said.