Update 6 p.m. Wednesday
As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, 87.8% of New Canaan homes are without power, Eversource said—nearly 8,500 customers.
First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said in a town-wide outcall Wednesday evening, “Due to a transformer failure on Main Street this afternoon, some restaurants are closed on Elm and Main, but several restaurants remain open downtown.”
Power restoration in New Canaan in the aftermath of a tropical storm had not started as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the town’s highest elected official said, and it could be several days before all local homes get it back.
Residents can use Town Hall or New Canaan Library for free Internet access and phone-charging, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said in a town-wide outcall Wednesday morning.
“Due to downed trees and power lines many roads in New Canaan remain closed,” he said. “Avoid walking or driving near downed wires near your home or on town roads and please do not cross barriers.”
As of 10 a.m., about 84% of New Canaan homes remained without power in the wake of a storm that took down dozens of trees, tree limbs and power lines throughout town. Many roads and portions off roads remain closed. (New Canaan’s fire marshal issued these safety tips for stand-by generator use.)
Downtown New Canaan has power, and businesses including Walter Stewart’s Market and Acme are re-opened, Moynihan said in the outcall.
Shortly after a storm with gusts exceeding 70 mph swept through the region, at about Eversource posted a bulletin saying it’s system for fielding outage reports had failed. The utility company said Wednesday morning that customers could call 800-286-2000 to report an outage, text ‘OUT’ to 23129, or report it at http://Eversource.com.
Moynihan said residents should call 9-1-1 with emergencies and could reach the New Canaan Emergency Operations Center at 203-594-4100 for other assistance.