News Flash

First Selectman

Posted on: September 3, 2021

Sept. 3: Community Connections from Fred

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Route 1 is one of many flooded and blocked roads that caused school and other closures throughout Greenwich on September 2, 2021. 


Greetings Greenwich friends and neighbors.

This week saw the start of school and a historic rain event in Greenwich. I would like to take this moment to salute the efforts of our Department of Public Works, Parks & Recreation Department, Greenwich Fire Department, Greenwich Police Department, Greenwich Emergency Medical Services, Fleet Department, Transportation Association of Greenwich, and all volunteer units for answering the call through the night and all day on Thursday. The crews continue their efforts as of this writing. We are grateful for their service and dedication to our community and to public safety.

The remnants of Hurricane Ida passing through our area on Wednesday night left about eight inches of rain within a nine-hour period of time resulting in flooding in many neighborhoods, in addition to many downed trees and power lines. Public safety and utility crews continue to assess the damage and prioritize repair efforts. We had no reports of significant injuries, despite evacuations of cars and homes caught in floodwaters and the evacuation of one assisted care facility in town. A large dock in the Byram River broke loose during the storm resulting in significant damage to boats. Assistance to those in need is being provided by Town of Greenwich workers and private community agencies. Just over 500 homes in Greenwich are currently without power. Eversource crews are in the area attempting to restore power. Read more in yesterday's Newsflash from Police Captain Mark Zuccerella:

 

American Red Cross & FEMA Assistance

As we head into the holiday weekend, the American Red Cross in Metro NY North is available to support families affected by Hurricane Ida.

Today, we delivered 24 Flood Kits to Town residents, and Red Cross teams will continue to distribute flood kits this weekend.

If you need assistance, please contact 877-RedCross.

FEMA offers Public Assistance (PA) funds for individuals, homeowners, renters, business owners in declared disaster areas. Find out more in this Newsflash from the Greenwich Conservation Commission.

 

Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility Hours Extended

Due to the damage caused by the storm, we will be extending the Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility hours today and tomorrow by one hour to accommodate those who need extra time to dispose of materials. Since there will be fewer employees working during the extended operating hour, we kindly ask residents to be patient with our staff.

Updated Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility Operating Hours:

Friday (9/3/21) -- 7am to 3:30 pm

Saturday (9/4/21) 7am to 1 pm

 

COVID Update

Greenwich Hospital started the day today treating 9 COVID-positive patients, 2 of whom are in the intensive care unit and none are vaccinated. System-wide, they are treating 125 patients.

For COVID Vaccine and testing information, please visit: www.greenwichct.gov/COVID19

 

Byram Pool Closes

The Byram Pool facility will close for the season on Monday, September 6th at 7:00 pm. Visit the Parks & Recreation facilities website for more information about this and other Town facilites.

 

20th-anniversary Ceremonies of Sept. 11

Our website has a list of some of the ceremonies being held in Greenwich in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks which claimed 33 victims with ties to Greenwich. Contact the First Selectman's office if you have any questions or would like to add an event.

 

Davis Avenue Bridge Officially Opens

This past Tuesday (8/31) the Davis Avenue Bridge officially reopened on schedule right before the new school year for Greenwich Public Schools! It is anticipated that there will be another closure for a few brief days this September in order to install the waterproof membrane, a necessary element of all new bridges. Town of Greenwich Department of Public Works will announce these road closure dates in the near future. The Davis Avenue Bridge is projected to be completely finished by Spring of 2022. Project completion is dependent on weather and any unforeseen complications. To learn more about this project, please click HERE.

 

The Wearing of the Green-wich Thank-You Parade

Save the date! Celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Greenwich Police Department and honor Greenwich Hospital staff, first-responders, and essential Town workers who helped us through the pandemic. The Parade starts on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 1 pm at Town Hall.  More information on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/4MOq0ZzV9 

 

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Stay safe and please remember the four W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance and wipe down surfaces.

 

All the best,

Fred

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