The Town of Greenwich is fully mobilized in creating a safe condition and providing for the public service needs to the Greenwich community during the continued response to Tropical Storm Isaias. The danger to down power lines still exists. Do not touch or go near any down power line.
The tree damage sustained in Greenwich is extensive. The scale of the damage suffered to the public utilities is widespread, complex, and requires a highly coordinated and technical response.
Our town departments are working side by side with the utility crews provided by Eversource. The Town has no control over the number of assets or the duration of the assets supplied by public utility workers. The Towns Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is in constant contact with Eversource and the other public utilities.
The Town of Greenwich will continue to operate with all its departments and divisions in full force as we work toward recovery together.
Tropical Storm Isaias Response Information
Blocked Roads- 134 roads blocked after the storm. 79 roadways re-opened as of 6:00 pm 8-6-2020
- Major Roadway Closures- Lake Avenue at North Maple Av is closed.
Reported Incidents- There were a total of 433 incidents reported during the storm. These incidents included roadways blocked, wires down, and low wires. 233 have been resolved. Most of the roads are open and passable, however, there may still be no power, and there may still be low wires on the roadway shoulders.
Total Incidents from the storm that are still active in some manner is 200.
Greenwich Fire Department
Non-Potable Water- Water will be made available to residents who need non-potable water to flush toilets. The water is available at the listed fire stations and is self-service. Residents will need to bring your own containers.
- Round Hill Fire House at 166 Old Mill Road, Greenwich – Hose is located on the parking lot side of the building.
- Banksville Fire House at 33 Bedford- Banksville Road, Banksville- Hose is located in the rear by the back door.
- North Street Fire House at 669 north street, Greenwich- Hose in front of the building.
- Glenville Fire House at 266 Glenville Road, Greenwich- Hose is located on the front ramp.
- Cos Cob Fire House at 200 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich- Hose is located to the rear.
Generators- Improperly installed electrical generators can create a hazard. A licensed electrician should perform all work on your home’s electrical system. Generator back-feeding can result in death or injury to yourself or utility work. Back-feeding is the tying of a portable generator directly to your home’s electrical panel/ outlet instead of using a transfer switch.
Fire Alarms- If your home or business has a hard-wired fire alarm, the battery backup needs to be checked. A prolonged power outage can drain the battery.
Town of Greenwich Department of Health
Power outages can pose health hazards. During power outages:
- Unplug your appliances
- Generators should be used with caution. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and NEVER operate a generator indoors. DO NOT supply generator power to your home’s mainline as you may injure a utility employee. Be aware of the cords used with the generator and the location of pooled water at all times.
- Conserve fuel and water. A few large containers can be filled with warm water for an emergency supply.
- Observe health precautions when issued.
- Do not use charcoal grills indoors or gas stoves as a source of heat. Either one can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Fireplaces may be used as long as they are properly vented.
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed. With the door closed, fully stacked freezers will keep for two days, while half-full freezers will keep food for one day. Dry ice can be used safely in freezers; however, gloves must be worn in handling and proceed as recommended.
- All thawed food may be cooked if maintained below 45o; otherwise, it should be discarded. It is not recommended to refreeze any food once it has thawed.
- Refrigerated food, especially perishable items such as eggs, milk, fish, meat, and poultry, should be maintained at 45 degrees or below. Foods should be cooked or discarded after three hours of not being maintained at proper temperatures. All stuffed meats and poultry should be discarded. Any doubt concerning food items, discard or contact the Division of Environmental Health at 203-987-1001, to discuss certain situations.
Greenwich Police Department
The Police Department continues to deploy extra officers to the shifts to help in the recovery response. The standard operating level of officers has remained the same and will answer all calls for service without an issue. The added officers are assigned to the utility and public works crews to provide a safe work zone to open the road and restore power.
Parks and Recreation Department
The Parks and Recreation Department has prepared an informational flyer regarding park access and cancellation. To access the flyer, visit https://www.greenwichct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16896/PnR-Facility---Program-Closings-and-Cancellations-8-5-20
Other Useful Information
Continue to check on your elder relatives and neighbors to be sure they are doing well during this outage.
The John Margenot Atrium, located within the Town of Greenwich Public Safety Complex at 11 Bruce Place, has been designated a cooling and charging station. Open 24 hours. Please wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing if you come to use the facility. The Police Department Citizen and Police Partnership Room has been designated as an overflow room.
The Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, located at 90 Harding Rd, Old Greenwich, has been designated a charging station. The Civic Center is open during regular business hours (9:00 am to 7:00 pm, closed Sundays). Please wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing if you come to use the facility,
Contact Eversource.com, https://www.verizon.com, or https://www.optimum.net/ for outages and outage information.
Contact 203-622-8004 to report trees and wires down and if roadways are blocked.
911 is for emergencies.
Please be safe. The town crews and utility contractors are throughout the Town cleaning up. The return to normalcy will take some time, and as a Town, and we continue to ask for your patience, and prepare for the long haul.
The next update will be on August 7th at 11:00 am.