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
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.
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:
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.