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Ridgefield To Have More Than 100 Line Crews By Monday

Power line crews work on wires ripped down during winds associated with Hurricane Sandy.
Power line crews work on wires ripped down during winds associated with Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Ridgefield residents are being told not to expect power until at least Tuesday, even with an expected 100 more line and tree crews coming into the town.

According to First Selectman Rudy Marconi, the district being cleared by line crews, which includes Ridgefield and seven surrounding towns, should have nearly 100 percent power restoration by Tuesday evening. But, because of the extensive damage to Ridgefield’s roads and power system, Marconi said it could be at least Wednesday for his town to get close to full power.

“As much as I don’t want to say it, I think people need to be told the reality of the situation,” Marconi said Saturday afternoon.

By 4 p.m. Saturday, Marconi said there were 38 line crews and 32 tree crews in Ridgefield working to restore power, and 45 to 50 roads still blocked by trees and wires.

“Progress continues to be made, but obviously 45 to 50 is a lot of roads, and it is slow,” Marconi said, adding that the size of the trees that came down during Hurricane Sandy are upwards of 40 inches in diameter, which dramatically slows down the clearing process.

With the addition of the 100 crews coming in over the next several days, Marconi said residents should be aware that it will cause traffic concerns as the town will have to close of sections of road to clear wires or trees and restore power.

Marconi said anyone who must access a coned-off area during the tree and wire work should stop and honk their horn and wait for assistance.

Residents who want to donate food to the crews that are in town are asked to bring it to the Emergency Operations Center at Yanity Gym and it will be distributed from there.

“I know people's patience is growing thin,” Marconi said. “But we’re finally getting some crews into town.”

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