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Brennan: Wilton Doing All It Can To Restore Power

Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan, center, speaks during a news conference on the town's power recovery efforts on Friday. Flanking him are Police Chief Michael Lombardo, left, and Fire Chief Paul Milositz.
Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan, center, speaks during a news conference on the town's power recovery efforts on Friday. Flanking him are Police Chief Michael Lombardo, left, and Fire Chief Paul Milositz. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

WILTON, Conn. – First Selectman Bill Brennan asked Wilton residents to be patient as crews work to bring power back to a town that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

“We know this is very difficult, we know this is a time where it’s stressful and we know that it’s getting colder,” Brennan said during a Friday news conference. “All I can do is assure you that every resource is being applied to get our power back on.”

Restoration efforts are taking a long time because of the extent of the damage throughout town, including 117 roads that were completely blocked by downed trees and power lines, he said. Most of the roads have been cleared.

More than 1,000 areas in town had issues involving trees and power lines, Brennan said Connecticut Light & Power officials told him. Nine power crews, seven tree crews and seven service crews – who work on lines that get power to houses – are in Wilton, Brennan said.

Although he couldn’t guarantee when power would be back, Brennan said CL&P and town crews will be at work throughout the weekend. “We will be working the entire weekend. We will keep working until we have this thing back to normal,” he said.

Wilton Fire Chief Paul Milositz warned residents of cold weather this weekend, urging people without power to spend their evenings in homes of friends or neighbors who have power or to move to the town’s emergency shelter at Miller-Driscoll School. “Do not wait until you’re too cold to move,” Milositz said.

He also warned people using generators to keep them outside. The town has answered calls after carbon monoxide readers went off due to high levels of the gas inside from generators and gas grills.

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