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Schools May Be Closed All Week in Wilton

WILTON, Conn. – Children in Wilton may not see the inside of their schools all week if electricity is not restored soon.

A weeklong cancellation is a possibility, Superintendent Gary Richards said Tuesday after classes were canceled for Wednesday. “I’ve been trying to do day-to-day, in hopes that we would see a quantum surge. But I think the reality is that the CL&P will have to triage its crews.”

In a “robo-call” Tuesday morning, First Selectman Bill Brennan said restoring power to Cider Mill Elementary School and Middlebrook Middle School is a priority for Connecticut Light & Power in the aftermath of a surprise snowstorm.

According to a statement from the Wilton Fire Department on Tuesday night, Cider Mill and Middlebrook schools and their adjacent neighborhoods expected to have power restored by late Tuesday.

However, “once they get power, you don’t just open the door,” said Ken Post, the school’s chief financial officer. After being without power for at least five days, the schools would need to be checked to be sure everything was in working order, Post said.

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system have to be restarted. The boilers need to be turned on to bring the school back to an appropriate temperature and air needs to be circulating properly indoors.

“A lot has to happen after the power gets back,” Post said.

Even then, Richards says half of the town might still be without power. “Do you say kids are better off in school? Rather than being in homes, half of which don’t have power? That’s something we’ve got to decide.”

And from there, Richards also has to look at the list of roads to determine whether the bus routes are affected. “And there are a lot of smaller roads that probably are still problematic."

Miller-Driscoll School in Wilton is being used as an overnight shelter for residents of Wilton as well as Westport and Weston. A total of 4,384 customers in Wilton, or 60 percent of the town, were without power late Tuesday. CL&P had no estimate as to when electricity would be restored.

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