Wednesday night the number of Eversource customers without power in Wilton numbered 5,465.
This morning, the number of Eversource customers without power in Wilton is exactly the same–5,465.
Wilton hovered at 73% of the town without power for most of the day, briefly hitting 75% until settling back down at 73%. Its neighbors Westport and Weston are even worse–97% and 96% without power respectively.
Last night, at around 10:15 p.m., First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice wrote to residents in her nighty COVID update that the utility company told her it planned to have road-clearing crews working alongside town DPW personnel “throughout the night in an effort to quicken the pace of the work.”
Just 45 minutes later she sent another update, that, inexplicably, Eversource pulled its crews from Wilton. “After hitting the send button on tonight’s update, I received a call that Eversource had canceled tonight’s promised road clearing crew. Wilton DPW was onsite waiting for their arrival,” she wrote, adding, “This is completely unacceptable. We are pushing to get them back. Look for an update tomorrow.”
Some residents are unable to leave their homes with wires across driveways. There are landlocked roads, including Graenest Ridge Rd., where a resident posted to SeeClickFix this morning, “Street is landlocked…can’t get back to our house & others can’t get out of their houses. Please have our road clear[ed] quickly. Thanks!”
The image above that accompanies this article is of Ridgefield Rd.–a state highway, as GMW reader Nancy Saxe, who submitted it, pointed out. She informed us of a separate issue–Sweet Pierre’s, the business she owns in Wilton Center, had power up until 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night–after the storm had passed. “No explanation as to why power went out downtown well after the storm. Still not restored. Any idea where the single truck assigned to Wilton is working??”
Eversource executives had hollow answers at a press conference with Gov. Ned Lamont. You can see our coverage, here. Lamont called their response “wholly inadequate,” and gave them until the end of the week. He’s also ordered an investigation into the company’s preparation and response.
On Wednesday, Eversource put out a press release about crews “working around the clock” but still says restoration will take “multiple days.”