Hundreds still in the dark in Greenwich after second storm

March 10, 2018 GMT

GREENWICH — Power outages were impacting over 400 customers in Greenwich on Friday, as utility workers struggled to restore electricity after two major storms walloped the area.

Repair crews were down to the difficult cases still left by the storm — electrical equipment tangled with fallen trees and branches, Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross said.

It’s hard to predict when power will be fully restored to all customers across the region, Gross said. The job should be finished for “the vast majority” of affected customers by 11 p.m. Sunday, he said.

The repairs often involve a multistage process, with tree crews working alongside power crews.

“It’s tree damage,” said Gross. “Multiple spans of downed lines and utility poles, associated with trees. We’ve seen what Mother Nature can do with heavy snow and wind.”

Intensive resources, in the form of equipment and personnel from New England and beyond, have arrived in the region to help.

“There are hundreds of light and tree crews at work,” said Gross. “We’re working as quickly and safely as we can.”

Eversource is looking to put the expected restoration times for individual communities on its website this weekend at www.eversource.com. As of 5 p.m. Friday, there were over 40,000 customers in the dark across the state.

It’s a difficult time to be without power, with high temperatures expected to only reach the mid-40s during the day and overnight lows in the 20s this weekend.

“We certainly recognize the disruption caused when customers lose power, and we appreciate their patience,” Gross said.

Crews from Canada and Mississippi were brought in to help after the first nor’easter hit the area on March 2 and caused thousands of power outages across Greenwich and the state. Additional crews from Canada, Vermont and New Hampshire arrived after this week’s nor’easter.

Lt. John Slusarz of the Greenwich Police said the storm caused damage, but for the most part, the community fared well.

“We got snow, we got trees down, we got wires down. But no major injuries. Overall, it was better than the last one,” he said.

The nor’easter that struck March 2 took the life of a New Jersey motorist on the Merritt Parkway on the Greenwich-Stamford border when a tree fell on his vehicle.

That storm also knocked out power to one-fifth of the town.

At the height of the storm this past Wednesday, Greenwich emergency services reported 18 full road closures and 44 partial closures due to downed trees and power lines.