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Wilton Schools Now Closed Tuesday; Clearing Roads will 'Take Days'

Schools will be decided on opening on a day-to-day basis as 81 percent of Wilton residents are without power and dozens of roads are still closed.

Wilton Public Schools will be closed again on Tuesday and them finally opening will be made on a day-to-day to basis as Wilton struggles to cope with the aftermath of Irene.

CL&P reports that 81 percent of Wilton residents are without power.  Restoration .

Lieutenant Donald Wakeman of the Wilton Police Department said it would likely take days to clear the dozens of roads around Wilton that have been closed. 

“We still have lots of . There are so many trees down…some roads are impassable, some are barely passable. With the amount of destruction, it’s going to take days to clear,” said Wakeman.

Wakeman also said that Route 7 is one of the few roads that is clear, and that River Road, the conduit for Wilton Town Center, is passable, although he did not know if the center had power. Update: the center does indeed have power: Carluzzi's, Stop & Shop, Starbucks, and several other places are open. 

The Wilton YMCA will be open today, starting at noon, and will offer locker room facilities and wi-fi in the lobby at no charge to Wiltonians until the power is restored

Peter Millar August 29, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Given the lack of power and the state of the roads in Wilton. The opening of schools should be postponed until after the long weekend. Waiting until midday each day to make a decison on the subsequent day is unacceptable. Let Superintendent Richards know what you think.
Susan Katz August 29, 2011 at 08:16 PM
I agree. We are having to stay down in Westchester and driving back and forth is difficult.
Michael Perrella August 29, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Michael Perrella: CL&P, 4 maybe more days to return full power, Wilton Police Department believes that it will take days to clear all roads. Who are the seemingly dolts who run our schools ? Come on get real, in four work days their is a legal three day weekend. In the name of common sense and safety schools should re-open the day after Labor Day.
Corinne Lee August 30, 2011 at 12:08 PM
I applaud the the town of Ridgefield for deciding in advance to begin school on 9/6- Weston and Redding also making the call in advance. It is simply a courteous gesture to allow residents to plan the rest of their week. Many residents are reserving hotel rooms, traveling to stay with families, etc,. and other additional inconveniences and expenses. Considering the words of CL&P, "4 or more days to restore power..." the admin in this town should make the call today, and not a day later.
Loralyn Cropper August 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM
On Sturges ridge, NOTHING has been cleared!! Where is brennan? Where is the outrage? Come on mr. Brennan, speak for the residents!! So many of us have small children. CLP is barely working here. I have seen very few trucks!!
Nancy Dryden August 30, 2011 at 12:21 PM
I agree that school should be called off all week, and I'm still in town, have power, and my daughter can manage with the day to day decision. However, others are not so lucky and are out of town, etc. Many road are impassable - how are the buses going to get through?
wilton42 August 30, 2011 at 12:26 PM
There are over 500,000 people in the state without power, this has been an absolutely unprecedented event in terms of downed trees and power lines on a large scale. Extra resources were called in by the power companies, but the sheer magnitude of the damage makes it impossible for quick restoration. Things like traffic lights and hospitals get priority over residences. People were warned that you could be without power for a week or more before the storm stuck. That is why preparedness is so important. It is tough to blame town officials when proper warning was given.

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