Focus Tuesday on clearing roads; repairs start tomorrow

Crews remove a tree from a tangle of wires at Round Hill Road and Hillcrest Road Tuesday morning. (John Kovach Photo)

Crews remove a tree from a tangle of wires at Round Hill Road and Hillcrest Road Tuesday morning. (John Kovach Photo)

Restoration of power to the nearly 98% of Fairfield without electricity will not begin Tuesday.

Instead, First Selectman Michael Tetreau said, efforts will focus on removing fallen trees and downed power lines in an effort to reopen roads.

“We had an emergency call in the northern part of town last night and we couldn’t get to it,” Tetreau said, standing in front of the Police Department with other town officials.

United Illuminating assigned one line crew and one tree to each town in its coverage area, and a UI representative has been in Fairfield’s Emergency Operations System since Sunday.

Now that Sandy has ripped through town, the line and tree crew are traveling with the Department of Public Works. The line crew makes certain electricity is not flowing into downed power lines before the tree crew cuts the wood and DPW removes the wreckage.

More UI trucks were seen heading toward downtown on the Post Road near Stop & Shop at the circle.

Also visible throughout town are SUVs carrying assessors, who are determining what work needs to be done where. They examine the damage and what work needs to be done, so UI can prioritize job and assign crews.

There will be no shortage of work to be done, with numerous trees down. Near Billy’s Bakery on Black Rock Turnpike, a tree snapped a utility pole off at its base. On North Benson Road, massive limbs are tangled in power lines at two separate spots.

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