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Fairfield Reopens Areas To Residents; Asks For Caution

A kayaker braves Fairfield's flooded streets Tuesday. Residents are still not allowed in areas that are underwater.
A kayaker braves Fairfield's flooded streets Tuesday. Residents are still not allowed in areas that are underwater. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police
The Department of Public Works has cleared many trees, but there are still 272 that are tangled with power lines on Fairfield's roads.
The Department of Public Works has cleared many trees, but there are still 272 that are tangled with power lines on Fairfield's roads. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Some residents in the Fairfield Beach and Southport areas are being allowed back to their homes following Hurricane Sandy, but if they choose to go, they’ll find they have no power.

Residents who live 100 yards south of the Old Post Road and Oldfield Road may now go to check on their properties, First Selectman Michael Tetreau said in a CodeRed message Tuesday evening. Southport residents may also head back to their homes, “but should exercise caution,” Tetreau said.

Electricity and other utilities will not be in service in those areas. United Illuminating was able to restore power to some sections of Fairfield, but 15,564 customers, or 71.15 percent of town, was still without power as of 5 p.m.

Fairfield Police have been attempting to keep people out of the flooded area for safety reasons. Police warn that anyone heading south of the approved line will have to deal with contaminated drinking water, gas leaks and structural damage.

Fairfield Police will also enforce a parking ban for the surrounding area to let emergency vehicles get through. Non-resident and non-emergency vehicles parked on Old Post Road and Oldfield Road and any points south of those streets will be towed.

Town officials remind other residents to stay off the roads whenever possible. The Department of Public Works has cleared all fallen trees from roads that were not tangled in power lines. But there are still 272 blockages on Fairfield’s streets that cannot be removed without United Illuminating’s help.

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