FAIRFIELD, Conn. – More areas of Fairfield were declared safe for displaced residents who want to check on their homes, the town officials said Wednesday evening.
South Benson Road and all points along the shore to the east of that area are now safe for passage, police said. South Pine Creek Road and roads connecting to it are also passable. However, electricity and other utilities are not turned on in those areas.
The area between Beach Road and Reef Road was still flooded Wednesday night. Fairfield Police began allowing residents who live no farther than 100 yards south of Old Post and Oldfield Roads to check on their homes Tuesday evening. But areas near Fairfield Beach Road remain closed. The Green Cycle recycling center and the town’s trash Transfer Station, which are in the flood zone, will also stay closed Thursday.
“Flooding conditions still exist and roads are impassable,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau said in a CodeRED message Wednesday evening. “We understand the struggles created by Hurricane Sandy and we ask for your patience during this trying time.”
Fairfield’s emergency crews are in “make safe” mode and will stay that way for at least the next three days, Tetreau added. As of 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, there were 13,120 homes and businesses without power in Fairfield, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the town. And 341 trees with wires needed to be cleared across Fairfield.
The shelter at Fairfield Ludlowe High School is open to residents displaced by the storm. Food and water are also available at the shelter for those who need them.