Darien’s First Selectman Jayme Stevenson phoned in to Connecticut News 12 to talk about the disastrous situation created by Hurricane Sandy.
Stevenson told the hosts that the town has called in the help of the National Guard. She did not elaborate on what they would be doing. Officials are also working with utility companies to cut off power to a “significant portion of Darien,” to get some roads open. “The utility is telling us that they can do that but still cant guarantee that the wires wont be live,” she said. ”I cant stress enough,” Stevenson said, “we just cant put anyone in harms way.”
Though low-lying areas were expected to flood, she also noted that Darien has seen flooding in areas where it has never been seen before. These areas also include the Tokeneke neighborhood, Noroton Bay, which reported flooding earlier today, Nearwater Lane, Rings End Road, Pear Tree Point, Long Neck Road and some “lower-lying areas as you move down Post Road to the Stamford border,” Stevenson said.
In northern Darien, falling trees caused many problems by blocking main streets and pulling down wires. “This storm has really created a doubly devastating scenario in Darien,” she said. In addition, a major pump stations near Weed beach, on Nearwater lane, is underwater. Stevenson said that she does not expect personel to get inside because the water levels are too high.