Darien schools to open on a 90 minute delay Monday

Vera McKiernan with The Giant Oak of Oak Park Ave


UPDATE 1:15 p.m.: Darien Schools will be open Monday, Nov. 5, on a 90-minute delay. Schools will also be open on Tuesday, which is Election Day, on a 90-minute delay. School is traditionally closed on that day.

Parents are urged to use caution if taking children to school as many roads are still being cleared of storm debris.

ORIGINAL STORY: Darien is at 29% or 2,296 on Sunday morning.

First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said she expects Connecticut Light & Power to make good progress on restoration Sunday, but with that restoration comes additional caution around downed wires around town. She said residents should be extra careful as the more power is more restored, the more likely those wires could be live.

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Gas stations that have more gas in town already have lines Sunday morning. Yesterday afternoon, Stevenson advised that stations were about out of gas.

“We are leaving it to gas station owners at the moment to monitor if people are filling gas tanks or supplemental containers. We will continue to have police presence as needed to make sure everything is orderly and no one is doing anything unsafe,” she said.

Stevenson said if residents need to fill extra containers for generators, they should make sure they are using a safe container for it.

“In my opinion, there is no reason to be hoarding gas, and it is a really unsafe thing to do,” she said.

There are still three schools without power — Ox Ridge, Royle and Tokeneke. A decision to open school on a 90-min delay will be made by 1 p.m. Sunday. Stevenson said power restoration to the town’s schools is “critical” for CL&P.

“However, the other piece of the school opening puzzle is to make sure bus routes are safe,” she said.

Stevenson said CL&P is working with the town Sunday to go through those bus routes are safe and free of debris and downed wires.

She said that in anticipation of school opening, parents should make sure if their children walk to school or to bus stops that precautions are taken on their end to make sure those walks are safe.

The town’s transfer station is open until 5 p.m. for residents, not commercial vehicles, to drop off storm debris for free.

The Darien Library is open 9 to 9 Sunday, the Darien YMCA is open from noon to 5:45, New Beginnings Community Church on Tokeneke Road is open Sunday 1 to 5 for getting warm and recharging.

Chuck’s Steak House, Estia’s American, Ten Twenty, Gopher Ice Cream, and Upper Crust are open Sunday.

Voting will take place on Tuesday as scheduled in normal polling locations.

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