Update from the Darien Police, Tuesday 5 p.m.:
Efforts are in full swing to clear roadways and restore power to Darien. 42 tree and utility crews have arrived from Ohio, New Hampshire, and Quebec and are working relentlessly. They have been instructed to concentrate their efforts on clearing the Town's "main arteries:"
"¢ Hollow Tree Ridge Road
"¢ Rings End Road
"¢ Leroy Ave.
"¢ Long Neck Point Road
"¢ Christie Hill
Brookside Road, Stephen Mather Road, Middlesex Road, and Raymond Street have since been cleared for thru traffic. The Department of Transportation continues the enormous task of clearing Mansfield Avenue.
A spokesman for Connecticut Light and Power stated that residents of Darien should begin to get their power back on Wednesday evening. The town will not be back to 100% until the end of the week however. Scattered outages are expected through the weekend.
All Darien schools will remain closed on Wednesday March 17, 2010.
The Darien Police Department would like residents to remember there are still hazardous locations in town that require caution as a motorist or a pedestrian. Avoid unnecessary travel and please check on elderly neighbors. With schools being closed another day and the forecast being very conducive to outdoor activities, please keep account of children. Keep them clear of roadways, wires and work crews. Their natural curiosity can be dangerous.
We again remind you to closely monitor your septic systems and keep water usage to a minimum.
Residents should never attempt to remove downed trees or branches from utility lines. Leave this to the professionals!
The tremendous amount of property damage has also brought a significant increase of private contractors to the area. We ask that you continue to be vigilant and not fall victim to home improvement scams. It is understandable to want repairs made as quickly as possible but keep these five tips in mind:
1. Scrutinize anyone who might perform home improvement services for you--especially those who knock on your door and just happen to be in the neighborhood.
2. Always demand to see proof of their permanent business address, proper identification and appropriate licensing and insurance BEFORE letting anyone into your home.
3. Work out the details of the amount of the payment, the payment schedule, and the scope of work (the details of what work is to be completed) before any money is exchanged and before work begins.
4. Get everything in writing. Asking for a written estimate might discourage a con-artist. Any reputable home improvement professional will understand that they are competing for your business and should be happy to give you a written estimate. This is a great way to judge the differences in professionalism and cost.
5. Don't allow yourself to be rushed. If you are unsure as to the validity or integrity of a contractor call the Department of Consumer Protection at (860)-713-6050 or the Darien Police Department at 203-662-5300.
Once again, thank you for your patience and cooperation.