STAMFORD, Conn. —The City of Stamford has lifted the evacuation order and is now allowing people displaced by Hurricane Sandy to head back home.
The city has determined that, although there may not be power in the homes, they should be safe to return, Mayor Michael Pavia said during a press conference. There were still 24,902 Connecticut Light & Power customers without power as of 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, which is about 44 percent of the city, the power company’s website said.
The mandatory evacuation was mostly for people living in Shippan, Cove, Dolphin Cove and Wallacks Point.
To accommodate people without power the emergency shelter at Stamford High School is still open and currently has about 45 people there, Pavia said.
Westhill High School has also opened as a comfort zone for people to get water, take showers and charge electronic devices. Westhill, 125 Roxbury Road, will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesday, and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, with more hours possible. People should bring their own towels and other toiletries to either location.
The Ferguson Library has also extended its hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for Thursday and Friday at the main library. The Weed Memorial & Hollander Branch, 1143 Hope St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, and possibly Friday if the Harry Bennett Branch, 115 Vine Road, remains without power.
Connecticut Light & Power is working to restore power in the city, and Pavia expects the number of outages to drop in chunks soon. He added that there are 10 line crews and five tree crews spread out between North Stamford, Shippan, Cove, Newfield, the Cedar Heights sub-station, Long Ridge and Downtown.
“The priorities will remain priorities,” Pavia said explaining zones with schools, medical centers and - depending how long it takes - polling places will be served first. The Glenbrook-Bedford Street grid, which serves about 5,000 people, is also being worked on, he said.