By Nicole Rivard
At a press briefing Tuesday morning Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia commended frontline police, fire, public works and city employees as well as other agencies for their efforts and expertise as Hurricane Sandy pummeled the area.
He said that there were some 150 reports of trees down and that approximately 60 percent—or 18,000 residents–are without power.
The emergency shelter at Brien McMahon High School will remain open today and tonight. Michelle DeLuca reported that 241 residents sheltered overnight, some with pets.
The yard debris site at 15 South Smith St. will be open to the public this afternoon until 5.
City Hall is without power and will be closed today.
Pubic works officials reported the Norwalk Sewage Treatment Plant is online and operational and that city water is safe. The plant was taken offline at approximately 9:30 p.m. as a precaution in anticipation of storm surge flooding. The flooding did not occur and the plant was brought back online around midnight.
The mayor is asking residents to call customer service at 854-3200 to report trees and wires down.
One of the hardest hit areas was Bell Island, according to Norwalk Police Chief Tom Kulhawik and Fire Chief Denis McCarthy. They assisted with 100 evacuations with a high water truck in the Bell Island neighborhood.
Bus service is expected to be back in operation Wednesday morning.