Here's a report on the damage inflicted last Sunday by Irene, who didn't seem to realize she'd been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm by the time she blew through the North Country. I'm writing this on Monday afternoon, so some of the problems will be fixed by the time you read this. But if you're heading toward one of the closed roads, you may wish to check with our Town Clerk, the always-helpful Sheila Borden, at 962-8360 to see what's open and what's not. Thank you, Sheila, for the following information.
Power was out town-wide only for a few hours Sunday evening, but remained out the next day in a few pockets: around Goff and Fitzgerald roads on 9N heading toward E'town, on Old Arsenal and Worman roads in the village, and around Cove Way off the Lake Shore Road. Hopefully, crews will have it restored long before you read this.
As for roads, the big news, obviously, is that the roaring Boquet took out the bridge in Wadhams, which was slated to be replaced next year anyway. Hopefully, they'll be able to get to it sooner. Getting to the 'Hams may be a little tricky for a bit, since Decker Road and Merriam Forge Road also had washouts and are closed as of the day after the storm, as is the Lewis-Wadhams Road. For now, take Sherman Road to malfunction junction down there by the bridge, cross the bridge, and go up Morrison (not Decker, unless its reopened) to Route 22, where that would be a left for Wadhams.
Shall we say just for the record that getting to Essex for the ferry would be a Lake Shore Road kind of proposition, at least for Westport folk. For readers outside of Westport, don't count on getting to the Essex Ferry by way of Wadhams.
Other roads closed as of Aug. 29 are Stevenson Road (where Stacy Brook ran right up over the road) and Young's Road.
Don't forget Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Daniel Billet, on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. in Ballard Park. It's free!