Update: Oct. 31, 11:00 a.m.
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said in a CodeRed announcement that Halloween will not be canceled like it was last year in Westport.
Joseloff asked parents to use their best judgment when picking a safe place to trick-or-treat.
Joseloff recommended parents have their children home before dark. For safety reasons, he asked that trick-or-treaters stay away from shoreline areas hit hard by the storm and any place where there are trees and power lines down.
It could be two years in a row that Westport children miss out on trick-or-treating in Westport following the destructive 2011 October snowstorm and Hurricane Sandy earlier this week.
When First Selectman Gordon Joseloff was asked about plans for trick-or-treating in Westport Wednesday night, he said, “That’s too far off. We aren’t even sure if we will have school on Friday.”
Joseloff planned to meet with Superintendent Elliot Landon Tuesday evening regarding the upcoming school schedule and to decide whether or not Westport will have school at all this week.
Joseloff urged families to take their children to Halloween parties at a safe location in lieu of trick-or-treating Wednesday night. It will take a long time to make the necessary repairs and get power fully restored, he said.
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“But this was worse than Hurricane Irene last year,” Joseloff said.
Parts of town may still be flooded and wires could be down when trick-or-treaters would normally go out Wednesday evening.
Westport Police Chief Dale Call said he did not expect things to be “100 percent back to normal” by Wednesday. Whether you’re trick-or-treating or not, Call asked that residents obey the yellow caution tape around town.
“If you don’t know if it’s safe, assume it’s dangerous,” Call said.