As we continue to recover from Storm Sandy, the Town of Old Saybrook needs to communicate the following emergency messages to our residents. The message will be long, yet very informative.
The Recovery Center at the High School remains open.
- Those citizens without water due to a loss of power may obtain drinking water at the Old Saybrook High School. Please bring your own clean container to fill. Bottle water is also available free of charge.
- Public showers are available at the high school. Shower facilities include private stalls with hot water. There are also private areas for parents who need to bathe their children. Showers will be available until 8 PM this evening.
- A charging station remains at the high school for you to re-energize your cell phone, mobile device, and laptop batteries. Please remember to bring your charger. Free WiFi is also available. There are also Meals Ready To eat, commonly referred to as MRE’s for those in need.
- The Recovery Center is open until 8 PM tonight and will reopen tomorrow at 5 AM.
The Town is accepting brush, trees, bushes and any other forms shrubbery free of charge. The Town is also accepting construction material related to storm damage free of charge.
Both brush and construction material must be brought to the Debris Management Center. The Debris Management Center is located at the old Donnelly complex. Simply take Donnelly road, drive past the high school and enter the parking lot near the very large brush pile. Town personnel will be available to assist.
The Town of Old Saybrook will enjoy Halloween as scheduled.
Old Saybrook Police have planned on having extra staff on to provide additional security in areas that may still be hazardous or are without power. The Police Department is committed to making tonight a safe and enjoyable time for Old Saybrook’s youth.
While we are permitting all ghosts and goblins to trick-or-treat (and hopefully many who are dressed up as police officers), we do ask the following if parents permit their children to trick-or-treat in areas without power or that have major storm damage:
- All children have a flash light with them
- A responsible adult must be with trick-or-treaters
- No mischief activities.
- Have fun!!
Goodwin School and Middle School parents may pick up a reflective trick or treat bag and glow stick necklace for their children at the Recovery Center. These items are available on a first come first serve basis. We have 600 of each.
Finally, homes without power that will be offering candy are asked to come to the recovery center to pick up an official, “Trick-or-Treat Here” sign. These signs replace the porch light being on to welcome trick-or-treaters. To pick one up, come to the Recovery Center. Just drive up by the ice and ask for one, there is no need to even get out of your car!
Let’s work together to ensure storm sandy does not disrupt Old Saybrook’s Halloween.
The Old Saybrook Public School District announces the following information
- School will be in session tomorrow
- Cafeterias will be open for Breakfast and Lunch
- Friday will be a full day of school instead of a half day as originally planned
- Monday and Tuesday will be regular school days rather than professional development days
The Town is working closely with CL&P and private tree contractors to finish the process of clearing roadways.
Please remember that all downed wires should be considered live and energized. You will get electrocuted if you touch a downed wire. I can assure you, while its never fast enough and it’s only recognized when your individual home has power back, we do have CL&P crews in Town that are addressing issues as fast as possible with the resources they have. .
- All restaurants that lost power, and are now open have passed Health Department reopening inspections.
- The Town Beaches remain closed, until further notice.
The Town will be working with the state to apply and obtain assistance from the federal government for losses associated with Storm Sandy. Your first claim should be to your insurance company.
We continue to appreciate you working with your public safety professionals as we recover from this disaster. Please remember to visit www.stormsandy.com for all the information you need to know about the Town’s Storm Sandy Recovery Operations. While the water is receding, there is still much work being done by Town of Old Saybrook Personnel. It is our privilege and honor to be able to serve you.
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