As the fourth day of recovery from storm Sandy comes to a close, it is necessary for the Old Saybrook Office of Emergency Management to communicate several important messages to you.
- 99 % of all roads in the Town of Old Saybrook are now passable.
- The Old Saybrook Senior High School continues to serve as a recovery center for our community. The Recovery Center will also serve as a warming center all night long. There is no reason for you to be cold this evening if you are without heat. The Town is here to help you.
- The Recovery and Warming Center will be open around the clock and will offer a warm place to sleep, read, surf the web, or just to enjoy a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
- The Recovery Center continues to offer bottled water, Meals Ready to Eat, commonly referred to as MRE’s, ice, and drinking water filling stations.
- Public showers continue to be 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. To date we have provided more than 450 hot showers. There normally is no wait time for a shower.
- A charging station is also set up at the High School for you to re-energize your cell phone, mobile device, and laptop batteries. Please remember to bring your charger.
- The Police Department Command Vehicle is providing free WiFi to allow citizens without internet access to catch up on email and contact family and friends.
The Town continues to accept brush, trees, bushes and any other forms of shrubbery free of charge at our Debris Management Center. We are also accepting free of charge, all construction related debris caused by Hurricane Sandy. 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.
The Town Transfer Station will be open Saturday from 9 am to 5 PM and will hold special hours this Sunday from noon to 5 pm.
We are pleased to report that some power restoration is taking place. CL&P crews are in Town and are working, and will continue to work throughout the night. Please allow them to do their work so power can be restored.
Tonight, the areas without power will once again be heavily patrolled by the Police Department. If you live in a neighborhood without power, please do not be walking around after nightfall.
Old Saybrook Police Officers will continue to be assigned to neighborhoods most affected by the storm. Please seek them out should you need any assistance.
We continue to appreciate you working with your public safety professionals as we recover from this disaster. We understand that many have become frustrated with the power restoration process. Town officials continue to strongly advocate for our community with CL&P. We would like nothing more than for everyone’s power to be on. We are tired as well, yet proudly still serve you as we recover from this disaster; in fact we are working around the clock to achieve success for you. However, our success depends on your cooperation. Together as a community, Old Saybrook will rapidly recover, rebuild damaged areas, and return to normal activities.
Don’t forget to log onto www.stormsandy.com for all the latest information.
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