A Friday Update for East Granby, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks Residents

November 4, 2011

East Granby:

  • The Senior Center continues to serve as an emergency shelter and warming center. Residents are welcome to stop in to charge electronic devices, eat a hot meal, shower and/or spend the evening.

Enfield:

  • The shelter at John F. Kennedy Middle School remains open and needs volunteers.
  • Lamagna Center is open for showers until 4:00 p.m. and the Youth Center is open until 8:00 p.m. for ages 8 through 18.
  • Schools: No school Monday for public, parochial or head-start students. No school for public or Head Start students on Tuesday due to election and in-service day, but parochial schools will be open.
  • It is anticipated that all schools will be open on Wednesday, November 9th.  Please check Enfield Schools hot-line, 860-253-5170, for updates.
  • Transfer station hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Spoiled food and trash can be brought to the transfer station as well.  The refuse truck is staged there.
  • If your home is serviced by a private well, it is advised that after the power returns that you flush your water for an hour and change your sediment filter if you have one.  You also should consider having your well tested by a CT licensed Laboratory for bacteria.  If bacteria is found, it is recommended that you hire a professional well water service company to chlorinate the well.
  • The town will continue to catch up with trash pick up through Saturday and trash bags on the sides of the Tippers will be picked up for the next week’s schedule as well.
  • All storm debris will be picked up at curb side. Anything with a diameter of 8 inches or more must be less than ten feet long.
  • Central Library is up and running with Internet Access and Wi-Fi. 

Granby:

  • The emergency shelter at the senior center is open, 15 North Granby Road, 860-844-5300.  If you need to take refuge for the night, please bring a pillow and bedding, a change of clothes, and medicine.  Water is available there and at the three Granby firehouses.
  • Charging stations for technology devices are available at the Senior Center.  
  • For local shelter questions, call the Senior Center 860-844-5350.
  • For routine police calls, call 860-844-5335.
  • Brush and tree removal is occurring around town. The public works department will be coordinating a residential brush disposal program soon.
  • The YMCA on Salmon Brook Street is available for showers. Residents must have their ID and own shower supplies. Call 860-653-5524 for more information.
  • Trash and Recycling schedule is delayed by one day during the week ending Nov. 5th.  

Somers:

  • Somers High School will remain open 24/7 not only for a shelter but also for showers and some nourishment in the cafeteria. Bring your own towels and toiletries.
  • Volunteers are still needed for night and weekend shifts at the shelter at Somers High School.  Contact the emergency operations center by stopping by or by calling 860-749-7626 to volunteer.
  • Town Hall – open for all regular services. Additionally: applications for vacant home police protection
  • Library – charging and internet available
  • Seniors – center remains closed, Meals on Wheels available
  • Town crews are prepared to pick up storm debris that property owners haul to the roadside, although the town Public Works department cautioned this would take many months to complete.
  • The public is encouraged to bring other branches and debris to the town’s Egypt Road transfer station, which will remain open seven days a week for the time being. Open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Field Road – lower parking lot – brush debris only. Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • The Fire Department will resume the issuance of burning permits for debris next week.
  • Potable water available, drive to the back of the firehouse
  • The town will continue to operate an emergency operations center at the firehouse at Main Street and Ninth District Road, which townspeople can call at 860-749-7626.
  • The town’s resident state troopers will provide 24-hour coverage to the town during the emergency. Residents should call the emergency operations center about unoccupied residences that should be checked for suspicious activity and about frail and elderly people who might need attention.
  • Power has been restored to:
    • Woodcrest Senior Housing, Isabella Drive and portions of Battle Street
    • Route 190 signal at intersection of Route 83 – CT DOT will replace
    • Portion of Goodwin Drive, Highland View
    • Route 83 South from center of town
    • Billings Road and the surrounding neighborhoods
    • Business District Route 83/Route 190 open for gasoline and restaurants

Suffield:

  • The shelter at Suffield High School is providing showers, meals, warmth and a community atmosphere.  If you plan to stay for the night, please bring sleeping bags and pillows.  Hot showers are also available – you can drop in any time. 
  • The Senior Center is also open during the day and serving lunch.
  • Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) and bottled water will be distributed free of charge for Suffield residents in need at five locations in town from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday:  The shelter at Suffield High School, The Suffield Fire Department stations at Ebbs Corner and 73 Mountain Road, the Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association building at 205 Bridge Street and the Suffield Police Department at 911 Mountain Road.
  • The Landfill is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day this week through Sunday.  Fees for the disposal of trees and brush are being waived for the month of November.   This does not include construction or other debris. 
  • If your home has significant amounts of standing water, contact the Suffield Fire Department at 860-668-3888 and report the problem.
  • West Suffield residents who get their water from West Service Corporation need to boil that water before use in cleaning, cooking and drinking until further notice.

Windsor:

  • The landfill will be open 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM accepting storm related debris free of charge. 
  • The L.P. Wilson Community Center will continue to be used as the emergency shelter and drop-in center.
  • If you have any questions contact the Emergency Operations Center at 860 285-1883.
  • Town Hall offices are open for business. 
  • Wilson Branch Library is open.
  • The Main Library on Broad Street will open on Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • The Caring Connection Adult Day Health Center is open
  • The community center at 330 Windsor Avenue will be open on Friday, November 4, 2011 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM for kids age 7 and up.  Parents are welcome to stay if they wish.
  • Windsor Public Works crews anticipate starting to pick up brush placed at the curb in front of your home beginning next week.  Brush placed in front of your home should not block the sidewalk or hang into the road.  If your debris is too large to be safely placed at the curb, place in your front yard as near to the sidewalk as you can.  Residents are encouraged to help Public Works by removing their own debris or hiring a contractor to do so and bring the debris to the landfill – free of charge. 
  • Leaf piles will not be picked up by the Public Works crews.  Leaves should be placed in paper bags and placed at your curb on the same day as trash pick-up on your street and they will be picked up by Windsor Sanitation.

  
Windsor Locks:

    • Windsor Locks Town Hall is open as a warming and recharging center 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • A full service shelter is open at the Windsor Locks High School. Showers are open to the public 8:30 am to 8:30 pm.  Please bring your own toiletries and towels for showers. This will remain open until power has been restored.  
    • Food (MREs) and water will be available at the High School daily between 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Please drive through the front entrance and follow the signs.  If you are unable to leave your house -please call Emergency Services at 860-627-1400 to make arrangements for delivery.

    In General:

    • Check on your neighbors to make sure they have food and can get out if needed.
    • Consumers with questions or complaints regarding their insurance claims are urged to contact the Connecticut Insurance Department at 1-800-203-3447 or visit the Department’s Web site at: www.ct.gov/cid and click on Question/Complaint.
    • **Call the state’s free 2-1-1 Infoline for any general questions you may have.
    • Treat any downed line – even cable and phone lines – as a live electric wire because they can carry a lethal charge if they are in contact with live power lines.
    • Be careful about leaving candles unattended or running generators whose fumes are not properly vented outside. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a major threat.
    • Residents are urged to let neighbors who went away or into a shelter know when power returns on a given street.
    • **Please check up the frail and elderly, making sure the prolonged cold isn’t getting to be too much for them.

(Information was compiled from municipal web sites and local publications.  More updates to follow.)

Please share this information with your friends and neighbors, and please feel free to contact me with any comments at [email protected] or 1-800-842-1421 .