Friday: Town by Town Storm Update

November 4, 2011


Mansfield Community Center 
10 South Eagleville Rd, 
Hall School 
Rte 32, 111 River Rd 

  • Showers, food, water, and cots are available.
  • Visitors must provide their own bedding.
  • Pets CAN NOT be accommodated.

*******FREE DINNER TONIGHT:  5 pm until 7 pm

  • E O Smith High School to Ashford, Mansfield, and Willington citizens
  • Ashford Town Office Building has free WIFI capabilities available .
  • Bring your own device (laptop, ipod, etc) and use password – ashfordpublic


  • Remember that your house might be visited by ghosts and goblins on Friday, Nov. 4th, as the Town had recommended that Halloween be postponed.
  • Caution is urged for trick-or-treaters as there might still be storm debris and lack of lighting in some areas.
  • Restoration has begun in the Northern District but will be slow with crews diverted to areas without blocked roads.
  • Willimantic crews will be assigned to the North End tomorrow.

Regional shelter: 
Mansfield Community Center 
Intersection Rtes. 275 & 195 
Please arrive by 8:30 PM latest.

  • School closed Friday, no out-of-town transportation.
  • Showers available at CHS until 10 PM Friday and again Saturday from 6-10 AM only due to possible school use.
  • Library open extended hours Friday from 10 AM – 6 PM, Children’s movie at 2 PM.
  • Senior Center Open Friday 8 AM – 2 PM.
  • Town Hall Conference Room B available for charging, warming & Internet until 10 PM daily.
  • Water (bring containers), bottled water and meals ready-to-eat available at Town Hall Annex side entrance from 8 AM – 7 PM.
  • Brush debris at gravel pit off South St. Ext. until 5 PM daily including this weekend.
  • Extra food waste may be brought for free disposal to the Transfer Station on Saturday, 11/4 from 9 AM – 1 PM.
  • Energy Fair set for Saturday 11/5 is ON as scheduled. 10 AM – 2 PM at new DPW facility, take Fern Rd. off Main.
  • Only Twin Hills Water District remains under a boil water advisory.


  • If you have storm-related questions, please call the Ellington Emergency Operation Center at 860-870-3178.
  • CL&P reports that it will be a number of days (not specific) before power will be restored in Ellington.
  • CL&P Reps. are communicating with our Emergency Operations Center.
  • Restoration has started in Ellington. (CL&P 1-800-286-2000)
  • The Department of Public Works is working on clearing roads; however, they cannot go near limbs that are tangled in power lines.
  • Hoffman Road Brush Dump – OPEN 24-hours
  • Residents can put brush curb side (the sooner the better); it will be picked up at a later date.
  • Ambulance Building and all Schools have drinkable water. Bring your own containers.
  • Water Schedule:
    7 AM-3 PM Center School @ pre-school entrance
    7 AM-3 PM Middle School @ gym entrance
    7 AM-3 PM Windermere School @ loading dock off Windsorville Road near Cafeteria
    Available 24-hours @ CL School from CT Water Tanker in parking lot
    Available 24-hours @ EHS – left of main entrance
  • Ellington High School is open as a Shelter – Open 24 hours.
  • Cots/Blankets/Pillows available. Bring everything else.
  • Showers available from 6 AM-9 PM
  • Some food will be served.
  • Cell phones charging stations available. Pets OK; must be in carriers.
  • Trash collection is on schedule as long as they can get to your house.
  • No school this week – 10/31-11/4. The Superintendent will re-evaluate over the weekend.


  • The town has power in the Main Street downtown area.
  • The power is expected to be restored on rte 190 from Somers to Union.
  • Various roads off of Rte 190 are also restored.
  • Rte 19 to TTM is being restored today. 

Shelter# 860-993-4462


Updated information to be relayed to the public at the following locations: 
THE HIVE (RTE 190)      9:00 AM & 12 NOON 
MILL POND STORE         9:00 AM 


  • The Tolland Library will be closed until Wednesday, November 9th due to construction issues and the upcoming election. 
  • The Library will resume regular hours on November 9th.
  • The Solid Waste and Recycling Pickup for the week of October 31st is cancelled for the whole week. Tentatively the pickup will start on Monday as normal (November 7th).
  • Please remember that everything has to be in the tote for pickup.
  • Also as a reminder, the Bulky and Metal pickup will be for the week of November 7th.

Spoiled food

  • A dumpster is available at the Highway Garage (118 Old Post Road) from 8:00 am-4:00 pm.
  • Also storm related debris can be taken to the Cross Farms parking lot located on Rhodes Road starting on Friday, 11/4.
  • Please be advised that there is a boil advisory for some Community Public Water Systems in our area due to extended power outages.
  • If you need assistance, please contact the Eastern Highlands Health District at 860.429.3325.
  • The CT Department of Health has issued Boil Water Advisory notices for the following systems in Tolland:
    • Woodland Summit Community Water Association
    • Ivy Woods
    • Stone Pond Condominiums

Changes to School Calendar: 
At the well-attended meeting Thursday night, the board decided to follow Superintendent William Guzman’s recommendation to make November 10 a half day for students and to change November 11, Veterans Day, to a full school day.

(November 10 was originally designated as an in-service day for teachers, who now will be meeting for two hours in the afternoon after students leave school. Other in-service days will be scheduled throughout the calendar to recover the lost hours, according to Guzman.)


  • The town hall is open for showers, water, charging of electronics, etc.
  • The new hours of operation are: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Special arrangements may be made by calling Andy at 860 428-5536.


  • Town of Vernon has opened a shelter at:

    Vernon Center Middle School (VCMS) 
    777 Hartford Turnpike 

    Residents should bring bedding and any essential supplies.

  • The shelter will be pet friendly. Residents bringing pets need to provide their own crates, food, and other necessities. No inherently dangerous animals will be allowed into the facility.
  • Residents who utilize social media can follow @MayorMcCoy on Twitter for live updates and information regarding Winter Storm Alfred.
  • Additional information can be obtained by calling the Mayor’s office at (860) 870-3600.
  • Transfer Station hours (only for perishable and household trash) no bulky waste at this time

    Wednesday 11/2/11 through Saturday 11/5/11
    8 am to 4 pm 

    Sunday 11/6/11 12 pm to 4 pm

  • Trash bins for dumping perishable and household trash will also be available at:

    383 Hartford Tpke till Friday 11/4/11

  • The Town of Vernon Leaf Collection will be delayed a week and will now begin on

    Monday, November 14, 2011. (Residents are asked to do their best to keep their brush 
    separate from leaves which will be collected by vacuum equipment.)

  • In an effort to assist residents with yard debris resulting from Storm Alfred, Town crews will be collecting brush curbside. (Please lay brush parallel to the curb and cut a maximum of six feet in length. Brush must be manageable – heavy tree limbs may result in injury to our work force.)

    In addition, brush can be dropped off by residents at the designated area at:

    Henry Park, 
    120 South Street

  • Leaf bins are located at:

    Legion Field 
    Church Street
    And at:
    Co#4 Firehouse 
    Nye Street

    (Absolutely no brush is allowed at the leaf bin sites.)

    Please call the Vernon DPW (860-870-3500) with any questions.

  • The town also opened a warming and charging station at:

    Vernon Senior Center 
    26 Park Place 
    9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. 
    (Residents are reminded that the Senior Center is NOT being used as an overnight shelter.)

  • Members of the community in need of potable water can obtain it at:

    Henry Park 
    (120 South Street) next to the Lottie Fisk Building 
    (Residents can access the park from both McLean Street and Kevin Drive. Water will be available on a daily basis from sunrise until sunset.)



  • As of now, Trick or treating has been postponed to November 5.
  • Willington Public Schools are closed for the rest of the week.
  • Please read the letter below from First Selectman Christina Mailhos:

Attention Willington Residents:

Willington is in a state of emergency because of the historic and unprecedented storm that has impacted on the Northern part of the State. Most residents and all Town facilities are lacking power and telephones which has made communication extremely challenging. We have opened Hall Memorial School at 111 River Road as a storm shelter. In addition, the Town Office Building is operating out of classrooms at Hall School and Town employees are helping residents.

Shelter Amenities:

  • Warming center
  • Showers (The locker rooms are open for showers from 6 AM – 9 PM daily, bring your own towel and toiletries.)
  • Cots are available for overnight stays – please bring your own pillow and blankets
  • Cell charging and wi-fi (bring your own laptop)
  • Food & water
  • Information on the following:
  • Power restoration
  • Road conditions
  • School Plan
  • Weather updates

News updates: from First Selectman, Christina Mailhos

  • Gas stations open around the area
  • At this point, we are asking people to please check on your neighbors to make sure they are OK.
  • Also, please hold off on dumping brush at the Transfer Station until Saturday, November 5th.
  • There has already been one fatality in the state due to downed wires and trees. Please use extreme caution when driving. Also, other public safety concerns are carbon monoxide poisoning and food poisoning (from spoiled food). Make sure the water you drink is clean drinkable water.
  • Thank you to everyone for your patience in these trying times. We are doing the best we can and I want you to know that you have some very dedicated people working hard to help everyone as we struggle with these conditions.


  • Town Hall is open today until 3 pm.
  • At this time 12 percent of Woodstock is without power and CLP has told the First Selectman the majority of their crews continue to remain in Woodstock.
  • The Town Hall is available for flushing water, bottled water, MREs , hot coffee, snacks, warmth, wireless Internet access, and cell phone charging.
  • The Town Hall will be open on Saturday from 9 am – noon for residents needing these supplies or services.
  • The Transfer Station will be open today through Sunday from 10 am-4 pm. (Non-permit holders may dispose of food waste only but must provide proof of residency.)
  • The Hyde School has opened Krebbs Gymnasium to Woodstock residents for showers from noon-2 pm and 7 pm -9 pm. (Please park in the Cultural Center parking lot and follow the signs.)
  • Drinking water is available in the maintenance building behind the Gym from 7 am -3 pm.
  • Woodstock Academy is open for showers from 3 pm – 10 pm tonight.
  • The Red Cross Regional Shelter has been deactivated.
  • Residents in need of a warm place to sleep should call 211 or contact the Red Crossdirectly at 1-800-RED-CROSS.
  • You should still report your personal outage to CLP at 1-800-286-2000.