The following is a Code Red Notification sent out by the Monroe Police Department and Emergency Management on Friday morning:
Approximately 60% of Monroe remains without power. There are currently eight crews from CL&P working to restore the power. Please be aware that power may be lost for short periods of time as workers shut down an area to repair lines.
The Senior Center, 235 Cutlers Farm Road, will be open as a shelter. It is open to people of all ages. Please bring your own bedding. If you are bringing a pet, a carrier and proof of rabies inoculations is required. If you are able to plan alternative sheltering, this would be helpful.
Drinking water is available at the Senior Center. Non-potable water is available from the hose in the back parking lot of the library and at Stevenson Fire Station 2. You will need your own containers.
The library is open through the weekend, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., as a warming station and a place to recharge computers and phones. The Masuk Media Center is also open for charging and wifi Saturday 12:30 to 8 p.m.
The Monroe School System will be closed for the remainder of the week. School officials will re-evaluate the situation over the weekend and advise for next week's school schedule. Signs will be posted at each school and future updates will be given with Code Red, School Messenger and signs.
Showers are available for the public at Wolfe Park, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and at Masuk High School on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please use the auxiliary gym entrance.
Great Hollow Lake is closed for the foreseeable future, both to vehicles and pedestrians due to downed power lines.
Be aware of any scams involving people offering to remove storm debris under the guise of reimbursement from FEMA. If you believe you are being victimized, contact the police department.
As with any weather event, we caution all citizens to be aware of downed power lines and to stay away from them as they may be live. We also urge you to be cautious when working around your house to remove limbs and trees.
911 is for emergency calls only, but the main police department can be accessed at 203-261-3622.
Code Red messages will go out as more information is available.