Connecticut Light & Power announced this morning that those without power in Monroe is down to 42 percent. Nine line crews and nine tree crews are working in town today and 99 percent of Monroe is now expected to have their power back by midnight on Friday — two days earlier than the previous estimate.
Marion Heights and High Meadows on Monroe Turnpike now have power.
That news and the following information came out of the Emergency Management meeting at the Monroe Police Department this morning.
The Monroe Senior Center will be used as an emergency shelter around the clock through Saturday, at which point the need for it will be reevaluated.
Edith Wheeler Memorial Library is being used as a warming center today through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
The Garder Road Landfill will be open for green storm debris (not garbage) for its regular hours on Saturday. The hours will then be evaluated for next week.
Officials are still hoping to open all schools by Monday.
Due to field conditions, the Masuk High School Panthers football game scheduled for Saturday has been moved to Pomperaug High School in Southbury where the teams will face off at 7 p.m.
This week is normally Spirit Week leading up to the Homecoming game. Spirit Week has been moved up to the week of Thanksgiving and the holiday game between Masuk and Newtown will be Homecoming.
SATs are still scheduled at Masuk this Saturday.
Trunk or Treat
Halloween will be celebrated as Trunk or Treat at Wolfe Park this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Parents can bring candy for children there. Department of Public Works crews and CL&P are still seeing downed wires and trees throughout town, so this event is meant to provide a safe environment for children. More details may be coming out of the First Selectman's Office later today.
Burglars have taken advantage of non-functioning alarm systems and of people spending time away from home during the power outages, according to police, who said four burglaries have been reported on the east side of town since Saturday. Police urge residents to lock their doors.
Showers are available at the Lakewood Trumbull YMCA today through Friday from 5:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. and at Masuk High School from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Non-drinkable water is available at Stevenson Fire Station 2 on Monroe Turnpike and at the Monroe Police Department, 7 Fan Hill Road. Drinking water may be bought at local stores.
To report power outages, call CL&P at 800-286-2000.
If you see wires across the road or sparking wires, call the Monroe Police Department at 203-261-3622.
Do not touch any wires, because they may be live.