Thursday — UI reports that 35% of the city, or 6,190 are still without power. UI says 95% of customers in its coverage area can expect to have power by midnight on Monday.
Firewood is available at the Dog Park, corner of Nells Rock Road and Shelton Ave (Rt. 108) for Residents use, according to the Public Works Department.
The Compost site next to Elizabeth Shelton School is accepting — from residents only — leaves,tree limbs and brush debris resulting from Storm Sandy, Monday-Friday, from 7AM to 2PM and Saturdays, 7 a.m to noon through December 8.
Storm debris from private property can also be brought by residents only to the Shelton Transfer Station, located at 866 River Road, Monday-Saturday, 7AM to 1:30PM.
City crews will only be picking up storm debris generated within the City right of way.
Residents may call the Highways and Bridges Department at 203-924-9277 with any questions.
Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. — Shelton public and parochial will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 1. There will be no out of town transportation. Superintendent Freeeman Burr said one school building and central office is still without power.“I toured our schools and routes this morning and afternoon and we still have many impassable roads due to downed wires and trees,” Burr said in an email. “Re-routing bus stops would not only be time consuming but would place our students at risk. I have been in contact our Mayor and Fire Marshal throughout the day and we agree this is the best course of action.”
Wednesday, 1:15 p.m. —Food, water and ice are available at Echo Hose Ambulance, 100 Meadow St.
The Community Center, 41 Church St., is available for those still without power. Residents can take showers and charge phones or computers. The center may be open until 10 p.m. tonight, officials are still in the process of making that decision, according to deputy fire marshal Bob Albert.
The Harvest Festival event scheduled for tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Shelton Community Center, sponsored by Living Word Community Church, is on for tonight.
Parents can bring children, ages 3 to 10 for a safe, indoor event, organizers said.
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. — The city reports that Halloween is not cancelled and is still on for tonight, though parents are urged to use caution and common sense in areas hit hard by the storm.
Due to power outages in Shelton, Truck of Trunk — scheduled for tonight, at Shelton Intermediate School, is postponed to this Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. — On Wednesday morning, UI reported 6,781 customers out of power, about 38.9% of the city.
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. — Shelton public and parochial schools are closed Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Tuesday, 3:20 p.m. — Shelton outages have gone down to 8,714, according to UI. That’s just under 50% of customers.
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. —With more than half the city in the dark, Shelton’s emergency officials opened the Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St. as a shelter and charging station, if needed.
UI reported this morning that about 54% of the city is in the dark, a total of 9,445 outages. Mayor Mark Lauretti said Tuesday around 10 a.m. that many residents can expect to be out for at least a couple of days.
“We are making the senior center available but we are encouraging people to stay in their homes,” Lauretti said.
Several roads in Shelton are blocked by downed wires and trees this morning.
“People should exercise a little common sense,” Lauretti said. “Today is not the day to be out — stay in and get caught up on paperwork.”
The senior center does not have showers available to the public but it can be a charging station.
A lot of trees came down, taking wires with it, so UI is working to take care of downed wires first, the mayor said. Tree removal trucks and National Guardsmen were in front of UI’s building on Bridgeport Avenue Tuesday morning. Some of the hardest hit areas of the city include Huntington Center, Birchbank, Long Hill Avenue and Booth Road. Here is some of our storm coverage from last night.
The city encouraged residents of flood prone areas to evacuate on Sunday.
“We actually fared pretty well with flooding,” Lauretti said. “That’s what my initial information is.”
Downtown fared well, with few power outages. The mayor is opening city hall later today.
The widespread power outages and danger posed by wires and trees could effect Halloween trick-or-treating tomorrow.
“We haven’t thought about that yet,” Lauretti said of Halloween. “But I can’t imagine people will be able to pull it off and have kids walking around out there.”