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PHS Opens as Shelter for Middlebury, Southbury Residents

The high school has showers and cots available.

Due to Winter Storm Alfred, 100 percent of Middlebury's homes are without power, according to CL&P's outage map. In Southbury, 54 percent of homes are without power.

Pomperaug High School, at 234 Judd Road in Southbury, was opened after Superintendent Frank Sippy was contacted by Middlebury and Southbury officials regarding use of the high school as a shelter and warming place for town residents.

The shelter is open 24/7.

There are 190 cots at the school, according to a press release from the Middlebury Police Department. Food and water are a concern for the shelter and officials from both towns have requested meals-ready-to-eat, or MREs, and bottled water from the state Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

The police stated that most town roads are passable, but power lines, cable TV and telephone lines are down.

The Middlebury Firehouse, 65 Tucker Hill Rd., or the Middlebury Police Department, 200 Southford Road, are available to fill water containers.

All state roads are open -- Routes 63, 64 and 188. Traffic lights are out and police are advising motorists to use caution.

Lori Marino October 31, 2011 at 05:01 AM
Is that really necessary?
FREE AT LAST! October 31, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Yes. It is. When we have been subject to total inept incompetence and watched the man worry more about his salary and pension and photo ops than our well being, yes it is necessary.
Questioning citizen October 31, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Does anyone know if there are showers available at PHS? Why is it SO damn hard to get information? Why is there no info about shelters, showers, CL&P updates on the Southbury web site?
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 31, 2011 at 03:29 PM
I just spoke to Dispatcher Roy at the Middlebury Police Department. There are showers available but police are asking people to bring bottled water and snacks, as food is not presently available.
Tracey Ludvinsky October 31, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Does any one know if the town has officially cancelled Halloween tonight?
MaryAnn Benevenuto October 31, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Lori - If the sky falls, there are actually people in this town that would blame Davis.
Stop the madness October 31, 2011 at 05:42 PM
The sky is falling? And Davis is still in charge? We're doomed!!! Or in other words - The sky is falling...! Guess it WOULD be his fault! He creates his own special disasters MaryAnn. Quit blaming Chicken Little.
My 2 cents October 31, 2011 at 10:51 PM
I am a volunteer at the shelter. There are six showers for women and six for men. there are cots for those who need to stay for the night. There is an area to relax, read, use your laptop or charge a cell phone. Right now the food situation is very sparse since the Red Cross is really stretched throughout the state.
Suzy S October 31, 2011 at 11:21 PM
What information don't you have? Patch has been excellent at keeping residents posted and Davis made an automated phone call (if your phone is working) this afternoon, as did CP&L. I've also received several email alerts from the town. The reason there is no info on our town site is because our fearless leaders don't think we need a full-time tech person on staff; even though neighboring towns have live, updated sites with modern features like on-line bill pay and park and rec registration AND emergency updates. SOME mayors even communicate via Twitter! Perhaps two devastating emergencies in 8 weeks will convince them it's time to join the 21st century. Or perhaps we'll just vote them out next week.
Suzy S October 31, 2011 at 11:23 PM
Tracey, it may be too late for my reply, but Davis put out an automated call earlier asking people not to trick or treat because the roads are still too dangerous and after dark, you won't be able to see lines down. He encouraged families to trick or treat at the KMart Plaza. There are also several area churches offering festivities as an alternative.
Southbury Resident November 01, 2011 at 01:32 PM
On the side note: BIG THANKS to volunteers at PHS ...... thank you thank you.
FREE AT LAST! November 01, 2011 at 10:58 PM
An important note to remember. Read the above article again, the town of Middlebury and Dr. Sippy took the lead in opening the emergency shelter at PHS. THE SHELTER IS BEING RUN BY AMERICAN RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS ALONG WITH LOCAL VOLUNTEERS PITCHING IN, all the town is doing is making the announcement that the shelter is open, the Red Cross is doing all the work (Dr, Sippy had school cafeteria staff cooking meals today so that stocked food wouldn't go to waste). So Southbury Resident once the current first selectman stops using these incidents as part of his re-election campaign, we'll stop calling him on it. The first selectman is the one complaining that he can't get positive press (through no fault of the press) and then uses emergencies and somber events to have photos taken and posted on his website. You can find pics of the shelter opened after Irene, the Boy Scout and VFW 9/11 commemoration ceremony he attempted to take credit for, the homecoming of a local wounded warrior and you can bet you'll see pics from this emergency. On another side note, it was nice you thanked the volunteers. But no one cares what you think.
Karen Kirk November 02, 2011 at 01:33 AM
Just came from PHS....steady stream of folks coming in for hot showers (bring your towel & toiletries) and some families are there overnight. The AP room is available for keeping warm, reading, playing games (a few people brought board games), and powering electronics/phones. Emergency Mgmt just brought in MRE's and bottled water. I'm so impressed at what a great group of people are there---their spirits are not dampened, all are extremely nice! Makes me proud to live in this community.
D Caleca November 02, 2011 at 01:39 AM
Southbury Resident I sit here reading all of these nonsense comments while your neighbors and you for that matter are dealing with a real crisis not one of political dimensions. In my opinion, purely mine, you all need to grow up and get your priorities in order. Help out instead of airing your dirty laundry about your political convictions. I for one am totally fed up with reading it not only on this site but in the local paper, Voices. I feel sorry for each and everyone of you. You have all lost sight of what is truly important in life which is family, love and happiness. If you would all think about that instead of bashing one another and others maybe you will be able to get through this crisis a better person. May God Bless us all as we certainly need his help to get through this!! P.S. Please do not waste your time responding to this as I will not be interested in your negative comments. Think only positive thoughts some wise person told me once. Good advice I try to live by every day of my life. Try it - it works!!
FREE AT LAST! November 02, 2011 at 01:59 AM
Did you help out? Mighty arrogant of you to assume that we haven't, and just as arrogant for you to assail my political convictions while spouting off about God blessing us all. Welcome to America, home of the constitution and home of free speech and religion.
MaryAnn Benevenuto November 02, 2011 at 01:09 PM
REE Speak for yourself....I do care what people think...personal, political an otherwise...but once again, only your opinion counts
Southbury Resident November 02, 2011 at 05:38 PM
D Caleca That is what I had written. I am tired of people posting under every thread their political junk. This thread is about shelter yet two accounts are making political jab.
Southbury Resident November 02, 2011 at 05:45 PM
People have no power, no water no heat. People come to check on the shelter. Yet You come hear and preach your political views. Apparently you have power and seem to think the rest of us are in desperate need of political guidance. I have great idea how about you go preach your political junk in front of PHS so atleast when I am going there to help I can meet with you.
Stop the madness November 02, 2011 at 06:45 PM
I understand your frustration. For my part, I am very tired of people's barely literate posts.
MaryAnn Benevenuto November 02, 2011 at 07:05 PM
SR: I am also without power, water, and heat. Preaching? If I am preaching, what are other patchers doing?
MaryAnn Benevenuto November 02, 2011 at 07:07 PM
SR, my friend, most of the misposted threads are by __________supporters. You guessed it!
Stop the madness November 02, 2011 at 07:11 PM
That's Edelson. Ed Edelson. Did you have a senior moment?
Southbury Resident November 02, 2011 at 07:12 PM
Mary I made mistake not adding To: Republican for Edelson. My comment was directed at him. I have no problem with people voicing their political opinion as long its under political topics. I find shamefull that people like RFE post their political garbage under the threads that are absolutely a political. Posting political junk under shelter info is bad taste and some should be ashamed.
Stop the madness November 02, 2011 at 07:28 PM
Southbury Resident: Do you find illiteracy to be shameful? Seriously. Do you think everyone should be able to put together a sentence? Do you think people should actually READ what they type before posting it? Also, I'm very sorry that you can't follow more than one subject at a time.
Southbury Resident November 02, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Not really "Stop the madness". Since I know sometimes what people perceive as illiteracy may simply be that English is somebody's second (or third or fourth) language. In addition, maybe somebody went to top European Engineering school to spent 5 years on Math, Physics instead of 2 years in some dinky Liberal Arts community college with English as the major.
Stop the madness November 02, 2011 at 08:09 PM
I'm sorry if you feel badly that you went to a dinky two year school. It's really what you put into it that determines what you get out of it though. I took the 4 year option but I passed on the English major. Perhaps you can ease up on the Patch policing for now though.
FREE AT LAST! November 02, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Did anyone see the endorsement of Ed Edelson by the Danbury News Times today. It's on the editorial page titled "New Energy - We believe Edelson would bring proactive leadership to Southbury" Now is the perfect time to discuss politics Southbury Resident and MaryAnn. Not your brand of "call everyone else a moron my guys the best" politics, but a look at the situations beginning with the flooding in March, Tropical Storm Irene (where Southbury Resident began posting his opinion that shelters weren't necessary) and this current storm. You will find vast differences in the way the town would be run and to counter the belief of our two resident "I'm smarter than you" naysayers, 2 more years of the same old would be devastating to this town. Southbury resident, are you aware your first selectman sent pictures of himself concerning this emergency to the local press today? No, you are not. Did you notice the pics on your first selectman's website showing him at the shelter opened after Irene? How about the pics from the 9/11 commemoration organized by the Boy Scouts and VFW? Did you see his pics with the local "wounded warrior"? All on his CAMPAIGN WEBSITE!!! Lose your attitude. When the candidate stops making emergency and solemn occasions political to make up for the last 3 years of dreadful incompetence, then maybe we'll stop calling him on it. But apparently, Editorial Boards have seen through the charade.

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