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.