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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.

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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