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Durham Activity Center to Open as Emergency Center at Noon

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, 263 Connecticut Light and Power customers in Durham were still without power as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

 

The Town of Durham will open the Durham Activity Center as an emergency center at noon on Tuesday in response to power outages due to Hurricane Sandy.

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, 264 Connecticut Light and Power customers in Durham were still without power as a result of the storm, or 8 percent of the town.

Emergency officials decided Tuesday morning not to open the town's emergency center at Coginchaug High School, but to open the facility at 350 Main Street.

Water, MREs and charging stations will be available until 8 p.m., but no showers will be offered.

A decision on whether schools will be open will be made later Tuesday when the condition of the town's roads can be accessed, according to Superintendent Susan Viccaro.

CL&P crews continue to work to restore power in Durham, including on Edwards Road and Blue Hills Road. There is no timetable for complete restoration.

A regional emergency shelter is available to residents at Haddam Killingworth Middle School.

Donia Viola November 01, 2012 at 07:54 PM
For several years now the emergency shelter has been operating at Coginchaug Regional High School since the move from the former location of Strong School. It is a sad fact that Haddam Killingworth Middle School became our "regional shelter" during Hurricane Sandy. The people from the towns of Durham and Middlefield who lost power should be outraged since the familiar roads mostly travelled by our residents do not include Haddam/Killingworth, and yet we were expected to go that route (pun intended) in unsafe conditions and, for some, not knowing where to go since it was previously announced in the Middletown Press that CRHS would be opening on Wednesday because of the storm. The recorded message only confused the issue. Perhaps the Durham Activity Center was selected because the flu clinic was scheduled for this past Tuesday and the response numbers to this event would make the officials look good. I think these same so-called leaders should be looking for another job even before the next election.
Michael Hayes November 01, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Donia Please keep in mind that opening the shelter at Coginchaug HS takes an incredible amount of resources and manpower, which in Durham and Middlefield means volunteers. There's a lot more that goes into the decision of whether to open the shelter than you seem to understand here. In fact, opening the Durham Activity Center was the result of that decision making process, and not, as you say, to make officials look good. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, as an outsider Durham's response is about as good as it gets.

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