Eight days after Hurricane Sandy, more than half of Warren's residences are still without power. Crews have cleaned up many of the lines and trees that were down, but frustrations are growing as the outage continues.
1. Take the kids to play
Schools are out today and tomorrow (at a minimum), but Central School is open as a shelter from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Parents can find warmth, coffee and Internet, kids will find games in the gym. (Note: this is a change from the original reporting—ALT does not have power now.).
You can also make a date at the Bounce Factory, which has expanded the open play times—but reservations are required and it fills up fast.
2. Roads are open, or closed
As the cleanup continues, you'll find some roads opening...and then being closed again. King George Road is open from Morning Glory to Mt. Horeb roads, and this morning, Morning Glory Road was open...or at least passable: the barricades on the north end have been pushed to the side to allow traffic but the road is blocked at Route 22.
3. Major work underway on Warrenville Road?
After enjoying power all week, residents near Warrenville Road were plunged into darkness yesterday. All indications are the shut down was done to allow work crews to complete repairs along the road and nearby that will (we're hoping) bring many power back to many residents.
JCP&L is reporting about 1,000 customers had service restored in the last 24 hours—and big improvement but still leaving 2,219 without it.
Be sure to keep on eye on your neighbors—if the power comes on next door, but not at your house, the problem may be caused by damage to your meter or house connections. You'll need to report the continued outage (JCP&L: 1-888-544-4877; PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734)
4. Courtroom warming center is closed today
Since voting had to be moved to the courtroom from the library, the room can't be used as a warming center today—head to ALT. The warming center reopens Wednesday.
Voting is being held at Stonecrest, but you can still stop by for Internet access.
5. Don't forget to vote
It's been a challenging week and long election season, but today's the day that matters most. Be sure to make voting part of your day.