Mayor Jason L. McCoy today has announced that the shelter at Vernon Center Middle School (VCMS) has been closed. The shelter was opened on Saturday, October 29, 2011, in anticipation of Winter Storm Alfred, and it served as a refuge for over 350 residents. Additionally, the shelter at VCMS provided over seven thousand meals for residents in need.
As of this morning, 25 residents were utilizing the shelter at VCMS; these residents will be relocated to a shelter at the Rockville Church of the Nazarene (47 East Street). The shelter, expected to open at noon, will provide food and potable water for current shelter guests, and will be assessed for need on a twenty-four hour basis.
Residents without power should continue to report outages to Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) by calling (860) 286-2000. Residents can also call the number to obtain a direct estimate from CL&P with regard to power restoration. Members of the community should avoid downed power lines and report them to 9-1-1. In the event of a life threatening emergency, residents should call 9-1-1.
Residents who utilize social media can follow @MayorMcCoy on Twitter for live updates and information regarding Winter Storm Alfred clean-up. Additional information can be obtained at the town’s website: www.vernon-ct.gov/alfred.