On Monday afternoon, things were pretty quiet in Ellington and Somers, though the wind and rain were starting to pick up a bit.
Only a handful of residents in Ellington and Somers had no power and flooding wasn’t an issue like it was on the shoreline.
Ellington Resident State Trooper Sgt. Patrick Sweeney said that the department had been busy, but nothing was major. Somers Resident State Trooper Sgt. Jose Claudio said all has been quiet so far.
Both the Ellington and Somers town halls closed at noon, as did the Somers Public Library and the Buckland Hills Mall. Flights ceased at Bradley Airport at 1 p.m. and the Indian Valley Family YMCA decided to close at 10 a.m. after originally opening as normal in the morning.
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The Somers Senior Center was closed, and there were no senior buses running. The transfer station in Somers was also closed and will be open on Thursday.
The Ellington Emergency Operations Center is open and residents can call 860-870-3182 for assistance or information about the emergency shelter, which will be at Ellington High School. The EOC in Somers will be opening at 6 p.m. and residents can call 860-763-7063 for information.
If Ellington residents need shelter now, they may use the Regional Emergency Shelter at the Vernon Center Middle School, on Hartford Turnpike in Vernon. Calls to this shelter will be handled by the Vernon Police Dispatch at 860-872-9126.
Most residents were doing okay, hanging out at home – the recommendation is that if you don’t have to be out, don’t be out – doing laundry, and making sure that everyone in the house was bathed before the power goes out.
A Patch reader said that the McDonald’s in Ellington was closed, but Ellington Agway Power Equipment informed its customers that it was planning on remaining open until 6 p.m. People can stop in to get chainsaws, parts, chains, oil, gas cans, fire starters and other storm supplies.
Readers are reporting that Cabela’s still has generators if people need them.
Due to the storm, trash collection in Ellington will be suspended for Tuesday and will run on a one-day delay schedule for the remainder of the week.
For all the latest information for Ellington and Somers residents, be sure to check out the information center.