Simsbury public schools and the nearby St. Mary’s School on Route 10 have already been closed for the week, and now they will be closed on Monday, too.
“We don’t think the bus routes are safe,’’ said Glassman, adding that Sims-bury High School has become a major shelter that houses 1,500 residents. With the temperatures dropping Friday, the situation was not getting better.
The school schedule is fluid, but as of Friday night, Simsbury schools were scheduled to reopen on Tuesday — Election Day. Ballots are traditionally cast in multiple schools throughout town, but the voting has been consolidated to one location at the Henry James Memorial School in the center of town.
In the small town of Union along the Massachusetts border, First Selectman Andy Goodhall expressed his outrage Friday in an email that was sent to two Republican legislators in his district. He said that Union, which had one of the highest percentages of customers without power (86 percent as of Friday night), was supposed to receive additional crews that had been promised — and did not arrive.
“I have been lied to. This is unacceptable,’’ Goodhall wrote in his email. “Enough is enough. They should not make false promises! I have been patient and co-operative to this point. I promised I would be, unless I was lied to. I have been.’’
He ended the email with “HELP!’’
The Guard Moves In
On a tour of the region Friday, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited the cafeteria at Simsbury High School, which has been overrun by out-of-power residents who have been receiving free food in warm surroundings.
The damage was so bad at the height of the storm last Saturday that Glassman, the first selectman, was unable to return to her home because trees were blocking the roads. She slept at town hall on Saturday night.
By midday Friday, residents noted that there was relatively little progress in Simsbury. Townwide, 84 percent of customers were still without power.