The text of Mayor Jackson's telephone call to Hamden residents this evening updating the events of Hurricane Irene and related Town business:
"This is Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson calling with the latest information about Hurricane Sandy.
Hamden’s Emergency Shelter is re-opening tonight at 7 p.m. for residents at Hamden High School, 2040 Dixwell Ave.
There are nearly 8,000 household without power. At this time, United Illuminating is unable to give any estimated time for restoration of power. UI has stationed a dedicated make-safe crew in Hamden today, which has worked alongside our local Public Works crews to address live wires that present a public safety risk. The Town has crews ready to work as long as necessary, even through the night, to support UI and speed the safe recovery of power to all of our residents and businesses.
Hamden Public Schools are closed on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Town offices and the Library will reopen on Oct. 31.
The Town will not be canceling Halloween, but we caution all families that the conditions can be dangerous and shouldn’t be taken lightly. All children going out to trick-or-treat should be with an adult. Everyone needs to be vigilant in watching for wires, branches, and other hazards.
The Town will be extending voter registration for the November election through Thursday, Nov. 1. The Registrar’s Office will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursday.
The Town’s brush and leaf pick-up will be starting on Nov. 5. for private trees and brush that have come down during the storm, We ask that you please do your best to arrange or cut the storm debris to meet the standards for Town brush pick-up. These standard can be found on our website, www.hamden.com.
Remember, treat every downed wire as if it were a live electrical wire. As always, if you face a true emergency, please dial 911.