Meteorologists expect heavy snow, high winds

Monroe Town Hall is located at 7 Fan Hill Road.

MONROE, CT — Weather forecasters predict this year’s first major winter storm will carry gusting winds of up 50 mph, while dumping about a foot of snow on the region from Monday to Tuesday.

Monroe’s public schools will be closed with no remote learning and First Selectman Ken Kellogg said town offices will also be closed, including Edith Wheeler Memorial Library and the Senior Center.

“The tax collector will be in the office tomorrow morning to accept tax payments that are due Feb. 1,” Kellogg said Sunday in a message posted on the town’s Facebook page. “Tax bills can also be paid online on the town website, or be left in the dropbox in the police lobby.”

The first selectman said heavy rates of snowfall could start as early as 9 a.m. Monday. He reminds residents to click on this link for reminders on storm operations and important contact numbers.

“As always, in an emergency call 911,” Kellogg said. “If the issue is not an emergency, but requires immediate attention, the best way to report it is to call our dispatch center at 203-261-3622. This will ensure that the proper departments are notified and the matter prioritized.”

Power outages should be reported to Eversource at 800-286-2000. Customers who signed up for Eversource’s two-way texting feature can send a text to report an outage and receive outage updates as they happen.

The Monroe Police Department posted a message on its Facebook page telling residents to stay clear of downed wires and to call 911 to report downed wires or any life threatening situations.

Line, tree crews ready to go

In a press release issued Sunday, Eversource said it will have line and tree crews pre-positioned around the state to respond to any damage or outages caused by this storm. Out-of-state crews are being brought in to assist with restoring power, and customer care representatives are at the ready to take calls if needed, according to the energy company.

“We’ve been watching this storm for days and will adjust our plan accordingly,” said Craig Hallstrom, president of regional electric operations for Eversource. “The forecasts call for large amounts of snow and high winds, which may make travel conditions challenging for the crews.”

“We’re checking our equipment and supplies and staging the crews at our work centers across the state to ensure we’re ready to repair any damage we may see from this storm,” he continued. “We also remind customers that restorations may take longer as we ensure the safety of our employees and customers while continuing to work under the challenging conditions related to the pandemic.”

Eversource says it continues to operate under its COVID-19 pandemic plan, adhering to its strict social distancing and safety measures.

Eversource natural gas customers should be aware that some natural gas heating systems may be affected by a power outage and it’s important to keep gas meters and outdoor vents clear of snow and ice buildup, according to the power company’s press release.

“Customers should carefully remove snow and ice with a broom or by hand,” the release says. “Do not use a shovel or kick the gas meter, which can damage the meter. Customers should also immediately leave their home or business if they smell gas and call 911.”

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