Still without power? Here’s where you can cool off in greater Danbury
With a heat advisory in effect through Wednesday evening, towns in the Danbury area are opening cooling stations to help residents get some relief from the hot temperatures and high humidity.
New Milford residents will be able to get bottled water and cool off on Monday as outdoor temperatures heat up and thousands of residents are still without power.
The Maxx at 94 Railroad St. will be a cooling station from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the New Milford Senior Center will be a cooling station for residents at least 60 years old from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
The National Guard delivered bottles of water, which Water Witch Hose Co. is distributing at its firehouse. The department announced on its Facebook page Monday morning it will continue to offer potable water and ready-to-eat meals to anyone in need. Residents whose roads are still blocked can message the department their address and phone number and the volunteers will try to go to them, according to the post.
Mayor Pete Bass said Water Witch Hose, Northville Fire, Stay Fresh Laundry, Nutmeg Oil, United Methodist Church, Housatonic River Brewing, Tasty Waves, Tossed on the Green, Greca Restc and The Gift Shop of New Milford are all offering charging stations.
Wifi is available at Stay fresh Laundry, United Methodist Church, Housatonic River Brewery, Tossed on the Green. John Pettibone Community Center is also available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to 25 people at time. Masks must be worn.
Fresh Water is available at Water Witch Hose, Northville Fire, Arkham Shine Auto Detailing, New Milford Facilities and Maintenance, United Methodist Church, Housatonic River Brewing and The Gift Shop of New Milford.
Eversource outages by town
As of 2:40 p.m. Monday:
The café at Bethel Middle School, 600 Whittlesey Drive, will serve as a cooling center Monday and Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m. Charging stations will also be available.
Masks are required and social distancing rules apply, and custodians will disinfect the area at regular intervals, according to the town’s Facebook page.
The New Fairfield Senior Center, 33 Route 37, will serve as a cooling center until 5 p.m. Monday. Due to COVID-19 protocols, only 25 residents will be allowed inside at a time. In addition to mask-wearing and social-distancing, sign-up is required.
The town beach on Route 39 will be open free of charge Monday and Tuesday. Reservations must be made in person at the beach and are available on a first come, first served basis for 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 6 p.m.
The Danbury Fair Mall at 7 Backus Ave. is allowing people to come in to get some relief from the heat. There are also stations available for people to charge electronic devices.
The Carriage House on the Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church campus at 21 King Lane is open as a cooling station with power, water and wifi also available.
Masks must be worn at all times, and only 10 people are allowed in the cooling station at a time.
Kent’s Community Emergency Response Team has opened a cooling center at the Kent School Pre-Engineering Center in the old Cyberian Outpost building on North Main Street.
The cooling center will be open Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A charging station, bottled water and ready-to-eat meal distribution will be there as well.
Police Chief Mark O’Donnell said residents can go to the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road, to escape the heat.
The Southbury Senior Center, 561 Main St. South, will serve as a cooling center until 4 p.m. Monday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The firehouse at 100 Main St. South will serve as a cooling center Tuesday. There will also be charging and flushing water available.
On Wednesday and Thursday, cooling, charging and drinking water will be available at Hilltop Senior Center, 132 Hut Hill Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flushing water will be available at the firehouse.