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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Shelters, centers meet needs in communities


The warming center at the Public Safety Complex, 177 Amherst St., is open Wednesday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Emergency management director Brian Gleason said packaged bottled water arrived Tuesday afternoon and is now available to visitors. The closest shelter for those needing overnight accommodations is at Nashua High School North.

All SAU 39 schools are closed again Wednesday. Gleason said the decision was made to give line and tree-clearing crews another day free of bus and other school traffic.

Almost 64 percent of Amherst was without power Tuesday, down from a peak of 85 percent Sunday.

PSNH was in the process Tuesday afternoon of setting up a satellite command center in Amherst, Gleason said, adding that the location is not being released at this time. Crews will be organized, dispatched and assigned to different areas of town, allowing for a more speedy, comprehensive restorative process, he said.

Residents who have or can access power and Internet services are urged to make frequent checks of the town Web site,, and link to the Code Red system for the latest updates.


In Bedford, the Public Safety Complex warming center will be open 24 hours at 55 Constitution Drive as long as it is needed, according to police.

Residents can find bottled water at the complex and bring containers to be filled with water for other purposes, police said.

For shelter, residents were directed to Manchester Memorial High School, Londonderry High School and Nashua High School North.


In Brookline, the Fire Department was transformed into a warming center and meal site shortly after the storm hit.

Public safety and school officials decided Tuesday to activate a Code Red Alert, the reverse 911 system, to update residents who have been without power since Saturday night.


Residents are invited to use the Lawrence Barn as a warming center, and they may use the town’s stump dump, which is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Saturday, to dispose of debris.

The lights and heat aren’t likely to go on until the end of the week.

According to emergency management director Don McCoy, Public Service of New Hampshire has estimated that power in the town will be almost completely restored by midnight Friday.

McCoy said residents could use the rest rooms, charge phones, get water and warm up at Lawence Barn. There is no Internet service there, however.


Residents can recharge devices and get water during open hours at town buildings, including fire stations. Bring clean containers for water. For those needing overnight shelter accommodations, the closest shelters are at Nashua High School North and Londonderry High School on Mammoth Road.


Campbell High School will be open again Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. for showers, electric device charging, and dinner generously provided by the Lions Club. Officials ask residents to share the information with others who can’t access the Internet.

PSNH advised town officials it expects 95 percent of Litchfield customers to have service restored by midnight Thursday


Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The library has Wi-fi and coffee. Its phone number is 424-5021.

John O’Leary Adult Community Center, 4 Church St., also is open. Call 424-6306 for more information.


Milford’s warming station at the high school closes at 8 p.m. Tuesday, but people can call the school at 673-4201 and arrange to take a shower during the day.

Also, Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Clubs offers $12 guest day passes for those who come in with a club member.