The Federal Emergency Management Agency will open the Disaster Recovery Center in Groton on Sunday, to help people coping with damage from Hurricane Sandy.
The center will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Groton Senior Center on Sunday, and from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, said Joseph Sastre, director of the Department of Emergency Management.
The first step is to register and file a claim with FEMA by phone or online. The phone number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or for TTY/TDD users, 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day. You can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov
Other hurricane updates in Groton are listed below:
- The Red Cross shelter is open again tonight at the Groton Senior Center for people still without power and heat, and for those who need a hot shower or power for their electronic devices. The shelter also offers three meals and snacks. Fourteen people spent the night at the shelter Saturday.
- Crews have cleared enough wires that neighborhoods are no longer barricaded off and isolated. There are still low-hanging wires and trees or wires down in some places, so you may have to drive around to reach a neighborhood, but you can now get to it.
- As of 3:30 p.m., 1,034 residents still did not have power in Groton. Power was restored in Noank this afternoon.
- The school department will make a decision Sunday about whether to have school on Monday. School officials will tour the town to see if buses can complete their routes and get children to school. Sastre said the problem Friday was there were too many low-hanging wires and buses couldn't navigate around them. Groton has already used five snow days due to the hurricane.
“If I was a betting man, I’d say there’s an 8 out of 10 chance they’ll say they will have school,” Sastre said.