East Hampton officials decided Wednesday they would reopen schools on Thursday, ending a three-day closure that started Monday, when Hurricane Sandy struck.
Assistant Superintendent Kevin Reich said the decision by Superintendent Judith Golden came around 2:30 this afternoon. While all of the town's schools are expected to have power back on today (the middle school was still without electricity earlier in the day), one of the issues officials had to mull was whether there were too many town roads that were impassable because of fallen trees.
Town ManagerMike Maniscalcohe will meet this afternoon with officials at the town's emergency operations center, in the Barton Hill Firehouse, to get an update on the town's power restorations and road clearing work. He said there are still at least two areas of town were trees are across roads.
According to CL&P's latest outage report, there are still 784 customers in town without power. That represents about 12 percent of the utility's customer base here.
In addition, the town's "comfort station" at the high school, where residents can take showers, charge up electronics and get a meal, is still open until 10 p.m. today. As of late this afternoon 55 people had visited the shelter today. The high school staff also was serving up hamburgers to those who came in.