From State Rep. Tim Whelan:
Updated information from 10am conference call I just completed with Barnstable County Emergency Management: PLEASE SHARE
Obviously is much improved. Winds have dropped below the OSHA 30mph bucket truck restriction so crews are all over the Cape attacking downed lines and trees.
Statewide there are 140,000 outages. 95,000 of those are on the Cape & Islands. Eversource has 296 crews here, including 125 tree crews. The Harwich Transfer Station issue has been repaired, restoring power to many, but many more outages are the result of downed lines. Those lines are being attacked by crews as we speak. Communities in the mid-Cape are particularly hard hit. This will be a multi-day restoration effort. Until we are all out of the woods, please take care of each other. Check on your neighbors, particularly seniors and families with small children or medically challenged folks. When faced with the worst, Cape Cod continues to show our best. We take care of our own.
Shelters will remain open at Sandwich High School, Barnstable Intermediate School, and Cape Cod Tech. Over 160 folks were sheltered overnight with the greatest number at Cape Tech. The shelters will remain open so long as the need is profound. The County will make a decision on sheltering later today so stay tuned.
All shelters are animal friendly so bring your pets and check them in with the DART volunteers before reporting on yourself. There is plenty of parking if you can self-drive. The CCRTA is assisting with transportation for folks who cannot drive/get out of their driveways. You can get a ride by calling the BUSINESS/non-Emergency line for your local police or fire.
Additionally, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Government Center will be opening as a warming center at 11am. It is located at 483 Great Neck Road South. The Red Cross will be on site at noon providing lunch to folks.
Governor Baker is coming to Cape Cod this afternoon to meet with local and state officials and to press the utilities to restore service with all possible speed. I will be joining with him and his staff to advocate for the four towns in the 1st Barnstable district (and the Cape & Islands as a whole) which have been so severely impacted by this storm. The efforts are ongoing and we will remain vigilant and advocate like crazy to get everyone re-powered ASAP. Having the Governor come here to press the case for us is hugely helpful and I appreciate he and his staff making us their priority as our community recovers from this storm.
In the meantime, I hope this update is useful. We have another conference call at 4pm and I will provide another update then. Please stay informed. Many questions remain as we go through the day. When will power be restored in my neighborhood? How long will the shelters be open? When is it safe to go out to the store? Does the store have power? Where can I get fuel for my generator? Will school be cancelled in my community? We don’t know any of these answers yet so please stay informed. I’ll do my very best to get you as much info in as timely a manner as I am able.