Submitted by the Town of Simsbury
[Update] October 31 at 9:00 p.m.
Simsbury Superintendent of Schools Matt Curtis announced this evening that Henry James Memorial School will be open on Thursday. Parents of HJMS students were notified by an email sent by Curtis at 7:50 p.m. Wed. evening.
By 5:00 p.m. today, the number of Simsbury residents without power had dropped to 7% from 41% twenty-four hours earlier. Town officials continue to press CL&P for information about restoration times for the remaining 722 CL&P customers without power. CL&P has indicated that with the completion of its damage assessment tomorrow morning, it will be in a position to provide some timelines.
Sufficient progress has been made on power restoration for the Board of Education to reopen six of Simsbury’s seven schools. According to Superintendent Matt Curtis, all of the Town’s public schools with the exception of Henry James Memorial School will return to regular hours of operation tomorrow morning. If power is restored to Henry James with sufficient time to notify families, it may be opened as well – families with children at Henry James should await further notification from the Board of Education.
Traffic continues to be diverted away from Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury’s Town Center. Crews have been working throughout the day to install two new telephone poles and to restore power to lines which fell in front of the Town’s main Fire Station on Monday night. Emergency officials expressed optimism that the work would be completed this evening barring unforeseen problems.