As of 5:00 pm Wednesday March 14, 3907 or 43% of residents in the Town of Brewster remain without power. This is down from a high of 93% earlier this afternoon. At this time crews from Eversource are in Town and working on full restoration which for some areas may take until Thursday or Friday. Several major transmission lines remain down and out of service including a Harwich electrical sub-station. Unfortunately at this time there is no estimated time of restoration being given by Eversource.
All roads have been made passable by crews from the Department of Public Works, Water Department, and Natural Resources. The Fire Department has responded to approximately 100 requests for service in the past 36 hours and the Police have also been as busy responding to and managing a number of police related incidents.
The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Group has opened the Cape Tech regional shelter in Harwich (Cape Tech Regional High School) for Brewster residents. Red Cross is on scene and providing services at that location. Pets in crates or carriers are being accepted. Parking is available. For transportation assistance residents should call the Brewster Police Department at 508-896-7011 and arrangements will be made. It is unknown at this time if the shelter will remain open tomorrow (Thursday March 15).
- In a storm of this magnitude downed primary and secondary wires may still be energized. DO NOT MOVE OR TOUCH THESE WIRES!
- DO NOTrun a generator within any area of your home or heat your home with your gas stove. The fire department responded to numerous instances of high carbon monoxide levels in residences due to these reasons during the storm.
- Roads have been barricaded for your protection. Do not move or go around them. They may be blocking an area of a road that remains hazardous.
- The Fire Department is dispatched by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center. To report an emergency residents MUSTcall 911. During a storm of this type the fire department will not be available to answer our local phone number. Do not call direct to fire headquarters for an emergency. This may delay our response.