NEK HUNKERS DOWN - SCHOOLS CLOSED
WATERBURY – A state of emergency remained in affected Monday as Vermonters hunkered down and waited for the arrival of hybrid storm Sandy.The state emergency operations center started opening around 7 a.m. Monday and was fully opened by noon. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) held a telephone conference with the mayors throughout the state to get ideas on their community’s preparations and what, if anything, the DPS could do to assist them. DPS also held a telephone conference with various legislators to obtain input on any identifiable needs in their communities.Over the past several days, DPS Commissioner Keith Flynn has been in frequent contact with Gov. Peter Shumlin and will continue to monitor what DPS is doing and the state’s preparations.As of late Monday morning, all of the Vermont’s Public Safety answering points were fully staffed. As of 5 p.m., Monday, every trooper in the state was either on duty or in standby status and all detectives were be in first response mood. It is not likely the state will get the rain as quickly as it did with Tropical Storm Irene, but Vermonters will need to be aware of potential flooding to some degree. The storm will likely bring high speed winds.Throughout the week, the DPS has been in contact with officials from Vermont Yankee, where plans are in place regarding hurricane threats.“At this point, we’re getting no indications from Vermont Yankee that it’s different than any other day,” said Flynn. “They have back up power to operate the facility as necessary.”As of late Monday morning, the state had no plans to shut down roads, but officials recommends to avoid unnecessary travel. North Country Supervisory Union is closing all schools Tuesday and may reopen Wednesday if power is restored or remains on. Orleans Central Schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.