The Town of Darien has sustained extraordinary damage as a result of Saturday's storm, officials said Monday evening.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, approximately 3,500, or 45 percent, of Darien homes were without power. Due to the large amount of downed power lines, telephone poles and trees, travel remains treacherous. Police are still encouraging residents to stay home and avoid all but essential travel to allow emergency crews to work. Recreational pedestrian traffic and jogging is strongly discouraged since it presents a safety hazard.

Connecticut Light & Power, tree crews, the Department of Public Works and the Connecticut Department of Transportation are working to clear downed power lines and roadways. Priority is being given to major roadways to afford emergency vehicle access to all areas of town. Connecticut Light & Power has advised that power may be restored throughout Darien by late Wednesday evening. This may be subject to change as this situation continues to develop.

All Darien schools will remain closed on Tuesday, March 16.

Emergency shelter is available at Tokeneke School beginning at 7 p.m. Monday. Tokeneke School is located at the corner of Tokeneke and Old Farm roads. Residents planning to stay overnight at Tokeneke School should pack lightly with overnight necessities, including shower supplies. Access to showers is very limited. Cots, blankets and pillows will be provided. Light snacks will be made available. The shelter should remain open for at least 24 hours. If a resident has no means of transportation to the shelter only, call Darien Police Headquarters at 203-662-5300.

The town transfer facility on Ledge Road will remain open until 6:30 p.m. for the remainder of the week for debris disposal. Please be advised that tree limbs and brush placed at the roadside will not be picked up by the Department of Public Works.

Residents with septic systems are advised to monitor the systems closely and use water only as needed. Residents are also advised to keep cell phones charged, using a vehicle charger if necessary.

The police said residents' patience is most appreciated.

The Town of Darien will continue to provide updates via the CodeRED system and the `Nixle' network as necessary.