Freezing cold temperatures continue to welcome new year, perfect for Darien pond hockey
A hazardous weather outlook is in effect for Southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey and southeast New York for today and tonight due to the freezing temperatures. Wind chill values will fall to -5 to -15 degrees Sunday night, New Year's Eve, into Monday morning, New Year's Day. Aquarion made robo-calls Saturday warning customers to take precautions that pipes don't freeze. Some of those precautions include making sure pipes near un-insulated walls are insulated themselves, keeping the heat on to a minimum when you leave the house, and turning the water on and off periodically. For more tips, visit Aquarion's web site for advice on how to prevent freezing pipes.
Several were not deterred by the freezing temperatures, enjoying a game of pond hockey on the frozen Gorham's Pond. The Center for Disease Control offers tips for staying safe outdoors in cold weather.
Don't forget to check on elderly or infirm friends, family or neighbors in freezing cold weather, and never leave pets or animals outside in these kinds of temperatures. The cold temps continue throughout the week other than Wednesday, when they hit a "balmy" 29. Snow is also in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Currently, the town has no plans to open warming centers and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said she continues to monitor the situation with the Department of Human Services and the emergency management office. If the need arises for the vulnerable, that might change. In addition, Stevenson said if residents lose heat, they should immediately call their service providers. If a lack of heat persists, she said residents should call the Darien Police Department's non-emergency number (do not call 911) at (203) 662-5300 and they will be connected to help.