Public safety officials in Marshfield met with the town’s board of selectmen Monday night and presented an update on storm recovery efforts.
Police Chief Phil Tavares said while that there’s been substantial progress restoring power to about 2/3 of Marshfield residents, there are some still people without power that are staying at the shelter at the Furnace Brook Middle School.
“It’s warm. There’s food, there’s water – people are able to charge their cell phones there. It’s open right now. We had over 400 separate people come in for services; whether they were looking for batteries or wanted to stay warm for a while. We did have up to 160 staying overnight and as of now there are 80 people there that will be spending the night,” Tavares said.
Fire Chief Kevin Robinson said he still has some concerns about those residents who may be using alternatives such as gas stoves to try and stay warm.
“We’re very concerned about carbon monoxide – that’s the first thing. Alternative heating sources are not recommended and if that’s the issue, people can come up to the shelter and then be warmed and then go home, rather than to use that alternative heat source. It’s not a good idea at any time and now with the cold it’s an even worse idea, because you’re not getting air circulating and we’re very concerned about that,” Robinson explained.
As of last night, 38% of the town’s residents were still without power.