WILTON, Conn. As Wilton pushed through its first full day after Tropical Storm Irene, residents ventured out of their homes in search of water, a hot shower and Wi-Fi connections.
The Wilton YMCA opened its doors to everyone, member or not, to provide a place to shower, charge cell phones or take a break from the stress of the day.
"We're going to keep this up all week," said YMCA Executive Director Bob McDowell . "We've always done this. It's part of our social commitment. It's part of what we do."
McDowell estimates about 100 people took advantage of the Y's offer and dropped in Monday to use the shower facilities. Although the Y's phone system and its Wi-Fi capability were out following the weekend's storm, McDowell hoped to have both operational by Tuesday. The Wilton Y will be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the reminder of the week.
Over at the Wilton Library , Wi-Fi was available but the system was pushed to its limits, not allowing everyone to log on when they wanted to. The library's computers were able to access the Internet and officials even made additional terminals available in the buildings training room. Residents also took advantage of the buildings numerous outlets to recharge their cell phones. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Thursday and until 6 p.m. on Friday.
A sign on The Village Market's ice machine apologized for the lack of cubes but suggested its supplier might be back to regular capacity on Tuesday. Inside the store, shoppers found the bottled water shelves stocked.
That wasn't the case at Stop & Shop , where its shelves housed only a handful of bottles for sale by 4 p.m. Monday.
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