Joshua Brobst of Auburn works on a school project at the Auburn Senior Community Center on Pettengill Park Road on Monday morning. The Baxter Academy student had no power or internet at his home so he packed up his laptop and brought it to the center, which was open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday for power, heat and showers. The center is a stop on the Citylink bus service. No pets are allowed. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

AUBURN — Due to widespread power outages that continued into Monday, city officials offered the Auburn Senior Community Center as a temporary warming shelter and charging station Monday.

According to Recreation Director Sabrina Best, who oversees the center, only three people had taken advantage of the space as of 3 p.m.. All were looking to charge their devices.

The city issued a news release late Sunday regarding the shelter. The community center, located behind Hasty Community Center at 48 Pettengill Park Road, would be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., offering a chance for residents to warm up, charge electronic devices, use the internet and access restrooms and showers.

As of Monday morning, Central Maine Power estimated 1,400 customers in Auburn were still without power, but that number had dropped to 350 by roughly 3 p.m.

City Manager Phil Crowell said due to the numbers, the city will not offer the warming center Tuesday, but will accept “phone call requests for scheduled times for the showers or access to water/charging.”

He said the remaining customers are expected to get power back by Tuesday morning and a small fraction by Wednesday.

“If someone needs assistance we encourage them to call and we will do what we can,” he said.

Auburn Recreation can be reached at 207-333-6611.

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