Hurricane Sandy Aftermath and Recovery

October 30, 2012

I wanted to share with you the latest information from our district.

The State of Connecticut has sustained severe coastal flooding and damaging winds as a result of Hurricane Sandy. 

State officials are assessing the extent of the damage and are mobilizing support. The scope of the damage done to Connecticut is dramatic.

Disaster declaration approved for four shoreline counties New London, New Haven, Fairfield and Middlesex will get federal money for help.  Sadly, four people have died in incidents related to the storm.

Highways – The driving ban on highways has been lifted.

Airport – Bradley International Airport is open.

Trains – Metro-North, Shore Line East and Amtrak intercity train services remain suspended.

Buses – all CT Transit systems are running except for New Haven and Stamford, Bridgeport and Milford.

Power outages are spread throughout the state totaling 640,759. No word on when power will be restored.

To report an outage please call :
CL&P – 1-800-286-2000

CL&P – assessing damage will continue through tomorrow. five staging areas have been set up around the state for restoration efforts. More resources are available this time around. CL&P continues to clear electrical hazards from roadways so they can begin to restore areas. 5,000 people are responding including line workers and service workers – electricians.


There is a wind advisory until 7 pm Tuesday evening.

There will be steady cooling for the next 4 days with highs in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s by Friday night.

All state workers are being advised to return to work Wednesday.

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Connecticut Insurance Department Storm Sandy Web link:

The state Dept. of Public Health is offering tips on storm aftermath safety regarding flood water, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, food safety, drinking water, sewage back-ups, and the well-being of family, friends, and neighbors.Read the tips here.

For more information on Hurricane Sandy recovery, go to


Schools, like many others in the region including Cheshire will re-open Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The school district was closed for two days due to the threats of damaging weather from Hurricane Sandy.

Here’s the full message from School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr., posted on the school district’s website:

Presently, all schools are with electricity; therefore, Southington schools will be open on time on Wednesday.  Bus routes have been checked today, schools will be monitored throughout the evening, and I am confident that we will have a normal, uneventful opening in the morning.
Thanks to so many safety officials who have assisted the school board over the past two days.
Please feel free to give me a call at my home phone this evening if you have questions or concerns pertaining to our return to school on Wednesday.  I can be reached at 860-417-3679


Town offices and facilities opened at noon on Tuesday.

The emergency shelter at the Parks and Recreation Youth Center closed Tuesday morning. 

According to Town Manager Michael Milone’s office, three people utilized the shelter. It opened at noon on Monday.

There will be no trash collection Tuesday.

"Collection for Tuesday will be made on Wednesday, and the remainder of the week will be delayed by one day," states the Cheshire town website.


Waterbury schools will be open on Wednesday. 

*information compiled through municipal websites and news reports