Sandy’s Aftermath and Recovery

October 30, 2012

I just returned from a visit with the Governor on Cosey Beach in East Haven and wanted to share with you the latest information from our district.

The State of Connecticut has sustained severe coastal flooding and damagingwinds 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.

United Illuminating – 1-800-722-5584

United illuminating – Crews are assessing damage, line and tree crews are working in tandem. They are using help from National Guard to clear debris. Restoration will begin on Thursday. 
Wallingford Electric, Report an Outage: 203-265-5055

East Haven High School remains open.

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:

East Haven:
The national guard is in East Haven to help provide protection.

The 7:00 pm curfew along the shoreline remains.

Due to public safety concerns following Hurricane Sandy, East Haven has joined the cities of West Haven, New Haven and now North Haven in postponing Halloween "Trick or Treating" this Wednesday evening to next Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Town officials have noted that all three municipalities have roads that are not completely open, and a significant percentage of residents also  remain without power.

An old section of the Sheehan building’s roof was damaged by heavy winds and rain from Hurricane Sandy, causing water to leak into classrooms and offices. While all other Wallingford Public Schools will reopen Wednesday, Sheehan High School will remain closed.

Sheehan will be closed to students Wednesday and Thursday. Teachers and administrators will be assigned to other duties for the day.

North Haven:
Postponing Halloween "Trick or Treating" this Wednesday evening to next Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Message from First Selectman, Michael Freda:

The Town is working closely with the UI and our Public Works Department to prioritize the safety of our roadways and residents. The UI "Make Safe Crew" in conjunction with our Public Works Department is focusing their initial efforts to remove fallen trees from roadways and de-energize downed wires. At present there are approximately 100 areas in Town with downed trees. After clearing roadways and de-energizing wires, crews will be going back into areas to work on power restoration. At this time we have 89 events with 2,893 homes without power. All efforts are being made to restore power as quickly as possible. Reminder, please stay away from downed wires.