New Canaan Begins Challenge Of Recovering From Sandy

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This tree fell into a yard on Gower Road in New Canaan. The town is beginning to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Nicole Cribbins

NEW CANAAN, Conn.  – Hurricane Sandy has cleared out Tuesday and New Canaan will soon begin the process of cleaning up and making the town safer.

As of 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 5,950 Connecticut Light and Power customers in New Canaan were without power, making up 71 percent of the town’s utility customers.  Because of the outages and storm cleanup, all New Canaan Public Schools as well as the three private schools are closed.

Emergency Management Director Mike Handler told residents Tuesday morning that the day will be spent clearing major north/south and east/west roads in town as well as finding a way to get the 12 firefighters who are stuck at the Grace Community Church property back home. The firefighters were stuck in the northern part of town after responding to emergency calls in that area.

Handler said there were no reports of death or major injuries in town.  Emergency crews will also work to respond to the 40 calls to 911 that they were unable to respond to on Monday.

“This is going to be a challenging couple of days, but we have all available resources working,” Handler said in the message sent to residents in a reverse 911 call. “We have teams out assessing the damage and we will do our best to lift the curfew and provide power restoration estimates so that you can plan accordingly.”

The town has opened a shelter at the Lapham Community Center in Waveny Park, Handler said, and the town will also work on opening the New Canaan YMCA and New Canaan Library so people can take showers and charge electronic devices.

Check with The New Canaan Daily Voice for more information on Hurricane Sandy.
To send us your storm damage photos, email us at mmason@dailyvoice.com.

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