As shoreline recovers from Sandy, another threat looms

Nov 7, 2012

INTRO: A Nor’easter hit Connecticut today with snow, sleet, rain, and strong wind gusts. The state is still recovering from damage caused by hurricane Sandy. And as WNPR’s Neena Satija reports, some shoreline towns are concerned it will hamper their recovery efforts.

About 1200 people in the town of Greenwich still don’t have power after last week’s storm. This storm is expected to cause more problems for the region.

“This is the longest our emergency operations center has ever been opened in its history," said Dan Warzoha, Greenwich's emergency management director. "And I don’t want to repeat this anytime soon, you know?"

But it appears the center will have to remain open, as trees already weakened by Sandy have fallen during this latest storm.  Speaking on WNPR’s Colin McEnroe show, Governor Dannel Malloy said a storm of this magnitude could bring up to 100,000 new power outages to the state.

“This could end up being a big event," Malloy said. "A lot of it will depend on how many damaged limbs are out there, and whether they now come down, and that sort of thing.”

United Illuminating spokesman Michael West says the company is ready to respond. Because so many crews, including some from out-if-state are still working to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy, UI is actually better prepared than it might otherwise have been. "We actually have sandbagged a couple of our substations already, as we did during Sandy," he said.

The National Weather Service warned of some coastal flooding. It wouldn’t be nearly as severe as it was last week. But much of the infrastructure that was meant to protect against flooding, like seawalls, was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

For WNPR, I’m Neena Satija.

Read more in the Connecticut Mirror.