Town breathes sigh of relief as initial indications show tragedy avoided

The time of peak danger for residents in flood areas has passed and, as of early Tuesday morning, there does not appear to have been any loss of life from the high tide flooding.

First Selectman Peter Tesei told the Post early Tuesday that he and his colleagues Selectmen Dave Theis and Drew Marzullo met with the Connecticut National Guard as they came to assist in Old Greenwich. The National Guard will be attempting to reach a couple stranded on Shore Road, which had been one of the areas marked for evacuation, but as of now Mr. Tesei said there does not appear to be any loss of life or serious injury suffered when waters from Long Island Sound breached the seawalls and spilled into areas of Old Greenwich and Cos Cob.

 

There had been fears that the high tides, which were far above normal due to Hurricane Sandy, would cause massive flooding and while there was flooding, it appears as of early Tuesday that tragic loss of life was avoided, Mr. Tesei said.

Mr. Tesei and town officials are scheduled to hold a briefing Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. and the Post will have full coverage of the beginning the cleanup effort.

As of now it appears the worst of Sandy has come and gone. Winds, which were measured at a peak of 72 mph, have died down and the storm has been downgraded.  And safer conditions means that work can begin on repairs that will restore power to residents. As of 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning, 20,787 residents, representing 74% of the town, were without power.  Repairs could not be made on Monday night because the high gusts of wind and other storm conditions made working on power lines unsafe. However, CL&P has said that it has the personnel on hand and will be able to make repairs once conditions allow them to begin. The process is expected to be a long one though and the town has said residents should be prepared to go without electrical power for days.

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