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Hartford Escapes Severe Impact of Hurricane Sandy

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Hartford escaped the brute force of Hurricane Sandy on Monday, but about 1,600 residents were reportedly still without power, city officials said on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service downgraded Hurricane Sandy to a Tropical Storm. But the wind and rising tide from Tropical Sandy devastated parts of Southern Connecticut and the shoreline area close to Long Island Sound.

In Hartford on Main Street,  lights were on and many businesses were opened. The Connecticut Science Center  also opened at noon on Tuesday. All transit buses were operating in Greater Hartford. Outside the Hartford Public Library, a few children played on the steps, while they waited for the library to open. However, city officials closed all libraries, schools and city hall on Monday and Tuesday. They will reopen on Oct. 31.

As of noon on Tuesday, two percent of Hartford residents had power outage, according to Connecticut Light and Power.

The YMCAs in Greater Hartford were also closed. They will reopen on Oct. 31.

Although no uprooted trees or downed wires reported in the city,  one street light at the intersection of Blue Hills and Tower avenues was damaged. By 1 p.m. Tuesday, crews were already on the scene repairing the light.

Mayor Pedro Segarra said many damages were mitigated because of the emergency preparation.

“The City of Hartford was not hit as hard as other cities and towns in Connecticut but our preparation greatly mitigated the impact of Hurricane Sandy on our residents and will facilitate a quick and efficient recovery,” Segarra said. “We had all emergency crews activated early and we aggressively communicated to our residents the status of the storm at all times.”

In addition, Segarra said families can move forward with their Halloween plans. Now we are in full recovery and response mode and we are doing everything possible to return to normalcy. ”

The City of Hartford is extending Police and Fire Mutual Aid to other towns and cities in need of these particular recovery services, Segarra said.

Below are updates for Hartford residents and a list of what the city has done to address damage.

  • The Emergency Operating Center will remain operational until 3pm at City Hall, on the Third Floor.
  • A total of 20 fire vehicles traversed all 17 neighborhoods of the City of Hartford to assess roadways, walkways, and general safety concerns. All identified hazards are currently being prioritized and will be mitigated by Hartford employees, third party contractors, and CL&P.
  • Police Department is fully staffed and standing by at all CL&P locations. Service continues without any disruption from the storm.
  • City Forestry crew was deployed, supported by over 60 staff from Streets, Parks and Sanitation to assist with forestry and debris removal activities.
  • Licenses and Inspections Division staff is on call and responding as requests come in. Reported damages have been minimal.
  • As of 1:00PM, 1,600 still have no power; down from a peak of 3,500 during the storm.
  • We had a total of 9 people use City shelters. The shelters are now closed.
  • Trash collection will resume tomorrow, Wednesday, October 31, operating on a holiday schedule.
  • There are no reported deaths in Hartford due to the storm.
  •  Governor Malloy has reopened the Highways.
  • All Hartford Public Schools and City Offices will be open tomorrow Wednesday, October 31.

 Reporting by Ann-Marie Mesquita, Rhoan Wilson, and Rosa Perez.

TOWN CUSTOMERS AFFECTED % AFFECTED
ANDOVER 1398 554 39
ASHFORD 2169 2165 99
AVON 8692 5147 59
BARKHAMSTED 1744 1130 64
BEACON FALLS 2669 331 12
BERLIN 9624 298 3
BETHANY 2314 1546 66
BETHEL 8330 5847 70
BETHLEHEM 1857 1054 56
BLOOMFIELD 10030 2589 25
BOLTON 2221 1765 79
BRANFORD 16294 12888 79
BRIDGEWATER 959 939 97
BRISTOL 29478 226 0.77
BROOKFIELD 7845 6398 81
BROOKLYN 3561 932 26
BURLINGTON 3686 522 14
CANAAN 1281 641 50
CANTERBURY 2219 1699 76
CANTON 4939 1231 24
CHAPLIN 1105 100 9
CHESHIRE 11245 547 4
CHESTER 2055 2055 100
CLINTON 6986 6826 97
COLCHESTER 7019 4973 70
COLEBROOK 810 683 84
COLUMBIA 2440 1432 58
CORNWALL 1190 728 61
COVENTRY 5484 2969 54
CROMWELL 6969 78 1
DANBURY 35356 20759 58
DARIEN 7816 6871 87
DEEP RIVER 2417 2417 100
DURHAM 3082 269 8
EAST GRANBY 2603 856 32
EAST HADDAM 4821 4573 94
EAST HAMPTON 6078 2489 40
EAST HARTFORD 23151 4974 21
EAST LYME 9488 9216 97
EAST WINDSOR 6200 667 10
EASTFORD 878 284 32
ELLINGTON 7179 580 8
ENFIELD 19084 315 1
ESSEX 3921 2835 72
FARMINGTON 12221 1273 10
FRANKLIN 979 979 100
GLASTONBURY 15464 6870 44
GOSHEN 1893 357 18
GRANBY 4700 1045 22
GREENWICH 27918 23113 82
GRISWOLD 3376 1315 38
GROTON 8194 5064 61
GUILFORD 10786 9623 89
HADDAM 3898 1977 50
HAMPTON 865 586 67
HARTFORD 58053 1716 2
HARTLAND 869 166 19
HARWINTON 2503 1675 66
HEBRON 3909 3909 100
KENT 2113 487 23
KILLINGLY 8643 1240 14
KILLINGWORTH 2827 1466 51
LEBANON 2180 1575 72
LEDYARD 6587 4969 75
LISBON 1826 720 39
LITCHFIELD 4645 2039 43
LYME 1316 1268 96
MADISON 9056 8035 88
MANCHESTER 28650 2285 7
MANSFIELD 6694 5109 76
MARLBOROUGH 2626 2301 87
MERIDEN 27676 723 2
MIDDLEBURY 3375 595 17
MIDDLEFIELD 2148 557 25
MIDDLETOWN 22597 707 3
MONROE 7906 6860 86
MONTVILLE 7996 7996 100
MORRIS 1386 1075 77
NAUGATUCK 14336 1365 9
NEW BRITAIN 34181 285 0.83
NEW CANAAN 8375 6043 72
NEW FAIRFIELD 6017 4111 68
NEW HARTFORD 3237 2142 66
NEW LONDON 13736 6169 44
NEW MILFORD 13743 8600 62
NEWINGTON 14582 23 0.16
NEWTOWN 10906 8929 81
NORFOLK 1108 1016 91
NORTH CANAAN 1465 412 28
NORTH STONINGTON 2546 1798 70
NORWALK 29661 18432 62
OLD LYME 5454 4671 85
OLD SAYBROOK 6822 3277 48
OXFORD 5276 2269 43
PLAINFIELD 7102 1826 25
PLAINVILLE 9311 15 0.16
PLYMOUTH 5774 488 8
POMFRET 1875 696 37
PORTLAND 4571 257 5
PRESTON 2164 1655 76
PROSPECT 4002 134 3
PUTNAM 5093 531 10
REDDING 3903 3861 98
RIDGEFIELD 10677 10677 100
ROCKY HILL 9761 165 1
ROXBURY 1333 1203 90
SALEM 1904 1904 100
SALISBURY 2963 2004 67
SCOTLAND 712 460 64
SEYMOUR 7483 4145 55
SHARON 2146 519 24
SHERMAN 1972 1793 90
SIMSBURY 10121 4207 41
SOMERS 3992 875 21
SOUTH WINDSOR 11560 379 3
SOUTHBURY 9879 3229 32
SOUTHINGTON 19385 63 0.32
SPRAGUE 1416 1311 92
STAFFORD 6150 1385 22
STAMFORD 55694 30703 55
STERLING 1623 1197 73
STONINGTON 7991 7596 95
SUFFIELD 6030 233 3
THOMASTON 3754 475 12
THOMPSON 4576 1101 24
TOLLAND 6009 3061 50
TORRINGTON 18590 2000 10
UNION 455 104 22
VERNON 15682 1985 12
VOLUNTOWN 1298 661 50
WARREN 787 152 19
WASHINGTON 2637 1042 39
WATERBURY 50743 6082 11
WATERFORD 9564 6673 69
WATERTOWN 9999 556 5
WEST HARTFORD 28060 4175 14
WESTBROOK 4533 4129 91
WESTON 3808 3808 100
WESTPORT 12351 10838 87
WETHERSFIELD 12367 2118 17
WILLINGTON 2895 2565 88
WILTON 7320 5969 81
WINCHESTER 6124 1528 24
WINDHAM 10505 2914 27
WINDSOR 13125 1629 12
WINDSOR LOCKS 6275 140 2
WOLCOTT 6897 370 5
WOODBURY 5112 2358 46
WOODSTOCK 4088 2090 51
Total Customers Affected 456649 36

 

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