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.
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