City Reports Storm Damages; Restoration, Repair and Clean-up Work Begins
(10/30/2012) With the worst of Storm Sandy behind, City crews, contractors and public utility workers began work Tuesday to restore power and clean-up the City. As of Tuesday morning the City had received reports of:
• 5,413 power outages impacting 10 percent of City customers
• 107 streets blocked or partially blocked
• 195 down trees
• 172 wires down in public right of ways
• 39 out of 297 traffic signals out
“The worst of the storm is behind us. Now the hard work begins. Our first priority today will be safety: making wires safe, restoring power and opening public right of ways. While the worst of the weather has passed, hazards remain due to down wires and tree limbs. If possible, please remain inside today,” said Mayor John DeStefano Jr. “I want to commend our storm response crews for working throughout the night in dangerous conditions to protect residents.”
New Haven Public Schools, the New Haven Public Library and City Hall will remain closed Tuesday. The Registrar of Voters and City Clerk’s offices will open at noon to accommodate voter registration and absentee voting. The Governor has extended voter registration and absentee voting to Thursday. City staff will be contacting businesses today, visiting all major residential buildings and assessing damage to City properties.
As of Tuesday morning, two schools had sustained damage and eight schools were without power. Ross Woodward School sustained damage from a minor roof fire overnight related to an HVAC unit located on the roof. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The Sound School sustained water and wind damage. The Board of Education anticipates re-opening schools Wednesday. A decision will be announced by midday today. If a decision is made to close schools Wednesday, parents will be notified via normal methods, including Parent Link phone messages and postings via media and at www.nhps.net.
Fire stations are open to residents without power who need to charge equipment. Fire stations will also have limited wireless access for residents. The shelter at Career High School will remain open Tuesday. The Career shelter accommodated 159 residents Monday night; 22 residents spent the night at Jepson. The Jepson shelter closed mid-morning Tuesday when the last residents left.
Refuse pick-up is suspended today, Tuesday. Pick-up will resume Wednesday. Those on the Tuesday route will be served on Wednesday. Beginning on Friday, residents may leave yard debris for Department of Public Works staff to pick-up at regularly scheduled refuse pick-ups.
The City experienced a storm surge of seven feet above regular high tide at midnight last night. Forecasters are predicting a surge of approximately three feet above regular high tide at 12:10 p.m. today. While storm surges well exceeded those seen during Hurricane Irene, the surge receded before the midnight high tide sparing the City some of the worst case predictions.
“Please check on neighbors, friends and family and make sure everyone is safe,” said Mayor DeStefano. “Please be patient. Don’t go outside unless you need to.”
Residents may report down trees and wires by calling the Emergency Operations Center at 203-946-8221. Updates will be posted on the City website at www.cityofnewhaven.com, via Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofnewhaven, or via Twitter @MayorDestefano.
Contact Phone: 203-946-8221