Some Milford residents making preps for Hurricane Joaquin


MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – The view from the Point Beach neighborhood in Milford is one that people come from all over Connecticut to see. John Petrizzo and his wife Sue were so fond of the area they decided to purchase a home there this spring, its been a place for them to relax, just not right now.

The Point Beach neighborhood in Milford is no stranger to severe storms, having been hit in recent years by both hurricanes Irene and Sandy, but now with another storm in the forecast, this one called Joaquin, many here are concerned.

“I raised a house I did a lot of work on the house, spent a lot of money on the house,” said John Petrizzo. “I’m a little worried that we could have an issue.”

Joaquin, currently categorized as a hurricane, is brewing in the Bahamas and some forecast models suggest it has the potential to hit Connecticut. For, Stephen Marcus, whose home was put on larger foundation after super storm Sandy rolled through, has already begun planning for what he’ll do should Joaquin make its way to Connecticut. Marcus’ idea, find friends he can stay with that live further inland.

“You never forget having been displaced twice, you know, people here were refugees people lived in hotels for 8 months, 9 months, 10 months,” said Marcus.

But homeowners aren’t the only ones concerned about the possibility of a hurricane. Over at Milford Boat Works, a local marina, we met Bob Vucjack who had just finished adding extra lines and rubber tubes to his watercraft for just that scenario.

“There’s no way marinas can get all these boats out in one weekend so people are just going to have to hunker down,” said Vucjack.

Even though its not clear if Joaquin will make its way here some residents also told us they’re already in the works of contacting contractors to install wood paneling on their windows.

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