Plan ahead, peak hurricane season is coming

Flooding in Stamford from Superstorm Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012. (WTNH Report It / Hilkka Schulz)

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s almost four years since Superstorm Sandy struck Connecticut, and one of the hardest hit places was Cosey Beach in East Haven. Some homes are still under construction.

Not only private homes are upgrading, but the town is also making it’s own improvements as we are coming up on the peak of hurricane season.

“It became very apparent that heights that used to be sufficient , no longer were for first floor elevation of homes,” said Chief Doug Jackson.

Jackson serves a dual role, as both the Chief of East Haven Fire Department and also the town’s emergency management director. Cosey Beach has one main access road, which is prone to major flooding during storms. Thanks to grant money the funds are now available to fix that issue on Hemingway Avenue.

“Managed to get some grant funding together,” Jackson said. “We’re going to raise the road. Will make a huge difference for access.”

The most intense hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. all occurred between August and September. The time is now to make sure you’re prepared and self-sufficient.

“Some food supplies, pet supplies, medicine, all of that,” Jackson said. “Have it handy. Available.”

There’s a plan for the a statewide emergency preparedness drill in October.

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