Shoreline towns prepare for Hurricane Sandy - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Shoreline towns prepare for Hurricane Sandy


Cities and towns are not taking any chances with the possibility of Hurricane Sandy hitting Connecticut.

Hurricane Irene caused hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage, so Barry Paterno decided to have a new bulkhead installed to protect his waterfront home on Chaulker Beach.

"I was kind of wondering if these guys were going to be doing enough work ... not to get damaged right when it gets finished," he said.

Many municipal leaders from Stonington to Madison are watching Sandy's progress and have preparation meetings scheduled for Thursday.

Some marinas have already started pulling some boats out of the water, however they may ramp up efforts later this week depending on which way the storm heads.

Stores that sell generators are making sure they have enough stock on hand in case they have a rush like some did during Hurricane Irene.

The Old Saybrook Police Department has topped off the tanks for its mobile command center and made sure all the onboard radios and electronics are functioning.

"We know we can only be successful in a storm when we work together - public safety and the citizens," said Old Saybrook Police Chief Michael A. Spera. "What people should be doing right now is taking inventory of their homes, documenting their valuables including things on the inside and outside of their homes... photographs and getting them in a safe spot out of the storms way."

Public safety officials are advising property owners to take pictures now before the storm hits, so they will have evidence to show the insurance company.

Paterno said he feels he's ready this time.

"Get everything inside. Button up as best you can and get out of here and hope for the best," he said. "Don't hang around and watch it."

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