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Preparations for Hurricane Sandy are under way in Stonington

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Officials in Stonington are already preparing for high winds and heavy surf from Hurricane Sandy.

In anticipation of the high winds, town officials have hired contractors to cut down 10 trees that have already been tagged, so they are not taken down by the storm.

To avoid flooding problems, residents have been asked to rake leaves away from catch basins and street drains. Public works crews will be making sweeps on Saturday to remove leaves from neighborhoods.

Trash barrels have been picked up because with high winds, they could become airborne and cause damage.

Hundreds of sand bags have been packed by the town and will be distributed over the weekend to fire hours in town. About 2,000 sand bags will be needed to seal the steel dike doors that would keep a high tide from flooding the village of Pawcatuck.

"I think its going to go south of us. From what I've seen," said boater Tom Smith. "I think Jersey is going to get hit."

Waterfront property owners have been warned to bring in lawn furniture and secure anything the wind or surf could take.

"We had a hole in the breach water last year with Tropical Storm Irene," said First Selectman Ed Haberek Jr. "So we have very difficulty when we have high tides and get those high seas along with it. We're very concerned about that."

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