After Hurricane Sandy and a nor'easter, officials in Old Lyme are keeping a close eye on the town's storm budget.
On Wednesday morning, Hawk's Nest Beach was a flurry of activity with heavy machinery moving large piles of debris and contractors working on protecting cottages.
"I've got the stop the tide from coming in today if it comes up high enough, they think it might," said Christopher Graham of Graham Brothers LLC.
The town has had to staff the Emergency Operations Center and make sure they have supplies ready for residents who might need them. The expenses created by the storms have taken a toll on the town's budget.
"We have funding available to do a quick response," said Old Lyme Emergency Management Director Dave Roberge. "We pre-purchased, pre-staged, water, ice, other commodities, materials that the community would need."
Roberge said the town has a contingency storm budget of $20,000. Officials said they are currently under budget, but they expect they will need more.
"They've continued to support us for whatever we've asked for," Roberge said.
In the case of Hurricane Sandy, it allowed the town to rent heavy machine and show trailers along with buy food, water and ice for the respite center. Town officials expect to be reimbursed for what they spend through FEMA funding.
A declaration announced by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy last week will allow the counties of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London "to receive important federal assistance that will supplement the state and local recovery efforts."
The declaration will provide 75 percent federal funding for protective measures and debris removal taken by state and local agencies.
Residents along the shoreline are hoping to catch a break with the nor'easter this time around.
"We went from one extreme to the other. It's just relentless," Graham said. "I don't know what's going to happen for some of these people."
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