Homeowners in Milford were still cleaning up and dealing with power outages Wednesday and after a nor'easter hit Connecticut, many of them will be watching the waters and hoping to avoid another storm surge.
The Milford Public Works Department has been hauling out debris for six days straight to protect homes from flying debris. The crews have removed two times the amount they had to during Hurricane Irene.
Many of the homes on East Broadway are unlivable and residents were concerned about high tide and rising waters.
"Well, we're concerned about how high the tide is going to come," said homeowner Brett Kippur. "Hopefully it looks like it might be OK."
On Wednesday, gas crews restored Kippur's hot-water boiler after a few inches of water filled his home.
"It's weird, it kinda looks like a ghost town," said William Kane about East Broadway.
Residents in low-lying areas of flood zone 1 are being asked to evacuate or at the very least move their cars to higher ground, according to an automated call sent out by the city. Evacuations are on a voluntary basis.
"I tell ya, this area cannot catch a break," said Andrew Kane of Milford.
The Kanes still did not have power on Wednesday because their electrical box was submerged during Hurricane Sandy. An electrician needs to clear the house before the power can be turned back on and the family is living off a generator.
"There are folks who's meters got submerged because of the flooding and we're working with them to get them up and running within the day," said Milford Mayor Ben Blake.
Extra building inspectors have been called in to help get power back to homes in Milford.
The emergency operation center in town is still open and will remain open during the duration of the nor'easter.
"I think everybody's come a long way in a short period of time," Kippur said. "I think the city's done a great job too."
The high winds had caused power outages and a transformer fire Wednesday. Many residents on East Broadway were still without power.
"We haven't gotten power back yet and we were kinda hoping to get it yesterday but I mean, after this is coming I don't think we're going to get it back for awhile," said Tahndie Webb of Milford.
The warming center on Jepson Drive was closed Tuesday night, however, city officials reopened it on Wednesday because of the cold temperatures and lack of power in portions of the city. It will remain open overnight.
"Lets just cross our fingers and hope everything works out for the best," Kippur said.
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