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Snow storm forced crews to stop debris cleanup in Milford

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MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Snow and high winds battered Milford and snow pulled city crews away from Storm Sandy restorations.

For many residents, the storm could not have come at a worse time for them. Skip Ziebell has cracks in his home's foundation, a toppled shed and a desire to get back to normal after Hurricane Sandy.

"This house here had 2 feet of water in it, basically downstairs is wiped out," he said. "My main house, this is a rental, had 3 feet of water so that's destroyed."

And then the nor'easter hit Connecticut.

"At first I thought it was like kicking a guy when he was down, but then when you think about it, that's Mother Nature's way of putting fresh water back on plants and stuff that you lose with the salt water," Ziebell said.

After Hurricane Sandy pushed tons of sand on the city's streets, crews have been trying to remove it. However, once the nor'easter hit, crews started snow removal.

"It diverted our efforts from storm recovery and debris removal," said Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake. "Public works was diverted and had to go into storm mode, shoveling the sidewalks, plowing the streets, sanding the roads."

Hundreds of homes were heavily damaged during the hurricane and that includes some like Ziebell's, being flooded with water.

"It's unbelievable, it will melt the snow and help out all my shrubs," Ziebell said.

Another Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Fair with FEMA, the city's building department and insurance companies will be held on Nov. 10. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Parson Gymnasium on West River Street.

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