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Stonington public works crews head to Misquamicut to help with storm cleanup


Public works crews from Connecticut are headed across the Rhode Island border to help with the cleanup at Misquamicut Beach following the damage left by Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy caused devastation throughout Misquamicut Beach with it leveling homes and pushing an estimated 150,000 cubic yards of sand in from the shoreline.

Crews in Westerly needed help to make a Dec. 8 deadline where all the debris had to be cleaned up. FEMA allowed them a 30-day window for reimbursement, according to city officials. 

"The more hands you have the easier the job goes," said Mark Altobelli of Westerly Public Works.

For the past week, Stonington volunteered a public works crew to come over to Westerly to help with the debris removal and cleanup efforts.

"Its great that everybody works together as a group because we all share the Misquamicut Beach," Altobelli said. "And we got to put our beach back together, so it means a lot to us that these guys are helping us out."

On Thursday, crews created more than 6,000 pounds of wood chips.

"Well, my tree is half the size it used to be and there was debris everywhere," said Paul Vuona of Westerly.

Vuona said he considers himself lucky to still have a house. There is still a lot of cleaning left to do. He said watching these crews help out from out of town gives him faith.

"You have these people come from all over the place," Vuona said. "They stop doing their daily life and they come here and they help."

Hurricane Sandy changed the landscape of Misquamicut Beach and left big piles of sand along the shore. The piles are expected to be reprocessed and then redistributed to the beaches by springtime.

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