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Shoreline towns prepare for potential impacts of Hurricane Joaquin

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NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut communities are preparing for rain, and lots of it, especially if Hurricane Joaquin hits.

Emergency management officials in Norwich visited businesses in low lying areas on Wednesday, to warn them to be prepared.

The East Great Plain Firehouse and all emergency operation managers in Norwich have been meeting regularly to talk about precautions.

"Right now we're looking at starting late Friday through Monday but it could change depending on the forward movement speed of the storm in the Gulf Stream,” said Gene Arters, the Norwich director of Emergency Management.

During the flood in 1982 and March of 2010, the Yantic River came right inside Irene’s Family Restaurant, which sits on the banks of the river.

"We had pumps that were pouring water out. We had a lot of people helping thank God. We had the town and the fire department all helping us,” said restauranteur Irene Marasiotis.

Norwich officials said they have planned more meetings for Thursday, and they are going to take delivery of more sand to make sand bags.

"Flood stage for the Yantic is 9 feet. We're preparing for the worst with the amount of precipitation forecasted for this weekend,” Arters said.

Shoreline communities saw what Superstorm Sandy brought, which is why people are preparing.

Bill Spicer, of Spicer Marine in Noank, showed Eyewitness News the high flood mark from Superstorm Sandy three years ago.

Since then, the marina has fortified their bulkheads and added a lot more stone on top of the jetty.

Sandy raised the water to the highest level since the killer hurricane of 1938.

"It was slightly higher than what Carol was in 1954, so I think we ought to pay attention,” Spicer said.

Director of Emergency Management for Groton Joe Sastre said he is watching the track of Joaquin.

"It’s either going to suck it in towards the shore ‘a-la Sandy,’ that's what we're really looking at right now,” Sastre said. "If we're going to get a storm Sunday to Monday kind of thing, the time to prepare for them is now."

Even though Joaquin is days away, towns like Groton are prepared. 

All departments are on alert and the equipment is being checked out.

The generator, which supplies backup power to the police department and the regional 911 center, is a critical piece of equipment and can’t fail.

Officials remind homeowners to check generators, secure outside lawn furniture and check sump pumps.

Track Hurricane Joaquin here.

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