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Superstorm Sandy victims prepare for potential heavy rain, wind

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EAST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

With another potentially big storm headed for the state, shoreline residents are preparing.

Areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy are especially vulnerable, and residents in East Haven are preparing for anything that could come their way.

While the storm is still days away from landfall, neighbors said the waters are already uncharacteristically angry.

“When it gets this choppy, and you know a storm is coming, then you know you're going to get hit somewhat,” said Margaret Perricone of East Haven. “It goes all the way to the street. Then you got the creek on the other side, coming at you, so we got it from both sides. A lot of water.”

The Perricones are familiar with a lot of water, as they lost their porch during Tropical Storm Irene, and then they elevated their home by 10 feet, sparing them a lot of damage during Sandy.

Their neighbors are now doing the same thing, and working as fast as they can as Hurricane Joaquin sets its eye on the East Coast.

There is a bit of nervousness among the Cosey Beach community.

“A little bit, but my husband he just takes it as it goes. I mean, we've been here for 30 years,” Perricone said.

Former fire chief and emergency management director Wayne Sandford said the Wednesday morning soaking rain did the region no favors.

“This is exactly what happened in 1938. A lot of rain, stopped, hurricane came in, the ground was soft and the trees came down,” said Sandford, who is now a professor at the University of New Haven.

With days to prepare, his advice to the shoreline community, and even inland, is to protect windows first.

“Once you lose a window, the wind can come inside, and that's when we begin to lose roofs and other parts of the house,” Sandford said.

Perricone said she is doing all she can, but admits this is part of the deal she signed up for.

“You want to live on the water, you have to expect this, but we feel a lot safer now,” she said.

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