On Thursday, Chuck Palmieri was cleaning mud off his Cosey Beach Avenue driveway.
"Didn't get any damage, a lot of mess, but no damage,” Palmieri said.
After rebuilding following Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy, he’ll take just a mess and no damage.
He has lived along the East Haven shoreline for 35 years, through hurricanes and tropical storms, but he said the wind and waves on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning were some of the worst he can remember.
"It was constant and really, really rough. I was afraid some of the debris might hit the window and break it, but we were lucky that way,” Palmieri said.
He has a water line on his garage that shows just how far the waves reached.
It isn't anything compared to what damage he had to clean up after Irene and Sandy.
"I had to redo the whole house on the first floor and a year later, we lost more and I had to do the house again," Palmieri said.
Others weathered the rough waters and rebuilt.
"Because we had a full moon, we had an extremely high tide, so there is a lot of seaweed, sticks, and debris,” said Dennis Spino of East Haven.
Three years ago, he was cleaning up after Sandy and Irene.
"When Sandy came along, I had really gotten hurt from Hurricane Irene," Spino said.
He was nearly done fixing his home when Super Storm Sandy crashed into the Connecticut coast.
While neighbors cleaned up after yet another storm, some said living along the water is starting to wear.
"I've got a for sale sign up there. I'm done. Living on the water is nice, but there is a lot of danger,” Palmieri said.
While the clean up is relatively minor, Thursday is the third anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, and there are plenty still trying to rebuild and recover.
A delay in FEMA funding still has people recovering. New houses and buildings are being rebuilt along the shoreline, and Kevin Finucane of Always Excavating CT said they will all meet the environmental specs.
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