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Thousands remain without power following Friday's storm

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Nor'easter cleanup continued in Old Saybrook on Monday. (WFSB) Nor'easter cleanup continued in Old Saybrook on Monday. (WFSB)
OLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) -

Thousands of customers remain without power following Friday's powerful nor'easter.

The storm brought snow, heavy rain and strong winds across the state.

On Barnes Road in Old Saybrook, the road remained flooded on Monday.

Though the storm has been gone for days, its impact is still being felt.

A coastal flood advisory has been issued for the shoreline from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The rain and wind downed trees and powerlines up and down Connecticut's coast.

Friday, lines and limbs fell in front of a home on Middletown Avenue.

Firefighters said they also had to rescue a person whose vehicle became stuck in flood waters.

In Westbrook and Old Lyme, water levels rose with the tide. People there said they had to brace for a rough afternoon.

Eversource crews said they've been working to restore power to thousands of customers. They said they were tasked with fixing about 500 broken utility poles and 87 miles of downed lines.

There's still more work to be done because some of the repairs are extensive.

"We continue to make progress, we continue to have a number of outages especially in the lower Fairfield County a lot of tree damage down there. A lot of wind-related damage, but our guys are on the job and as we always do we'll stay on the job as long as it takes," said Mitch Gross, spokesperson for Eversource.

He said crews have come from near and far to help, saying "We have them from as far away as Mississippi and Canada and they've come from all over."

On Monday evening, there were still more than 2,000 customers without power.

Even though the Department of Transportation shut down Route 154 at high tide on Monday when water started flooding the road, drivers ignored the cones.

When the road flooded last Friday, the fire department came to the rescue.

Flooding here is an ongoing battle for local residents like Pat Dorme.

“When it’s like this, they put the cones up people move them and come down,” Dorme said.

Channel 3 checked out several shoreline towns during high tide on Monday, like Mystic, and Groton Long Point. 

Luckily there were no problems, only in Old Saybrook.

Now the Old Saybrook fire department has a new tool in its arsenal of rescue equipment to retrieve motorists stranded in flooded waters.

It’s a used 1991 all-wheel drive military truck that can go anywhere.

Department members spent hours over the past year equipping the vehicle to answer the call on nearly any kind of emergency where a fire truck can’t go.

During the recent nor’easter, Bill DeCapua said the truck went out “Saturday for a car stuck in the water.”

He said if they had this during Superstorm Sandy, it would have made a difference.

“There was one particular event during hurricane Sandy when there was a structure fire that we could not reach,” he said.

It was Chaulker Beach. The storm washed piles of sand into the beachfront homes, flooding the area, and when the cottages caught fire, firemen didn’t have a means to get equipment to it, until now.

The truck is so versatile it could practically go underwater. It could drive thru water that could be this deep as long as it doesn’t get inside that intake.

See more photos of damage from across the state here.

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