Sunday marks 5th anniversary of Hurricane Irene

Flooding in Bristol during Hurricane Irene in 2011. (WFSB file photo)

Sunday marked the five years since hurricane Irene ravaged the Connecticut coast.

Many homes were destroyed will flooding, with some houses even leveled by the storm.

Richard Shiffrin of East Haven spoke with Channel 3 when Irene first hit.

"25 homes just destroyed on Cosey Beach ripped apart sides of homes, just falling apart. Others falling into the sound. It was just awe inspiring," said Shiffrin.

East Haven and Bristol were two of the areas hardest hit.

20 businesses in Bristol along Broad Street were flooded and dozens of homes were destroyed in East Haven.

Power companies throughout the state said since Irene, they have changed how they handle emergencies. Now, they use strategies such as lining up mutual aid resources and mobilizing their power efficiently.

Since Irene and Superstorm Sandy, United Illuminating said it has "made significant investments to upgrade our electric system and protect it from storms and other threats."

The utility company said it is expected to spend $300 million through 2019. Those funs will "replace aging infrastructure, make our system more storm-resilient, and modernize systems and processes."

UI said it has "greatly expanded our ability to communicate with customers and municipal partners."

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