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    Full Power Restoration Expected Wednesday, City Releases Preliminary Cost Estimates for Storm Sandy

    (11/6/2012) As of 1 p.m. this afternoon, 65 New Haven residents remained without power. United Illuminating is estimating full restoration by the end of Wednesday. The Emergency Operations Center is no longer staffed with call takers around the clock, but residents may continue to call 203-946-8221 with storm-related concerns and questions.

    Preliminary estimates show the City spent approximately $1.3 million on storm preparation, response and clean-up. Estimates include 1,708 hours of Department of Public Works overtime, 1,330 hours of Fire Department overtime and 3,179 hours of Police Department preparing for the storm arrival. Parks Department workers booked 927 hours of overtime related to the storm cleanup, as well as 300 hours prior to the storm’s arrival.

    Preliminary estimates show City and Board of Education property sustained approximately $1.58 million worth of damage during the storm, including damage to six public schools. Among the damaged school property include the auditorium roof and ceiling at Career High School, the roof at Celentano School, the roof at Microsociety School, the flagpole at Truman School, the roof of Ross Woodward School and damage to waterfront properties at Sound School.

    While Parks Department employees were able to remove parts of the carousel for safe-keeping during the storm, the building and carousel deck sustained damage. Long Wharf Park experienced significant erosion, as well as damage to the pier, boathouse and visitor’s center. Street lights and traffic signals were also among the list of damaged property.

    The City carefully tracked all storm-related expenses throughout the storm. Prior to the storm, the City photographed and documented the conditions of buildings likely to sustain damage in the anticipation of federal disaster relief funding.

    “I am optimistic that the vast majority of storm-related expenses and damages will be eligible for FEMA reimbursement,” said Mayor John DeStefano Jr. “These expenses were necessary and appropriate to keep New Haven families safe throughout the storm, and to make sure New Haven schools and workplaces could reopen.”

    The City is continuing to seek federal and state assistance for an East Shore seawall intended to protect 10 waterfront homes from future storm damage. An application to the State Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the pass through agency for federal Hazard Mitigation Grant funds, was denied. The City is continuing conversations with DEMHS staff and hopes the application may be reconsidered.

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200

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