Storm Recovery Efforts Underway in Hamden
Hamden – The Hamden Storm Response Team and Mayor Curt Balzano Leng are advising residents that cleanup and recovery efforts related to the severe weather which occurred on August 27th, are underway throughout the Town. Hamden Public Works, Police, and Fire Departments are working diligently to ensure that road closures, flooded areas, downed wires and trees are safely resolved and that residents in need remain served. Hamden Police and Public Works are working directly with United Illuminating to allow UI Make-Safe Crews the opportunity to continue working toward infrastructure repair and then power restoration to Hamden residents. As of 8:15pm, approximately 10,000 Hamden residents are without power.
The Hamden Police Department has been providing regular updates to residents regarding closed roadways, downed lined, blockages, flooding zones, and other areas of interest and causes of concern. Residents are advised to look for the latest information by the Hamden Police Department on Twitter, Facebook, or on www.hamden.com. Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Merwede has been coordinating and preparing Hamden’s ongoing response, in conjunction with Mayor Leng, since before the storm arrived earlier this afternoon and now throughout recovery.
Mayor Leng stated, "Our Town was hit very hard today, and there was a lot of damage, but I’m very thankful that we do not believe there were any major injuries. Our residents can count on the fact that our Public Safety and first responder crews will be all-hands-on-deck and working through the night, and then as long as it takes to make our streets safe."
As always during storm incidents, Hamden residents are asked to keep the following tips in-mind (and be reminded that power outages are still occurring, so please be aware)
- CHARGE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES required for communication or entertainment.
- BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR. If you have an elderly, disabled or infirm neighbor, please take a moment to check in on them and ensure that they are safe.
- Residents are urged to clear off any near-by catch basin grates and/or drainage culverts of any loose debris or litter when possible and safe.
- Residents are urged to be aware of the potential for downed trees due to expected high winds. Should a tree come down on your property which poses a serious threat to your home or is blocking a roadway, please call 911 and the call will be dispatched accordingly.
- Residents should drive with caution and exercise responsible driving habits when approaching intersections without power or blocked roadways. Many intersections throughout Town are without power, including large sections of Whitney Avenue
- STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED WIRES AND ELECTRICAL UTILITIES
For up to date local information, please use the following media outlets:
WTNH – Channel 8 Fox 61
WFSB – Channel 3 WVIT – Channel 30
WKCI – 101.3 FM
WELI – AM 960 WPLR – 99.1FM
Social Media (Updated Regularly)
Facebook: “Town of Hamden”
FOR ANY NON-EMERGENCY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL (203) 230-4000.
IN THE EVENT OF A TRUE EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911.
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