Madison, Conn. (WTNH) - As residents up and down the shoreline keep cleaning up their storm damage, state officials are looking at examples of the storm's fury and meeting with people who are still without power.
Madison's First Selectman led a tour of his town's beachfront where million dollar homes stand next to what is now a crumbling seawall. Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd Dist., were there to gather information.
"To see what they're suffering with and to see how we can help out," Lt. Gov. Wyman said. "We want to bring FEMA down here and we want FEMA to understand we have a lot of damage down here."
The force of the waves ate away at barriers and jetties up and down the shoreline, and the force of the wind toppled trees everywhere. One crushed part of a motel and many of them are on top of power lines. That's the biggest complaint.
"Power, power, power. I can understand that," Lt. Gov. Wyman said. "I don't have power either so it's time to get people's power going again."
In Old Saybrook, officials invited people without power to charge their cellphones and iPads at the High School.
"This is a lot like Little House on the Prairie," Glen Anderson said. "You don't have any power - except we don't have bathroom or a fireplace to cook on so it's really back to basics."
For the basic needs like a hot shower, they opened up the high school locker rooms. The men's shower is under renovation so they brought in an 8-stall shower trailer instead.
"Just everything we needed," Matt Gauvrit of Old Saybrook said. "Shower, hot water, things we haven't seen since Saturday."
And when will they see them again? Some of the state's top officials are wondering the same thing. They've asked for help not just from FEMA but also the Department of Energy.
"They have a program where they can re-deploy power and utility workers from other parts of the country," Rep. Courtney said. "Clearly we need more trucks and more folks on the ground dealing with this power outage situation."
So whether it's fixing damage or fixing the power lines so that everyone can get the lights on again, the answer seems to be the same - it's too early to know when things will get back to normal.
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