Cities and towns preparing for potential flooding and high winds Saturday

Storm Team 8 Weather

Cities and towns around the state including here in New Haven say they are prepared for flooding and high winds — possibly bringing down trees and maybe even wiping out power Saturday.

It’s the calm before the storm along the shoreline.

Sunlight beams down on the sandy beach – but in a matter of days — the sights along the sound and around the state will be very different. 

“You know you’re going to expect something.”

Kristen Luzzi has lived in the bay view neighborhood of Milford for 18 years.

We have already put everything up in the garage, so I think the next step is going to be sandbagging the driveway against the garage door and front door.  We’ll probably do 3-4 stacks high.

Luzzi says her street fills up like a bathtub when storms roll through. 

“When the sewers fill up and the tides come over the birm, there is really no place for the water to go.”

In New Haven — the Emergency Operations Center is ready and assessing the forecast by the hour. 

“I think we’re going to get 30-40 mph wind gusts so our preps are to make sure we have tree crews on duty”, said Rick Fontanta, Director of New Haven Emergency Operations.

Along with the wind — flooding is expected. 

“We always have barriers and signs for over the road flooding ready to go. We have on call DPW staff ready to go at all times. When you see a flooded roadway, turn around and go back – don’t go through it.”

Emergency responders reminding people to bring in or secure lawn furniture – check your gutters and have flashlights and batteries on hand.

The northeast — no stranger to mother nature. 

“We weathered Irene, Sandy, minor storms, but this is the reason we live here – we look forward to summer.”

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