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Gov. Malloy: One Year After Irene East Haven Continues to Rebuild

State and local officials returned East Haven Monday to assess Cosey Beach area recovery efforts following last year's damage during Tropical Storm Irene.

[Editor's Note: The following is a press release from Gov. Dannel Malloy's Office. East Haven Patch will be meeting with East Haven Fire Chief Douglas Jackson later today to discuss Tropical Storm Irene and the town's ongoing recovery effort.]

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Daniel Esty, Department of Insurance (CID) Commissioner Thomas B. Leonardi, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) Deputy Commissioner William Shea, and state and local officials, met with residents of the Cosey Beach neighborhood in East Haven to assess clean-up and recovery efforts one year after .  

“The impact of Tropical Storm Irene is ,” said Governor Malloy. “The State of Connecticut has worked long and hard on behalf of residents, going after as many federal dollars for recovery as possible.  To date more than $600,000 in funding has been allocated to the town of East Haven, with $660,000 additional dollars going to individuals.  I know that many residents have been through a tough year, but working together we can get Cosey Beach and all the other areas affected by the two storms back to normal.”  

Tropical Storm Irene, which hit Connecticut on August 27, 2011, and were the catalysts to statewide preparedness efforts which culminated in the May passage of comprehensive storm legislation and a four-day municipal/state storm readiness exercise held in July. 

The Governor, Lieutenant Governor and other state officials and other impacted municipalities . Both storms knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of residents and caused extensive property damage.   

The July emergency preparedness drill, coordinated by the state’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), was designed to improve communication between the state’s utility companies and state and local governments during an emergency or other natural disaster. The 165 participating municipalities and tribal nations tested a number of new preparedness structures, policies, and protocols that were put in place after the two 2011 storms including:  

  • Improving communications for road clearing & utility restoration: Utility company crews worked with participating towns’ public works crews to execute a new “Make Safe” protocol that will enhance road clearance processes and communication.
  • Activating local emergency operations centers (EOC): All participating towns had key local officials and leaders meet at their local EOC to simulate preparedness, response, and recovery planning.
  • Establishing coordinated emergency shelters: Municipalities will exercise five multi-jurisdictional shelters (one in each DEMHS region) across the state in an effort to test sheltering capabilities.

Immediately after Irene, Governor Malloy prepared a disaster declaration which was later approved by President Obama. The declaration brought a total of $59.7 million in federal aid to the state, with an additional $18 million still expected.  

“We cannot control what Mother Nature throws at us, so we must always look to improve the way we respond to these emergencies,” said Governor Malloy.  “The more we work together, improve communication and practice our response, the more we can limit the impact of disasters and get aid where it is needed quickly and expediently.”  

After speaking with residents, Governor Malloy met with local officials at the Community Center to discuss ongoing efforts to rebuild.

Sam Giglio August 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM
This was a sad day for East Haven, I know a few down there that there homes were destroyed one being my Cousin who has since passed away. Lets all hope that this will never happen again. But in New England you never know about Weather and how it can become a deadly force. Everyone in Town must agree that then former Mayor, April and her staff did as must as she could to help everyone during that storm and no one should forget it.
Mitch August 28, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I saw the ex-mayor walking behind the Governor and the current mayor. Anyone know what she's up to these days??
Doreen Boudreau Hausler August 28, 2012 at 03:00 PM
She works for the Office of Policy and Management, for the State of CT, under Governor Malloy. I'm sure she's an asset and an appreciated part of the team up there. And, she obviously still cares a great deal about our town. It was nice to see her, yesterday.
ASmith August 29, 2012 at 04:54 AM
yup this burg traded in a bright youngin with a good head on her shoulders for a bumbling joke that is on permanent vacation mode. saw the tv coverage. he always looks like he is unsure of what he is a sayin and dont know what it all really means. thinks he jes talks in media blurbs fed to him by his chubby checker. was lill zullo there? didnt see him but then he is kinda short so he would get lost in the crowd.
Christopher Schaefer August 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM
My favorite Tropical Storm Irene video: Rosa DeLauro explains her vacation: http://youtu.be/xTsa0PvQxRc

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