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Sandy’s aftermath: Where do we stand in Bridgeport area?

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BRIDGEPORT

Population: 145,638

Flooding: Much of the South End, including Seaside Park; Seaside Village, Marina Village and P.T. Barnum Housing Projects. Also flooding at the Water Pollution Control Authority forced that facility to be shut down late Monday night for several hours to prevent heavy damage. It is operating on standby power.

Fires: Two-car garage on Evergreen Street believed to be weather related but still under investigation.

Injuries/deaths: None.

People in shelters: 775 as of 2 p.m.

Power outages: 40,097 (72 percent) as of 8 p.m. Tuesday

Property damage: No amount has been determined, but totals will reach millions of dollars because of extensive flooding at the Sikorsky Memorial Airport and Seaside Park.

Observed: Sikorsky Memorial Airport, located in Stratford but owned by Bridgeport and Seaside Park, which borders Long Island Sound, are flooded. South End also retains flood water in some areas.

Schools: As of 5:15 p.m., city officials were still assessing which schools will open Wednesday because of power outages and safety issues. Roosevelt Elementary School will be closed.

Halloween: No plans to cancel

FAIRFIELD

Population: 59,404

Flooding: Record flooding up and down Fairfield Beach Road, up Reef Road and parallel streets almost to Old Post Road (about 3/4 mile away). Waters still hadn’t receded completely as of Tuesday night, so most of the beach area is still a mandatory evacuation area.

Fires: Numerous transformers blew during storm.

Injuries/deaths: No known fatalities, but officials haven’t searched through entire beach area yet. Several serious injuries when trees fell on cars, but they don’t appear to be life-threatening.

People in shelters: 217 in Fairfield Ludlowe High shelter Monday night. A good number checked out Tuesday to see if they could move back in home. Police not allowing most beach area residents back home until at least Wednesday.

Power outages: 15,223 (70 percent) as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Property damage: Too early to tell. By beach, about seven or eight homes destroyed, about 15 seriously damaged, and another 15 perhaps uninhabitable, according to Asst. Fire Chief Christopher Tracy. All told, 272 trees with wires still down on roadways Tuesday night, officials said. Numerous trees crashed onto houses. One house hit seriously damaged on Glen Arden Drive, near Fairfield University. Fewer downed trees than in Nor’easter of March 2010.

Schools: All Fairfield schools closed Wednesday.

Halloween: Postponed to Nov. 7.

MILFORD

Population 51,200

Flooding: All along shore, many roads impassable and under water.

Fires: Five, all caused by power lines tearing from homes

Injuries/deaths: One kayaker, one swimmer, unconfirmed

People in shelters: 110 as of Monday night at Jonathan Law High School

Power outages: 13,124 (50 percent) as of 8 p.m. Tuesday

Property damage: “Tens of millions of dollars,” officials say

Observed: Two sewage plants out. Oyster River Bridge, Rt. 163 (New Haven Avenue between Milford and West Haven) unsafe. Roads near Woodmont Beach impassable. At least six houses collapsed on Hillside Avenue. Point Beach Road inaccessible. West end of Melba Street under a foot of mud. East Broadway impassable, where 25 houses have structural damage.

Schools: Closed Wednesday

Halloween: Milford Mayor Ben Blake said Halloween has been postponed until Nov. 7. The city is partnering with the Westfield CT Post Mall for their Halloween Dance, which still will be held Oct. 31, starting at 4 p.m. It is a children’s event and costumes are requested

MONROE

Population: 19,479

Flooding: None.

Fires: A few arching wires, no structure fires.

Injuries/deaths: None.

People in shelter: On Tuesday afternoon, 25 people plus pets.

Power outages: 7,026 (88 percent) as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Property damage: Unknown

Observed: There are trees blocking roads everywhere. Many trees are fallen and cracked in half. Two huge trees struck and went through the garage of a colonial near Monroe Town Hall. Parts of Hammertown Road and Turkey Roost Road are impassible because there are trees blocking the road, and trees tangled up in downed wires.

Schools: All Monroe schools closed Wednesday.

Halloween: Unknown.

SHELTON

Population: 45,000

Flooding: Minimal. Confined to an area near the Sunnyside boat ramp. None at the Maples, which usually is flood-prone.

Fires: A couple of brush fires. No structure fires.

Injuries/deaths: None. One person was trapped on Bridgeport Avenue at Long Hill Crossroads when a branch fell on the car, but that person wasn’t injured..

People in shelters: None, but some might show up if power isn’t restored in a couple of days.

Power outages: 6,411 (37 percent) as of 8 p.m. Tuesday

Property damage: None to the city’s buildings. Damage to residences still being assessed.

Schools: No decision as of press time.

Halloween: Not postponed

STRATFORD

Population: 51,000

Flooding: Most of Sikorsky Memorial Airport is completely underwater, including the runway and several hangars. Bridgeport officials said the airport could remain closed for up to a week. Homes and businesses along the shoreline, particularly in the Lordship neighborhood, as well as the Short Beach Golf Course, experienced various degrees of flooding.

Fires: No house fires. Sparks were generated from a few downed power lines throughout town, but they did not ignite flames.

Injuries/deaths: None

People in shelters: 160 people checked in at the shelter at Bunnell High School Monday night. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, 65 people still at the shelter.

Power outages: 11,480 (50 percent) as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Property damage: Some homes and businesses along the shoreline filled with several feet of water at the height of the storm. The seawall in Lordship was damaged and a Shoreline Drive home pummeled by gusty winds and water appears to be a total loss. There were also break-ins at several homes and two businesses, according to reports from residents and police.

Schools: All public schools closed Wednesday

Halloween: Town officials have not decided whether to discourage residents from trick-or-treating Wednesday evening

TRUMBULL

Population: 37,000

Flooding: Minimal. Confined to some streets in the southern portion of the town.

Fires: None.

Injuries/deaths: None

People in shelters: Four people at the shelter at the Trumbull Senior Center.

Power outages: 11,678 (84 percent) as of 8 p.m. Tuesday

Property damage: 30 homes sustained structural damage.

Schools: All schools closed Wednesday.

Halloween: Postponed until Sunday, Nov. 4. Westfield Trumbull Shopping Park is sponsoring a Halloween party for all Trumbull residents between 4 and 6 p.m. Wednesday.

WESTPORT

Population: 26,000

Flooding: Parker-Harding Plaza and Main Street in the downtown area flooded Monday night. Homes and businesses along the coast also experienced various degrees of flooding. At the Black Duck Café in the Saugatuck section of town, water rose more than three feet high on the restaurant’s front deck.

Fires: There were no structure fires. Several power lines caught fire during the storm.

Injuries/deaths: None.

People in shelters: High of 76 people Monday night at Westport shelter at Long Lots School.

Power outages: 10,205 (82 percent) as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Property damage: During the night, first responders responded to calls of trees crashing through several homes’ roofs. Residents of those houses evacuated before the trees breached the roofs.

Observed: Felled trees and branches clogged many of the town’s thoroughfares, creating treacherous driving conditions. On Saugatuck Avenue, a toppled pine tree hanged over the road, propped up only by sagging power lines — a scene repeated around town.

Schools: All public schools are closed Wednesday

Halloween: Not postponed, but First Selectman Gordon Joseloff urged parents to use extreme caution when accompanying their children trick-or-treating. “Trick-or-treating should be done in areas that are safe, away from downed trees and wires,” he said. “We urge patents to use their best judgement and

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Jeff Bustraan

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