For Immediate Release Contact: Patrick J. Donnelly
August 5th, 2020 203-287-7009
Clean-up and Recovery Efforts Underway in Hamden
Farmington Canal Line Temporarily Closed Due to Debris
Hamden –The Hamden Storm Response Team and Mayor Curt Balzano Leng are advising residents that cleanup and recovery efforts related to Tropical Storm Isaias are well underway throughout the Town. Hamden Public Works, Police, and Fire Departments have been working diligently since the storm touched ground yesterday to ensure that Hamden is back to normal operations as quickly as possible. All three Departments worked through the night and continued throughout today, focusing on providing safe passage through Hamden’s affected roadways and support for United Illuminating’s efforts whenever needed.(Note: The Farmington Canal Line is temporarily closed to the public until further notice while debris and wires are cleared.)
Hamden Public Works reported more than 150 separate incidents of downed trees and blocked roadways throughout Hamden at the peak of recovery efforts and while some incidents remain outstanding, many have been resolved.
Hamden Police are working diligently with United Illuminating to manage traffic and allow UI Make-Safe Crews the opportunity to continue working toward infrastructure repair and then power restoration to Hamden residents. As of 5:00pm, approximately 5,000 households in Hamden remained without power, which is down from a peak of 9,000 yesterday. There are over 90,000 locations without power over the UI territories, which makes this storm one of the most damaging in recent history.
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 onwww.hamden.com.
The Hamden Fire Department has worked around the clock assisting residents during the severe weather emergency, responding to 100 calls for service yesterday alone. 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 and now throughout recovery.
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)
1.CHARGE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICESrequired for communication or entertainment.
2.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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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.