Sandy Hit City For $2.88M

The numbers are in.

Not the election results. The price tag for Superstorm Sandy.

The storm hit town last week with winds and flooding. On Tuesday, the city released the first estimates of what the storm cost: $1.3 million in preparation response, and clean-up, and $1.58 million in damage to city and school property.

The $1.3 million estimate includes “1,708 hours of Department of Public Works overtime, 1,330 hours of Fire Department overtime and 3,179 hours of Police Department preparing for the storm arrival,” according to a release from the city. “Parks Department workers booked 927 hours of overtime related to the storm cleanup, as well as 300 hours prior to the storm’s arrival.”

In terms of school damage, the storm hit “the auditorium roof and ceiling at Career High School, the roof at Celentano School, the roof at Microsociety School, the flagpole at Truman School, the roof of Ross Woodward School and damage to waterfront properties at Sound School.”

With regard to city property, the carousel building at Lighthouse point sustained damage, along with its deck. “Long Wharf Park experienced significant erosion, as well as damage to the pier, boathouse and visitor’s center. Street lights and traffic signals were also among the list of damaged property.”

The city took has tracked all the damage and plans to submit for reimbursement from FEMA. The city is also still looking for state and federal dollars for an East Shore seawall to protect 10 homes on the waterfront. An application to the State Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security was denied.

As of 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 65 New Haveners were still without power. They should be back online by the end of Wednesday, according to the release.


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