Greenwich Sandy Cleanup Will Cost 'In The Millions'

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Damage caused by Hurricane Sandy could cost the town of Greenwich "millions," according to a town official. Photo Credit: Eric Gendron

GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich is still six to eight weeks from knowing the full cost of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, according to Dan Warzoha, town director of emergency management operations. But he revealed the final damage costs will “probably be in the millions of dollars.”

“It’s ongoing. All the different town departments and agencies are still in the process of compiling numbers,” Warzoha said. “And we’ll obviously be submitting those numbers to FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] and for insurance.”

Soon after the storm ended, it was easy to see Sandy would be one of the costliest and most destructive storms in the town’s history. Sandy was the worst storm to hit Greenwich since a hurricane in 1938 ravaged New England and Long Island, Warzoha said.

Various departments continue to assess and repair damage and will continue to do so for “quite some time," he said. For example, the Department of Public Works had its leaf removal schedule modified so it could continue to collect debris until Dec. 1.

The cleanup has become a race against time, as temperatures begin to drop. Warzoha hopes most of the heavy lifting can be completed before winter arrives.

“There’s a lot of stuff taking place that’s impacting the normal cycle of work that public works does this time of year to get ready for winter,” he said. “All we need is a couple of snowstorms and we’ll really be behind schedule.”

The weather looks favorable for continued cleanup, though, with temperatures forecast to stay well above freezing for now.

Although Sandy was historically destructive to Greenwich, Warzoha said it still could have been worse.

“There’s a lot of damage,” he said. “But with that said, we’re a fortunate community. There was no loss of life and we’re in a lot better shape than a lot of other places.”

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