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Storm Damage Draws Crowd to Stamford Beaches

STAMFORD, Conn. — Despite the overflowing water and fallen trees from Tropical Storm Irene , people still flocked to the three Stamford beaches Monday.

“Isn’t this really cool?” Melanie Williams said as she and her kids India and Hagen played in a knee-deep puddle at Cove Island Park. She also tried taking pictures with her phone to show her husband what he was missing.

They were not the only ones enjoying the floodwaters. Many kids were riding their bikes through some of the Irene-made ponds, and dogs passing by stopped to lap up drinks.

The Cove was the most visibly damaged city beach, with many fallen branches and several large pools of water that had overflowed onto the track and parkland. Cummings and West Beach each had a layer of sand in their parking lots, forcing Stamford Operation crews to clear the covered parking spots.

The beaches were open and filled with people taking in Monday’s picture-perfect weather. But no one was in the water; the city banned swimming for safety reasons, and no lifeguards were on duty.

A statement from Mayor Michael Pavia’s office said the beaches were open for pedestrians, but visitors were not allowed in the water because of excessive storm runoff. No date was given for when swimming would be allowed again.

The city’s operations department did not return a call seeking to find out when the beaches would be cleaned up and reopen.

What do you think of the damage done to Stamford by Hurricane Irene? Share below and become a part of the conversation or email reporter Anthony Buzzeo, tbuzzeo@TheDailyStamford.com .

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