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Stamford Begins Cleaning Up From Irene

STAMFORD, Conn. — Most people in Stamford found fallen branches and leaves in their yards after Tropical Storm Irene pounded the city early Sunday. But Beverley Fitzgibbons found Long Island Sound in her yard. The water lapped at the front door of her home, she said, but did not enter.

“We are just really thankful it didn’t get to 8 feet. Then it would have been in the house,” Fitzgibbons said of the size of the storm surge. She and her husband used rakes and snow shovels to remove seaweed and other debris from their lawn.

The two stayed indoors until the water calmed down. But others decided to brave the storm. Fitzgibbons said some people tried to drive through the floodwaters and needed to be rescued. “The car began to float,” she said in describing one incident.

Despite living right on the water, Beverley Fitzgibbons did not leave her Weed Avenue home. But many of her neighbors were ordered to evacuate by Mayor Michael Pavia . The Fitzgibbons were advised to leave but said they have lived through many hurricanes and weren’t that worried about Irene.

Stamford Police Capt. Tom Lombardo said Irene caused little damage in the city, except for leaving more than 29,300 Connecticut Light & Power customers without power as of 10:30 Sunday night. That's nearly half the customers in the city. Only six trees landed on houses and caused little damage, Lombardo said. “That’s pretty lucky,” he said.

About 100 trees fell on power lines throughout the city. CL&P crews were securing downed lines Sunday and will begin restoring power Monday, Lombardo said.

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