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Stamford's Hurricane Sandy Costs Could Be $7 Million

Stamford's beaches were so badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy the city had to close them to the public.
Stamford's beaches were so badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy the city had to close them to the public. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo

STAMFORD, Conn. — The bill for Stamford's clean-up from Hurricane Sandy could total about $7 million, Stamford grants officer Karen Cammarota said Tuesday night.

City officials at the Board of Representatives Parks and Recreation Committee meeting detailed the clean-up costs accrued from the autumn superstorm that slammed the Northeast, doing tens of billions of dollars worth of damage.

Officials broke down the total, with about $4 million coming in structural costs and the rest in personnel, Cammarota said.The city expects federal aid to cover about 75 percent of the costs, leaving the city on the hook for about $1.75 million.

Cammarota cautioned the total assistance from the government may change, based on the estimates from insurance adjusters.

The city got a late start cleaning the beaches because it had to clean  the city streets and then do leaf pick-up, which took twice as long this year than usual, said Office of Operations Director Ernie Orgera. He said the city collected about 30,000 tons of storm debris, costing the city about $30 per ton to haul, which federal aid should help cover.

“We will open all beaches in the spring,” he said despite the late start.

West Beach had a sidewalk curb removed and had three feet of sand in the bathrooms, Cove Island Park lost some toilets and part of the pavilion, and Cummings had flooding and wind damage, Orgera said.

While the beaches will be open this spring, some marinas may not, Orgera said.

Cummings Marina suffered severe damage and would cost the city $134,000 in replacement parts alone, Orgera said. The city made a request for federal aid to replace the marina with better parts, and the city is making arrangements with the boaters, he said.

The marina at Cove Island Park may also need to be closed because boaters have complained of bottoming out in the channel there. It may need to be dredged, Orgera said.

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