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Top Stories 2012: Hurricane Sandy Slams Into Stamford

Hurricane Sandy knocked down two utility poles and several trees in Glenbrook.
Hurricane Sandy knocked down two utility poles and several trees in Glenbrook. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo

STAMFORD, Conn. — The following is the ninth of 10 stories The Stamford Daily Voice has chosen to recap the year that was in Stamford. The stories are not ranked in any particular order.

Stamford experienced one of the worst storms it ever had when Hurricane Sandy hit the area at the end of October. The storm ripped trees out of the ground, caused flooding, damaged homes and kept many without power for more than a week.

The storm was expected, which allowed President Barack Obama to declare a pre-landfall emergency for Connecticut before it hit. The brunt of the storm hit Stamford the night of Oct. 29. The city prepared by evacuating various streets in the flood zone areas near the water, and opened shelters in several schools for people to go to get out of harm’s way.

Schools also closed three days before the storm came and remained closed until Nov. 7.

Power companies reported almost 620,000 customers across the state lost power during the storm, with more than 34,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers in Stamford without power the morning after the storm.

As bad as the storm was, there were few injuries and no deaths in Stamford, though Easton volunteer firefighter Russell Neary, killed during the storm, worked for Gen Re in the city.

About a week and a half after the hurricane, Stamford experienced more wacky weather when snow fell on Nov. 7.

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