STAMFORD, Conn. — Gov. Dannel Malloy was greeted by fallen trees and downed wires when he returned to his former Stamford neighborhood, Shippan Point, during one of his stops on his tour of the state and the damage done by Hurricane Sandy.
“Some of those Norway Maples were planted over 100 years ago,” Malloy said, pointing out a couple of large trees that had snapped.
He said he had been in touch with two of his brothers who live in the neighborhood, and they described the damage to the area as twice what was sustained during Hurricane Irene.
Many other elected officials at the local, state and federal level also toured Shippan Avenue with Malloy, including state Rep. Gerald Fox III, D-146, who lives in the area. Fox, whose house is on high enough land that he did not have to evacuate, said his children, ages 10 and 6, had never seen anything like the storm.
Fox said the community has come together the day after the hurricane, with people trying to help others who may have been hit harder than others.
“Everyone is coming together, it’s been a crazy week,” he said.
Overall, the damage to the state was about as expected, Malloy said, and it looked at one point like it was going to be worse. The trajectory of the storm from about 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. looked a lot worse, which is when he urged municipalities along the water to call for more evacuations. However the track changed at about 8 p.m., Malloy said.
“As bad as everything is, it would have been absolute devastation,” he said.
Malloy has been in contact with President Barack Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other states looking for ways to make the recovery process as quick as possible.