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Edelson Praises Town’s Response to Storm Sandy

First Selectman releases message thanking town workers, praising recovery efforts.

Southbury First Selectman Ed Edelson issued a Selectman’s Message on the town’s response to Storm Sandy.

Storm Sandy tore through Southbury last month cancelling schools for three days, closing more than a dozen roads and, at its worst, leaving 48 percent of town without power on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Still, the town managed to make all roads passable and clear nearly all hazardous conditions within three days.

Edelson praised the hard work and cooperation by several organizations across the town, especially the Southbury Public Works Department. He said safety was the highest priority in storm restoration and that only one injury occurred in recovery efforts, a homeowner who had an accident with a chainsaw.

“This would not have been possible without the hard work and cooperation of so many organizations working through our Emergency Operations Center,” Edelson said in his Selectman’s Message. “Our public works department, especially our road crew, worked continuously in the early days to get the roads that were completely blocked open for emergency vehicles. They could not have done this without the close cooperation of the different crews assigned to Southbury by CL&P. All of this was done under the direction of Jim Sugden of our Public Works department and our CL&P liaison. They were a model of public-private collaboration.”

Edelson also praised Southbury’s Information Technology Manager, Ray Mather, the Southbury Volunteer Fire Department, the Pomperaug District Department of Health and many more.

To read the full Selectman’s Message visit the town’s website here.

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