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New Canaan Begins To Emerge From Hurricane Sandy

Kathryn Park, left, of New Canaan, walks with her son Daniel and their dog Lucky on Tuesday. The Kathryn Park, left, of New Canaan, walks with her son Daniel and their dog Lucky on Tuesday. The
Kathryn Park, left, of New Canaan, walks with her son Daniel and their dog Lucky on Tuesday. The Photo Credit: Melvin Mason
Brad Beck, left, and his father Paul, visited New Canaan Library on Tuesday. The family lost power late Monday after Hurricane Sandy. Brad Beck, left, and his father Paul, visited New Canaan Library on Tuesday. The family lost power late Monday after Hurricane Sandy.
Brad Beck, left, and his father Paul, visited New Canaan Library on Tuesday. The family lost power late Monday after Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason
Brad Beck, left, his friend John Harrison, and Harrison's two sons Christopher and Jack, stand with the tree eight men on Brooks Road cut up to clear traffic on the street. Brad Beck, left, his friend John Harrison, and Harrison's two sons Christopher and Jack, stand with the tree eight men on Brooks Road cut up to clear traffic on the street.
Brad Beck, left, his friend John Harrison, and Harrison's two sons Christopher and Jack, stand with the tree eight men on Brooks Road cut up to clear traffic on the street. Photo Credit: Brad Beck

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – New Canaan residents were up and out Tuesday, keeping busy as well are examining what had been left the day after Hurricane Sandy ran roughshod over the area.

Kathryn Park of Silvermine Road took a walk with her son Daniel, 10, and their dog Lucky, walking past areas where trees fell on or near power lines.

“We’re taking a walk to get outside,” she said.

The Parks were without power since early Monday afternoon and hearing the storm howl over the town was scary for a time. 

“It’s a bit stressful and we’ve had no Internet or cell service,” Kathryn Park said, also mentioning that a radio battery died. On other devices, the Parks tried to ration what power was left.

But she said her family is fortunate since they didn’t sustain much damage.

“Some people have it worse,” she said.

Town officials warned residents to look out for downed trees and power lines, though it’s unclear when power will return.

With the town’s curfew lifted, hundreds of residents made their way back to the downtown area to see what stores were open and where they could get some things like a warm cup of coffee.

The New Canaan Library proved a popular destination, with people dropping in to get something to read as well as to regain access to the Internet. The library reopened at 9 p.m. Tuesday, said Executive Director Alice Knapp, and the library’s Wi-Fi slots were filled with users by 11:30 a.m.

“The first couple of hours, it was slow. But we built momentum throughout the day. We’re now at capacity,” Knapp said.

Library officials will keep the library open for extended hours every day as long as half of the town’s homes are without power.

“We are a destination. It’s somewhere people have used before, which is great because we’re here for the whole community,” Knapp said, thanking staff members who came in even as their homes were without power.

Brad Beck of Brooks Road ended up at the library on Tuesday. He’s playing host to friends from Old Greenwich as well as his father Paul, who was visiting from Pittsburgh.

“It was a little festive,” Beck said.

The Becks also helped neighbors clear a tree that was blocking the road. 

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