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Wilton Cleanup Could Take Another Month

WILTON, Conn. – The continuing cleanup from the pre-Halloween storm could last another four to six weeks, First Selectman Bill Brennan reports.

And it will come with a steep pricetag. Brennan estimates that by the time all the calculations are completed, the town will have spent around $500,000. That  includes all the man hours put in at the Emergency Operations Center, overtime and all other costs to the town.

The hope is that FEMA will reimburse at least part of the bill. Generally, when a state declares a state of emergency FEMA will pay back around 75 percent of the claim.

Brennan said that around 25 electrical poles went down, were broken or split during the storm and that 103 of the town's 308 streets were substantially blocked by downed trees. 

“It was one of the worst storms in the history of the town," the first selectman said. He added that more trees and limbs came down than during Hurricane Irene, which is why the town is sending out crews to clean up debris left at the side of the road.

However, Brennan said the four town crews will be picking up only debris from the last  storm – and not dead trees.

“When you see the number of trees that were down and the number of power lines that were down you can imagine the complexity of getting all of this back to normal again,” Brennan said.

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