Saturday, November 19, 2011

Clean-up

I arrived back in Connecticut two days ago.  Power was out in most parts of the state for nine to thirteen days.  Now the emphasis is on cleaning up the downed trees and limbs, as well as the usual fall task of removing leaves.  The sound of chain saws and leaf removal equipment is almost deafening. 

My town of West Hartford was one of the hardest hit.  The mayor has estimated that the town's unbudgeted additional cost of tree removal alone is going to be $7 million.  For a town of 63,000 residents, this is an extra $120 for every man, woman and child.  Just one town, and the damage was statewide.  Not counting what the utilities spent and what individuals had to spend to replace spoiled food and to hire contractors.  Phew!

26 comments:

SRQ said...

Where does the Governor's 'investigation' stand? The news on that front got really quiet (at least down here). It's amazing how expensive cleanup can be. I presume the $7 million does not include overtime and subsequent pension costs for municipal crews who were working around the clock. Hopefully, your city has a healthy reserve balance. And, I hope your house was in good shape when you returned.

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

An expensive and hard work is waiting for the town.

Malyss said...

I'm always sad to see such great and tall trees down, cut..Years to grow up, and a few minutes of wind destroyed them.Nature is scruel..

brattcat said...

you are so fortunate to have had the wherewithal to be away during the first phase of this. i'm wondering if you wish you'd stayed out of town a bit longer.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Very sad to lost such large trees.

Kate said...

It actually hurts to see the destruction of the trees. A great loss!

joo said...

Nature is so powerful and unpredictable! It's a great loss - such wonderful trees!

Sharon said...

It's sort of sad to see these lovely old trees cut up and stacked by the side of the road. I was about to say that I just drove through a neighborhood yesterday with debris like this at the side of the road. But, it wasn't whole trees, just the seasonal trimming.

sheila lynch said...

The Hartford area has been particularly hit hard by many weather events over the last two years, may you have a mild winter!

Lowell said...

What a mess! As I've said, the damage done reminds me a lot of what Florida looks like after a hurricane. Our condo grouping in Ft. Lauderdale was a huge mess after Hurricane Andrew.

Glad things are getting back to normal. Played golf yesterday with a guy from New Hampshire and he mentioned the storm - they only lost power for about 12 hours though.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

No power for nine to thirteen days, how on earth did people manage Jack! That's quite the clean up going on there, will the council come and remove all those fallen branches and trees.

cieldequimper said...

Nature's force...


French word for kitsch? Kitsch! :-)

Luis Gomez said...

Lots of work Jack!

Sylvia K said...

I'm so glad you were able to get out of town for a while! What a mess! I do hate to see the loss of so many trees! Get some ear plugs! And have a great weekend anyway, Jack!

Sylvia

VP said...

I often wonder how cleaning up can be so messy...

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Wow, lots of 'aftermath' still to contend with...

EG Wow said...

The destruction is horrendous. How sad to see the loss of so many trees. And to have the electricity out for so long is incredible.

Regina K said...

Tragic to loose such wonderful tree. Mother Nature can be so destructive at times

Halcyon said...

Sorry for all the noise and bother, but at least the work is getting done!
Welcome home. :)

RedPat said...

How sad that those are such old trees that have come down!
Love your reflection shot - you remain King of reflections.

Randy said...

Poor trees and your ears.

Kay said...

Ouch! Ferocious damage like this is such a palpable reminder of what an illusion "security" is. Storms, fires, earthquakes: They come and go and suddenly so much that we treasure is in chaos -- or lost. And so sad to see those big old trees destroyed like that.

JM said...

What a mess! It seems nature is showing its rage everywhere. Two days ago it rained SO MUCH in the evening that several small rivers in this area came out of their beds causing a lot of destruction in places where it never happened before. Fortunately there was no wind.

jennyfreckles said...

I hope you have a wood-burning stove!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Wow, Jack. I had no idea you were gone from home so long. Hope the cleanup isn't too arduous.

Cildemer said...

Oh! Didn't know the weather had been that bad!
Sorry for the mess, Jack!
Hope nothing bad happened to your family or friends.