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!