FEMA Will Set Up Disaster Recovery Center in Groton

Other hurricane updates, such as roads blocked by downed power lines, included in this report.

Groton has contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency and it will set up a Disaster Recovery Center shortly in the Groton Senior Center for people who need to make claims.

No date has been set for the recovery center opening, but Joseph Sastre, director of the Department of Emergency Management, said people should file on line or by phone first.

Residents can apply by phone (800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) or online.

Coastal properties in Groton were hammered by Hurricane Sandy: in Noank, Mystic, Eastern Point and Groton Long Point.

More than 3,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers in Groton also remain without power. Groton ordered 6,000 ready to eat meals and bottled water Tuesday to help residents with no way to prepare food. Town staff and volunteers gave out 500 meals Wednesday and Thursday.

Other hurricane updates are below:

  • Ready to eat meal and water distribution will continue until 6 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday at Poquonnock Plains Park.
  • The Emergency Operations Center in Groton, which has been open since Saturday, will remain open until further notice. The number is (860) 445-2000.
  • The Groton Senior Open will remain open as a respite center until 9 p.m today, and from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday for people without power who need to charge electronic devices or take shower.
  • Groton Public Schools are closed Friday.
  • The SATs scheduled for Nov. 3 at Fitch High School have been postponed until Nov. 17.
  • The following roads have issues due to fallen power lines or trees, though some are passable:

Front Street at Main Street (wires down on lawns but street is passable).

Just prior to Cheesbrough at Pearl Street (down wire hanging in middle of roadway but passable).

Spring Street at High Street (low hanging wires and cones in place but passable).

Morgan Point (telephone pole and wire down; not passable).

24 Edgecomb (tree across road with wires; not passable).

High Street at #475 (wires blocking roadway; not passable to tall vehicles).

Watrous at Hillside (tree on wires but passable).

272 Haley Road (telephone police with wires blocking road; not passable).

Pequot at Edgecomb (trees down with wires; not passable).

200 Colonel Ledyard Highway (wires down, trees on wires, but passable).

High Street at New London; 54 High Street (tree limb on wires but passable).

Ashby by #17 (trees down with wires; not passable).

Ashby at Noank Road (pole at extreme angle; not passable).

209 Cedar (tree down with wires (passable only for low clearance; not passable for bus).

132 Cedar (brush on wires but passable).

991 Groton Long Point Road, right after Palmer Cove Bridge; half of road eroded. (Down to one lane but passable).

Riverview Avenue (damage to road; heave in pavement but passable).

4 Latham (tree blocking road; not passable).

Low wire at Groton Long Point Road by Fisherman (taped off).

South Road underpass (tide-related flooding).

Valley Road (wires on side of road but passable).

Tormburg Lane at Wayne Road (low hanging wires; not passable for buses)

  • These traffic signals not working: Route 184 and Flanders Road; Route 184 and Colonel Ledyard Highway; Route 184 and Shewville Road; Route 27 and River Road. All have four-way stop signs.


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