For the second time in as many years, New London's coasts suffered major damage as a hurricane blew into the region.
Mayor Daryl Finizio said the damage was not as severe as expected. Initial predictions suggested that the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy would be two feet higher than the levels of the Hurricane of 1938, with waves bringing additional flooding. On Monday night, after the surge had receded from its height, Finizio visited southern New London with executive assistant Zak Leavy and Deputy Police Chief Peter Reichard and was relieved to find that no homes had been severely damaged by the surge.
"New London, we got very, very lucky," Finizio said in a Facebook post.
The city didn't dodge the storm entirely. Boats and debris were washed ashore along Pequot Ave. in the area of Greens Harbor Beach and Burr's Marina. Several trees fell on homes. On lower Pequot Ave., several residents came out on Tuesday morning to view damage that included a destroyed bathhouse at Osprey Beach and debris and sand washed over the seawall.
Ocean Beach Park will be closed to visitors for cleanup following similar damage. "We've got some damage and lots of cleanup but its looking good considering," a post on the beach's Facebook post read. "Please stay away for a couple days so we can start cleaning."
The New London Fire Department was helping pump out flooded homes on the southern coast and responding to similar incidents around the city.
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