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Long Recovery Ahead, Westport Selectman Says

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff issued the following statement on the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene:

"In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, we are grateful that there was no loss of life or serious injuries, but the town and its citizens have suffered serious property damage and emotional duress.

"In addition, like hundreds of thousands of other Connecticut residents, we are now engaged in the start of what is likely to be a difficult and prolonged recovery process.

"Working with state and federal officials, we will do out utmost to chart a course that will return us to normalcy as soon as possible. But no one should be under any illusion that the process will be easy or fast.

"Connecticut Light & Power Company warned in advance of Irene and I repeated that recovery from the storm could be a matter of days or weeks. We certainly hope it wont be weeks, but that is a possibility we must face.

"In the hours and days ahead, we will do our utmost to open roads, clear trees and wires, and other debris, and to restore power to homes, schools, businesses, and municipal facilities.

"I am proud of how our first responders, municipal employees, volunteers and, of course, residents met the challenge of Irene.

"I am especially pleased with the manner in which we successfully housed and fed scores of persons at the Long Lots Elementary shelter — something which we have planned for but fortunately did not have to carry out until now.

"As details of the Westport's recovery process become clearer, I will communicate them to you as they become available. Meanwhile, I ask for your patience and perseverance in meeting the challenging days ahead."

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