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Westport Tallies Up Costs After Irene

WESTPORT, Conn. – When Hurricane Irene blew into Westport last month, she didn't leave the town in the same condition she found it. As a result, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said the storm will cost the town about $600,000.

This figure, Joseloff said, is a ballpark estimate that includes damages and expenses incurred. A large portion of this estimate includes damage seen along the town's coast, where seawalls at Compo Beach, Burying Hill Beach and the Longshore Sailing School were heavily damaged by storm surges, a stretch of paved sidewalk along Hillspoint road was torn up by flooding and the boardwalk at Compo Beach was displaced, Joseloff said.

"We suffered, but we did not suffer as much as other areas in the country, particularly New England," he said during Wednesday night's Board of Finance meeting.

After the storm, President Obama declared Connecticut a disaster area, making the state eligible to receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, known as FEMA. As such, Joseloff said the town will likely file claims with FEMA.

Once claims are filed, Joseloff said he anticipates the town will receive about 75 percent reimbursement from FEMA, which the town has received on past claims. Already, he said the town has repaired Hillspoint Road and the boardwalk along Compo, but has not yet started repairs on the damaged seawalls. However, he said the town hopes to begin working on those seawalls soon.

"We may come to you fairly soon with a firmer estimate on how much it will take to replace those because obviously, the longer we leave them bare, the worse the problem may be," Joseloff told the Board of Finance.

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