Storm Damage Piles Up in Old Saybrook

By Jeff Saperstone
|  Thursday, Nov 1, 2012  |  Updated 11:44 PM EDT
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People are cleaning up their homes and throwing away damaged belongings destroyed during Sandy.

Jeff Saperstone and Thomas Kienzler

People are cleaning up their homes and throwing away damaged belongings destroyed during Sandy.

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The storm damage is literally piling up in the Town of Old Saybrook.

Household items damaged during Sandy have been discarded in a huge pile at the debris management center off Donnelly Road. Mattresses, doors, furniture, a white picket fence and even a toilet are among the things that have been tossed out. Residents are allowed to drop off their storm damage for free.

"It's more construction related debris than we've seen in previous storms," Police Chief Michael Spera, said.

There's an even larger pile for all the trees and brush that have been removed across town.

Jaime Smith spent the day clearing debris at several locations and brought a U-Haul truck full of stuff to be dropped off.

"Just unloading my truck with all this brush," Smith said.

With one-third of residents still in the dark Thursday night, the town also kept open its recovery center at Old Saybrook High School.

Ice and water were being handed out. People could also charge their cell phones and use the showers.

"Thank god for the showers and what they're doing and all the supplies," Lisa Marineau, a resident, said. "It's been great."

The recovery center will be open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.

To keep up to date on the clean up process in Old Saybrook, you can check out: www.stormsandy.com

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