Bristol prepares for Hurricane SandyPosted: Updated:
As Hurricane Sandy continues to barrel towards the northeast, for many Connecticut residents it triggers memories of Hurricane Irene.
While Hurricane Irene devastated the Connecticut shoreline, Bristol was one of the hardest hit municipalities inland.
"I mean there were fish in the office... it was a mess," said Michael Volpicella of Napa Auto.
Last year, streets were flooded, businesses were ruined and someone died in Bristol.
"The canoe overturned and he lost his life in the flood," said Norm Foote of Bristol.
The financial and emotional wounds from the Tropical Storm Irene are still raw. The river that runs behind Napa Auto on Memorial Boulevard literally ran through the store last August.
"We had about two feet of water, throughout the entire store," Volpicella said.
It is the same location where Shane Seaver died.
"It bothers a lot of people, but you gotta move on and try to do the best you can," Foote said.
Residents in Bristol are not taking any chances. There was only one generator left at the Napa Auto store.
"We're always worried. Every storm," Volpicella said. "But what are you going to do?"
Foote said the best thing is "hunker down if something bad happens."
"And do what I can. If I have to evacuate, then we gotta try to evacuate and go somewhere else," he said. "But hopefully it doesn't have to turn out that way."
City officials are also preparing for Hurricane Sandy. Firefighters are handing out sandbags at Fire Engine four and five.
Residents in the flooding areas are being urged to heed warnings by city and emergency service officials and stock up on food and supplies.
"The Rockwood Park area, Fredrick Street, along East Main Street, and Forestville, those are the biggest areas that flood," said Bristol Deputy Fire Chief Mark McCarthy.
Residents can also pick up sand on a spot on Vincent P. Kelly Road to combat the flooding. Many of them will be watching the Peqabuck River.
"Once the Peqabuck River floods, then everything else goes and now we're seeing a lot of areas that never flooded before start to flood," McCarthy said.
On Friday morning, city leaders from departments are meeting at the police department and going over the storm plan from top to bottom.
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