Weston using prior lessons for Joaquin preps

Contractors were busy cutting tree limbs and moving branches away from power lines.

Contractors were busy cutting tree limbs and moving branches away from power lines. (10/1/15)

WESTON - Weston is among many southwestern Connecticut communities watching Hurricane Joaquin's path and taking precautions in case the storm hits the region.

Emergency Management Director Joe Miceli says the town is using lessons learned from Sandy to prepare for Joaquin.

"Our DPW is very on top of storm drains and road-maintenance programs and everything else," Miceli says. "So, we're confident the town is ready to respond to any emergency we may have."

Officials say they hope to avoid what happened during Sandy, which saw the entire town lose power. Contractors from Eversource Energy were busy cutting tree limbs and moving branches away from power lines, something it does to minimize the impact of severe weather, according to a company spokesperson.

Town officials say they will be increasing the number of first responders and setting up a comfort station in the high school if Joaquin makes landfall and people lose power.

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