Nor'easter Complicates Recovery from Sandy

Jeanene Miller holds photographs of her in-laws while trying to dry them out after they were damaged during a flood caused by Superstorm Sandy, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Point Pleasant, N.J. The New York-New Jersey region woke up to wet snow and more power outages Thursday after the nor'easter pushed back efforts to recover from Superstorm Sandy, that left millions powerless and dozens dead last week. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


By Ellen Kurt

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A nor'easter that left a blanket of snow in Connecticut complicated recovery efforts by residents and officials hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

Two people were killed in traffic accidents Wednesday as the storm swept into Connecticut.

State Police said Thursday that 40-year-old Ewa McGovern of North Granby was killed when the car she was driving and a tractor-trailer crashed head-on in East Granby.

Separately, a motorist was killed when her car overturned in Lebanon on Wednesday. Her name was not immediately disclosed. State Police said they will investigate all possible causes, including the storm.

The latest storm caused power outages, affecting some residents who only recently got their electricity back after Sandy struck.

In Fairfield, crews that had been working long hours to remove debris and trees from roads were diverted to plow streets covered with several inches of snow. Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau said the snowstorm caused minor flooding and delayed the effort to remove debris by 12 to 18 hours, but he said the town is making steady progress with the storm cleanup.

In hard-hit Fairfield, Jeanie Tisdale decided to wait to replace her furnace and hot water heater destroyed by flooding until the latest storm passed in case there was more flooding.

"What's next? Locusts," Tisdale said.

Tisdale did not get more flooding, but the latest storm briefly knocked out her power again shortly after the electricity had been turned on.

Still, Tisdale was grateful for all the help she received from her two sons and their friends and said she recognized others sustained even more damage. One of her sons brought a generator to the house by blow-up boat because the neighborhood was flooded, and another son brought in the Boston College lacrosse team to clean out her house and neighbors' houses.

"It's been pretty rough, but by and large I think we're phenomenally blessed," Tisdale said.

Scott Adams of Fairfield was busy trying to find contractors to repair his hot water heater and furnace damaged by flooding. But he didn't lose power again.

"Lights blinked and we all held our breath," Adams said.

Adams wasn't thrilled about the snow storm but found a silver lining.

"At least we didn't get any water," he said.

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