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Communities still haven't recovered from Irene, now another storm

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

Cities and towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties are beginning to meet with emergency officials to make sure everything is in order as Hurricane Sandy approaches.

A year ago, Hurricane Irene slammed Connecticut's shoreline. Cosey Beach in East Haven was one of the hardest hit areas with several homes being destroyed. Now, business owners in the area are worried about Hurricane Sandy.

"I think peoples' homes are extremely vulnerable and I think we need the state to bring resources down along East Haven, particularly Cosey Beach," said state Sen. Len Fasano, R-34.

In East Haven, Cosey Beach was hit hard, Fairfield lost homes, areas along Long Wharf in New Haven were badly damaged and parts of Milford ripped apart.

Town officials in East Haven are planning to meet Friday morning to see what is needed and what they can ask the state to bring in to help some of these properties that haven't been repaired from Hurricane Irene's damage.

"It was a mess, mess out here. Wood, branches down," said Eddie Gonzalez of Bridgeport.

Bridgeport also sustained substantial damage during Hurricane Irene. On Thursday afternoon, Bridgeport officials meet with their top storm officials and a meteorologist with the focus being on what residents can do to prepare ahead of the storm.

"For homeowners in low-lying areas, we suggest you start thinking about plans to move inland to safer property," said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch.

Bridgeport evacuated 13,000 households during Hurricane Irene, however only 800 people used shelters. This time, officials want people to start thinking about hurricane preparations earlier.

"The last storm, it caused us, our emergency services, police and fire to get in harm's way," said Bridgeport Director of Public Facilities Charles Carroll. "We really shouldn't have had to in some cases."

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