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Flooding Ravages Conn. Shoreline Homes

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WGGB) — It seems like many residents in Western Mass were spared from Sandy’s wrath. But folks along the Connecticut Shoreline weren’t so lucky.

Residents in East Haven have already weathered the worst of Hurricane Sandy, but today ABC40 still found severe flooding in neighborhoods near the beach.

This afternoon, Louie Arcucci waded out to his beachfront home in East Haven to check out the damage.

“It’s worse this year than the storm from last year,” says Arcucci. “The garage has got to come down now and it looks like the deck and the house, something dropped — I think it’s the foundation.”

Arcucci adds, “I didn’t want to stay down there that long because the tide’s coming in and I didn’t want to get soaked coming back.”

The house has been in Arcucci’s family since 1942. He says, in those 70 years, he can only remember one other time when it took such a beating.

“The water came in halfway up the first floor in the cottage, about 4 feet high back then,” says Arcucci. “That was in 1955.”

Arcucci’s neighbors — who haven’t lived in the neighborhood for quite so long — say the wind wasn’t as bad, but the flooding was definitely worse than Hurricane Irene.

David Cacace made it through the night relatively unscathed, but with so many neighbors unable to get back into their homes he actually blocked off his street this morning to keep looters out.

“You never think it’s going to happen, but you know what, you just take the precautions and sandbag and take everything up off the first floor and elevate it a couple of feet and hope for the best,” says Cacace.

Neighbors who live in the area say the water actually came about 10 feet further inland than it during during Hurricane Irene.

Governor Malloy toured several towns along the Connecticut Shoreline today, including East Haven, to survey the damage.

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