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Fairfield Beach Residents: What To Know When Going Home

Fairfield Beach Road residents return  to their neighborhood after Hurricane Sandy.
Fairfield Beach Road residents return to their neighborhood after Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Greg Canuel
This guide shows marking left by home inspectors in flooded areas in Fairfield.
This guide shows marking left by home inspectors in flooded areas in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department
Markings without a surrounding box, shown above, were made by search crews in the storm's aftermath.
Markings without a surrounding box, shown above, were made by search crews in the storm's aftermath. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield’s flood zone is now open for all its residents to return home, even the majority of Fairfield Beach Road. But beach area residents still have questions about safety when going back to their residences.

Here’s some of the information that residents heading back home will need to know:

Fairfield Fire Department crews searched most homes in the flood zone last week, looking for residents who might be trapped. Building Department officials have also checked some homes for structural safety. Residents might have noticed markings on their homes. The photos above show what each marking means.

Markings inside squares are FEMA-designed codes for structural safety. A blank box means a house is safe to enter. One slash means there is some damage, and restoration work is necessary. An “X” inside the box means that the home is unsafe to enter and will need significant work.

Markings without a square around them were made by fire department crews doing search-and-rescue patrols. Firefighters made one slash when entering and completed the “X” as they left to let fellow crews know the home was searched and nobody was inside.

United Illuminating is restoring electricity to the beach area, but homes in the flood zone might still be without power even after the circuits are turned on. The building department has disconnected meters on homes that sustained flood damage. Residents in those homes will need to contact a private electrician for an inspection and repairs. Those contractors should then call the town’s Building Department at 203-256-3036 to have the meter reconnected.

Aid will be made available to Fairfield residents through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To become eligible, register with FEMA at its website or by calling 800-621-3362.

The Department of Public Works is doing curbside pickup of flood-damaged furniture, appliances, carpeting and other bulky items for the next few weeks in some neighborhoods. To have your items picked up, leave them at the side of the road but not in the street. To find out if your neighborhood qualifies, visit the DPW website.

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