FAIRFIELD, Conn. – As 2012 comes to a close, The Fairfield Daily Voice is counting down some of the biggest news stories of the year.
For the second year in a row, Fairfield was hit by a powerful tropical storm. The damage this time around, however, was much greater.
Fairfield was ready for Hurricane Sandy, with police, fire, public works and other crews preparing throughout the weekend before the storm hit. The town also called for an early evacuation, getting Fairfield Beach area residents out of their homes before the worst of the storm came through.
But the damage from Hurricane Sandy was much greater than anyone expected. As much as 97 percent of Fairfield homes and businesses lost power at some point because of the storm, some for a full week. Six Fairfield Beach Road homes fell into Long Island Sound, and others collapsed or sustained heavy damage. The town’s leaders still do not know the full cost of the storm’s damage.
In the aftermath, however, Fairfielders reached out to help their neighbors. Fundraisers for the town’s relief fund began almost immediately after the storm cleared, as did volunteer cleanup efforts along the coast. The federal government has also pledged to stay and help with restoration efforts through monetary aid and guidance.