Aftermath of the tornado

On May 15, 2018 multiple tornadoes hit Connecticut and it left certain towns in the state, including Hamden, in total disarray.

According to the National Weather Service the winds peaked at 95 mph.  It destroyed power lines, homes and also destroyed state parks.

 Tree Fallen on Garage Photo Cred: Roger Kepler

Tree Fallen on Garage Photo Cred: Roger Kepler

The storm had a devastating affect on many residents who were in the areas that were hit by the tornadoes.

Hamden resident Roger Kegler said, “My wife texts me ‘where the hell are you’ as I pull into the driveway.  I get my wife and three kids into the basement and put on some candles to calm everyone down”.

The storm was intense and knocked down trees and destroyed property.

 Destroyed Car and Garage Photo Cred: Roger Kepler

Destroyed Car and Garage Photo Cred: Roger Kepler

“We heard a thump and then we hear the dishes shaking in our kitchen…. I was the first one up,” Kegler said. “I saw that the garage and car was completely destroyed by a tree.”

After the storm, the state needed assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for aid and to help clean up the areas affected so the residents could live their once again.

Governor Daniel Malloy reached out to FEMA for individual assistance meaning that FEMA would help out individual homeowners but this request was denied, according to a report by NBC CT.  This has left homeowners still dealing with the effects of the tornado.

Kegler said, “After the storm the neighbors house was damaged, the guy across the street completely lost his house and the guy next to me didn’t lose anything...you can still see the destruction if you drive around you can see the trees that are still in the middle of the cul de sac.”

Only recently has the town started to clean up the streets again.

According to a recent statement by Hamden Mayor Curt Leng, “The collection of debris from the May 15 tornado will resume on Sept. 24, and will continue until Friday, October 5. It will be immediately followed by bulk trash collection through the end of October. Storm debris collection will occur only in the Mount Carmel and West Woods neighborhoods, which were most heavily affected by the tornado.”

Leng also told all citizens affected to keep all bills and quotas from their damage so that he can appeal the decision by FEMA so that  homeowners can get the help that they need.

Sleeping Giant National Park which is Located across the street from Quinnipiac University, was one of the parks damaged from the storm.

Sleeping Giant Park Ranger, Jill Scheibenpflug, said, “All the trees were knocked down and the trails were disrupted and there were some holes in the roof of the pavilion.”

The damage caused the park to be shut down until further notice. The state is hopeful it will open sooner rather than later.

Scheibenpflug said, “We were hoping for fall but now we are leaning more towards spring for when it will reopen”.

According to Scheibenpflug, when it happened there was a lot of debris and trees that caused the park to stay closed. Contractors came fairly soon to clear the trees so it looks better but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. All of the rain that has been falling has prevented the park from being able to plant any trees.

 Crews working to clean up the damage

Crews working to clean up the damage