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Local officials met Friday in preparation of Hurricane Irene, which is expected to bring torrential rain and damaging winds to the area this weekend.
The storm is expected to bring hurricane force winds and severe rain. Local meteorologists are predicting as much as 15 inches of rain in some parts of the state. The shoreline remains at high-risk for flooding because of the high tides and rainfall.
In Cheshire, virtually every department is on standby this weekend or working overtime. The Police Department is staffing extra officers this weekend to deal with any road closures and emergencies as a result of the storm. The Fire Department is on call as well. Public Works employees are also also on call throughout the weekend to help with any damage. Board of Education employees will be monitoring the schools throughout the weekend.
The Cheshire Senior Center on Maple Avenue will be opened as an Emergency Shelter this weekend.
On Friday, crews tested and filled generators in anticipation of widespread power outages. Heavy duty equipment, like backhoes, have also been stationed across town to help clear any debris in the roads. Storms drains and culverts were inspected and cleared on Friday as well, in an effort to limit flooding over the roadways.
State utility companies, such as Connecticut Light & Power, revoked vacation for all employees because of the anticipated damage Irene will cause.
Fire Chief Jack Casner encouraged residents to stay home and stay safe throughout the duration of the storm.
Stay with our website all weekend long for the latest news and information about Irene and its impact in Cheshire.