Mayor issues update on storm recovery

Mayor Ben Blake issued the following statement Monday:
Today marks one week following the devastating impact of Superstorm Sandy experienced by Milford residents and millions along the Eastern Seaboard. The City continues its diligent efforts to provide assistance, aid and information to those impacted by Sandy in an effort to return its residents to a sense of normalcy.

In the spirit of these efforts, the City is pleased to announce that FEMA is opening an Emergency Recovery Center for residents in need of assistance at the Parsons Complex Gymnasium this afternoon, Monday, November 5th through Sunday, November 11th, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In addition, the City will hold a second Relief and Recovery Fair for those residents in need of assistance on Saturday, November 10th between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Parsons Complex Gymnasium, 70 West River Street. This forum will provide residents a convenient centralized location to access information on services/programs that are available to them through the City and State, as well as services provided by relief organizations. Representatives from City and State departments and agencies will be present to answer questions and provide guidance on how to help residents recover.
Restoring power remains a priority and the City continues to push United Illuminating to return power to all of Milford. As of November 5, 2012, UI reported that approximately 5.3% or 1,408 residents remain without power in Milford as of 2:00 p.m. today. United Illuminating has requested that individuals who remain without power in a neighborhood where power has otherwise been restored call (800) 722-5584 to be sure they are properly on its “to-do” list.
The City continues to pick up storm debris. Debris should be separated and placed at the curb. Pick up will be on a continuing basis, as necessary. Storm debris should NOT be brought to the transfer station. Leaves should be bagged in paper bags. Leaves should not be raked into piles on the street. City trash and recycling will be picked up on your regular collection day.
Voting will take place on Tuesday, November 6th, at all regular polling places. Any questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at 203-783-3240.
The deadline to file 2012 personal property declarations has been extended to November 15th. Any questions concerning the personal property declarations, please contact the Milford Assessor's Office at 203-783-3215.
Tarps, bottled water and Meals Ready to Eat remain available at Fire Station 6, 204 Melba Street, Fire Station 8, 349 Naugatuck Avenue, and the Parsons Complex Gymnasium, 70 West River Street.
For those seeking to make donations, the United Way of Milford, Inc., 20 Evergreen Avenue, is accepting monetary donations, the Milford Food Bank located at the Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, is accepting food and monetary donations and Kingdom Life Community Resource Center, 600 Naugatuck Avenue, is accepting donations of food, clothing and household items. If necessary, Kingdom Life will pick up your donations. Please call Terry at (203) 878-7729 extension 13.