Tuesday’s storms cause widespread destruction across Connecticut, and even as this afternoon comes to a close, there are still many areas without power, utilities, and some which remain inaccessible due to downed trees and wires. Between 5:00pm and 8:00pm yesterday, as the storm was impacting our area, EARS was contacted by emergency responders and coordinators from several towns in regards to being on call for potential animal incidents. Our entire team was placed on standby and remained so throughout the night and in to today. Many of the areas hit by the storm may see issues lasting days at the least, and there are veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and of course individual owners in those areas who may require assistance as things progress. Cleanup, relief, and recovery efforts are now underway, but there is still a great deal that needs to be addressed before things can be cleared.
As of 5:00pm Wednesday we are aware of over a dozen veterinary hospitals that either had to close early, or were completely closed, due to the weather. Additionally we have received calls from an equal number of animal shelters that sustained some type of damage or loss of utilities that may impact the animals in their care. A number of the communities hit hardest by the storms also have populations of large animals in them, and we know of five farms that sustained major damage as well. We are continuing to closely monitor and remain in touch with individuals from all these locations in the event that further assistance is needed for them, and as always, we will continue to stand by.
At this point we do not expect many further updates related to the storm or the recovery process, however if something should present itself, we will post updates as needed to our Facebook and Twitter feeds so we encourage you to keep an eye on them. In the meantime if you have any questions, or have any animal needs yourself, please do not hesitate to reach out directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203)941-EARS.