Still cleaning up, Hamden opens second site for twister debris

Hamden storm damage, May 16, 2018

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Officials in tornado-hit Hamden say the town is recovering, but they’ve had to open a new place for people to bring storm debris.

Mayor Curt Balzano Leng says the town established a second debris drop-off center at Hamden’s public works department. Leng says the original drop-off at Quinnipiac University had to be closed because it filled up.

Residents have been hauling away pieces of downed trees and other debris left in the path of a twister that struck on May 15.

The National Weather Service says the EF1 tornado with estimated peak winds of 110 mph moved along a 9½-mile path between Beacon Falls and Hamden.

Hamden’s public works director, Craig Cesare, says crews have been working 12-hour days cleaning up the hardest-hit neighborhoods.