Fairfield orders beach evacuation Sunday at noon

Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau Saturday declared a state of emergency and ordered evacuations in advance of Hurricane Sandy.

“Hurricane Sandy is a very significant storm. I have declared a state of emergency in the Town of Fairfield,” Tetreau wrote in a Code Red message sent at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. “All residents should be prepared for a loss of power for an extended period of time.”

United Illuminating is projecting 50 to 70% of its customers will lose power Tetreau wrote.

“We are expecting tropical storm winds and some flooding by 11 p.m. Sunday, Tropical Storm Irene level flooding by 11 a.m. Monday and extreme high tide with more, flooding exceeding the 1938 Hurricane, by midnight Monday.

“For residents of the beach area, we are asking for a voluntary evacuation starting Sunday morning with MANDATORY EVACUATION beginning Sunday at noon,” Tetreau wrote. “We need to complete evacuations before nightfall when wind and rain begin to strengthen. Be prepared to stay away from the area for several days.”

The emergency shelter at Ludlowe High School will open at noon on Sunday for people and pets.

Fairfield’s next update will come at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

More information is available at the Town of Fairfield web site, ffldct.org, or 203-254-4899.

Residents can sign up for CodeRED, Fairfield’s emergency notification system, by visiting fairfieldct.org and clicking the CodeRED link on the top left side on the homepage.

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