Evacuation requested before 'historic' flooding

Water levels were high before noon Sunday at the inlet leading to the South Benson Marina, as waves lapped at the seawall in St. Mary's by the Sea in Black Rock. (John Kovach Photo)

Water levels were high before noon Sunday at the inlet leading to the South Benson Marina, as waves lapped at the seawall in St. Mary’s by the Sea in Black Rock. (John Kovach Photo)

Fairfield officials are now requesting a mandatory evacuation south of Oldfield/Old Post Road.

A map outlining the area can be found at fairfieldct.org/documents/2012/Storm2012.pdf

“Residents in this expanded evacuation area have been sent an additional CodeRed message, according to Fairfield Police. “Residents should be prepared to evacuate for several days. Please take all personal items needed.”

According to local officials, “This flood could reach historic levels not seen in our lifetime.”

In a worst case scenario, flooding may extend to the Post Road in both the downtown and Southport areas.

Rivers impacted by tidal conditions may also experience significant flooding.

The Ludlowe High School shelter is now open. Due to expected demand, anyone planning to head to the shelter is asked to take bedding if possible.

Updates are being posted at the Fairfield Police Facebook page, at fpdct.com and at 203-254-4899.

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