Malloy wants Level 4 evacuations immediately in shoreline towns: ‘’The situation is dire’

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, based on the most recent data from the National Weather Service that suggests a strong possibility exists for historic flooding at high tide later tonight, convened an emergency call at about 8:15 p.m. with the mayors and first selectmen of coastal towns from Greenwich to Old Saybrook (Region 1, which includes Fairfield and Region 2).

The data suggests that each town should immediately evacuate people for what is known as a Category 4 event, the highest possible warning.

“I’ve told the mayors and first selectmen that they have no time to waste,” Malloy said. “To the extent they have the ability to order mandatory evacuations I’ve told them must give this their highest priority. I was concerned all along about the potential destructive impact of this last high tide, and unfortunately the best information we have confirms my worst fears.”

The towns primarily concerned are in Region 1: Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford and Westport.  Other towns of substantial concern are in Region 2: Milford and nine other communities.

In a news conference at 9:15 p.m. Monday, Malloy said many people cannot be rescued, and should seek higher ground in their homes.

The governor said he is especially concerned about the danger in towns from Greenwich to Bridgeport, along the Fairfield County shoreline. “Those are municipalities with large population centers that are in harm’s way,” Malloy said. “I told those municipal leaders that these people need to be evacuated, and I they need to be evacuated now. The situation is dire.”

 

UPDATE Monday, 9:26 p.m. —There were 19,883 without power in Fairfield.

UPDATE — At 6:41 p.m., Monday there were 6,415 Fairfield homes and businesses without power. United Illuminating is reporting 131 separate instances in town.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, 630 Fairfield homes and businesses are without power.

United Illuminating is reporting 72 separate incidents in town.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in southern New Jersey around 6 p.m.

Officials and property owners remain concerned about tonight’s high tide. Sandbags were seen in front of doors as far north as the Post Road.

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