Town emergency declared, Tesei suggests residents in flood areas evacuate

First Selectman Peter Tesei has declared a town emergency for Greenwich in the wake of Gov. Dannel Malloy setting a state of emergency for the state.

Mr. Tesei used the town’s reverse 911 system to alert residents and advise those living in coastal and low lying areas of town which are prone to flooding being “strongly recommended” to evacuate during daylight hours on Sunday.

“In the event that weather conditions dictate, this may be upgraded to a mandatory evacuation,” Mr. Tesei said.

 

Current forecasts indicate tropical force winds will arrive Sunday, with hurricane force winds arriving on Monday then reverting back to tropical storm force winds on Tuesday. Prolonged wide spread power outages are expected. Coastal surge will be seen with the Sunday morning high tide and this is expected to affect us for four or five tide cycles.

The own will open emergency shelters on Sunday. A shelter at Eastern Middle School at 51 Hendrie Avenue will open at noon on Sunday and the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center will be open at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Pet owners are advised that only service animals will be allowed in and no pets can be brought to town shelters.

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