State of emergency declared in town, officials offer evacuation tips

Acting on advice from Gov. Dannel Malloy, First Selectman Peter Tesei declared a state of emergency in Greenwich today.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered at 1:00 p.m. for areas 1, 2 and 3, as identified on the town’s Sea, Lake, and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH) map, found on the town’s website at greenwichct.org. These are generally low lying areas like Mill Pond in Cos Cob, areas near the coast of Long Island Sound and Byram River.

High and long-lasting winds are expected in the next 24 to 36 hours and the town said it is likely that trees will be downed by the strong winds, and electricity will be lost for several days. Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) will commence restoration when the storm abates. Residents have been urged to keep their distance from all downed wires, as they must be considered live and dangerous.

In the event of evacuation, residents have been asked by the town to remember to pack any necessary medications, three days of clothing and all personal items, such as toiletries, that will be needed for a prolonged stay. Officials also recommended that residents let a relative know if they evacuate and the address of their relocation.

 

The Eastern Middle School evacuation shelter was activated as of 2:00 p.m. today the and Western Greenwich Civic Center was opened as of 6:00 p.m.

All town Parks, including Byram Park and Greenwich Point, were closed as of sunset today and will remain closed until further notice. All Greenwich schools will be closed from Monday, Oct. 29 to Wednesday, Oct. 31. Additionally, all Greenwich libraries will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29.

Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, only town employees who are designated as essential for response to the emergency situation or who are specifically instructed to report by their supervisors should report for work on Monday.

Mr. Tesei will be holding a press conference tonight at 7:00 p.m. from the Public Safety Complex. The next briefing will be tomorrow, Oct. 29, at 11:00 a.m.

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