Town urges immediate evacuation of flood areas, situation called “life threatening”

With expected storm surges to heavily smash into Greenwich and Stamford at high tide tonight between 11 p.m. and midnight, the town of Greenwich is urging residents in low lying and coastal areas as well as areas prone to flooding to not hesitate and either leave immediately or get to higher points in their homes.

“This is a life threatening emergency,” Police Capt. Mark Kordick said in an emergency call using the town’s reverse 911-system.

The Western shoreline in Connecticut is expected to have 17 1/2 foot higher than normal water at high tide and that will be made even worse by what’s expected to be five to seven foot waves in Long Island Sound.

The National Guard is on its way to Greenwich but is not expected to arrive in time for the beginning of high tide. People in these impacted areas that cannot evacuate are urged to get the highest parts of their buildings immediately.

“If you are in an evacuation area or a low lying area you should not panic but it is critical that you evacuate,” Capt. Kordick said, “Leave now or move to higher ground now. Do not assume you will be able to do it later.”

People who are not in those areas that are evacuating should remain indoors because many roads have downed trees or power wires.

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