GOV. MALLOY ORDERS LOCAL OFFICIALS ON SHORELINE TOWNS FROM GREENWICH TO OLD SAYBROOK TO “HIGH ALERT”
Tells Them He Wants Them to Order Level 4 Evacuations Immediately
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy, based on the most recent data from the National Weather Service which suggests that the strong possibility exists for historic flooding at high tide later tonight, convened an emergency call at approximately 8:15pm with the mayors and first selectmen of the coastal towns that comprise the state’s Regions 1 and 2.
The data suggests that each town should immediately evacuate people for what is known as a Category 4 event, the highest possible warning.
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: Branford, Guilford, Clinton, East Haven, Madison, Milford, New Haven, Old Saybrook, West Haven, and Westbrook.
“I’ve told the mayors and first selectmen that they have no time to waste,” said Governor Malloy. “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.”
“I’m concerned about all these towns, but I’m especially concerned about the towns from Greenwich to Bridgeport. Those are municipalities with large population centers that are in harm’s way. I told those municipal leaders that these people need to be evacuated, and I they need to be evacuated now.”
“The situation is dire.”
For Immediate Release: October 29, 2012