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PRESS RELEASE

Date: October 28, 2012

Re: Urgent Storm Update From First Selectman’s Office

Issued by/Contact :  Sgt. Jeremiah P. Marron Jr.     
Public Information Officer
Office: 203-662-5367
Cell: 203-548-0087
Fax: 203-662-5344
jmarron@darienct.gov


For Immediate Release

Issued by Town of Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson:

Hurricane Sandy is predicted to begin significantly impacting the Town of Darien as a category 3 hurricane by midnight Sunday night.  Hurricane force winds will hit our area by 3pm Monday and continue at hurricane strength through midnight Monday night.  The impact of Sandy is expected to be potentially catastrophic and create life threatening conditions. Official warnings must be taken seriously.

Flooding along coastal areas and rivers is imminent through 4 tide cycles beginning at midnight tonight.  Long term power outages are expected. 

Darien is calling for mandatory evacuations of all coastal areas by 7pm this evening including Noroton Bay, Tokeneke, Contentment Island, Five Mile River Road, Holly Pond, Delafield Island, Tokeneke in the vicinity of the Five Mile River.  Record high tides will result in all inland river areas to flood.  During peak storm conditions, emergency personnel may not be able to get to you.  Seek shelter with family or friends if possible.  When evacuating, remember to bring all items for personal health and safety as well as important documents and insurance papers. 

Darien Public Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday.  Keep your children safely indoors during this storm and during critical recovery efforts thereafter.

Darien Town Hall will be closed on Monday and all essential emergency response personnel are fully engaged.

We are asking all non-essential community organizations to consider cancelling all events and activities during the storm and through safe restoration. 

An emergency shelter will be open Sunday evening at 7pm at the Darien High School.  Please bring all necessary medications and items for personal comfort to last for at least 36 hours.  We are seeking shelter volunteers.  Please contact me at JStevenson@darienct.gov to offer your service.

Regional shelters at Brian McMahon High School in Norwalk and Stamford High School will be open and available for Darien residents beginning at 5pm today. 

Power outages are anticipated to be prolonged due to unsafe conditions for recovery.  Some people may experience outages in advance of peek storm impact as sub stations may be de-energized as utility assets become at risk.  

A limited supply of sandbags will be available at the Transfer Station today beginning at 1pm.  Please bring shovels to fill your own sandbags.

Please utilize 911 calling service for emergency purposes only.  Power outages should be reported directly to the CL&P call center at 1-800-286-2000.

Prepare early and stay safe.  Thank you.

Issued 1330 hrs



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