FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield expanded its evacuation zone on Sunday for Hurricane Sandy’s arrival this week. Town officials upgraded the expected flood zone to level four, which includes most of the town’s southern areas and other low-lying sections of town.
The mandatory evacuation zone now covers all areas south of Old Post Road and Oldfield Road. The shaded areas of the above map have also been identified as at a high risk for flooding and are under a voluntary evacuation. (A high-resolution version is available on the town website and attached at the bottom of this story.)
Residents in those areas are asked to leave their homes by sundown Sunday. Fairfield Ludlowe High School is open as an emergency shelter for both people and pets.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the Fairfield area as a Category 1 hurricane, with landfall coming before midnight Sunday and hurricane-force winds arriving my midday Monday. Water levels are expected to rise six to 11 feet above high tide levels during the storm.
Check back with The Fairfield Daily Voice for more updates on Hurricane Sandy.