FAIRFIELD, Conn. – First Selectman Michael Tetreau has called for a mandatory evacuation of the Fairfield Beach area by nightfall Sunday evening in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.
The latest forecasts predict that flooding in Fairfield will be worse than Hurricane Irene’s levels by Monday night, and possibly worse than the 1938 hurricane that flooded the coastal sections of town. Town officials have called for a voluntary evacuation to start Sunday morning, and a mandatory evacuation of the Fairfield Beach area to start at noon Sunday. Residents in the affected area will get a CodeRed message Saturday and Sunday to notify them of the evacuation.
Fairfield Ludlowe High School will be open as the town’s emergency shelter starting at noon Sunday. Both people and pets are welcome at the shelter. Emergency Management officials suggest being prepared to stay for several days.
Residents in other areas should be prepared for power outages, Tetreau said. United Illuminating predicts that 50 to 70 percent of its customers will lose power at some point during the storm.
Check back with the Fairfield Daily Voice for more updates on Hurricane Sandy.