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Stratford Orders 'Mandatory' Evacuations

'Residents must take every precaution with what is expected to be a record storm surge,' says the mayor's chief of staff.

The town has upped its voluntary evacuation order to a mandatory one, the mayor's office announced late Sunday night.

"Effective immediately, there is a mandatory evacuation order in Stratford for the immediate waterfront, low-lying areas and areas that tend to flood," Marc Dillon, the mayor's chief of staff, wrote in an email. "Residents must take every precaution with what is expected to be a record storm surge."

Dillon continued, "Bunnell High School has been opened as a shelter and is available to residents who need a place to stay to ride out the storm. Anyone with any questions about the evacuation or for any other inquiries should call 203.385.4070 or 203.385.4100.

Stratwise October 29, 2012 at 03:58 AM
REALLLY???? You wait till 11:40 , High tide to update to mandatory?? every town around us mandated evacuation way ahead of you.. what were u waiting for .. now you have just caused more panic and havic for the shoreline people and ELDERLY people at a almost MIDNIGHT telling them they have to get our of their homes!!! ??? Are you for REAL HARKINS????
libertarian October 29, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Weather patterns change, therefore advisories change.
Bruce October 29, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Be safe everybody and watch out for flying objects!
Nancy Squarciafico October 29, 2012 at 10:43 AM
What is considered "low lying" areas? Every other town has given out maps of areas that have mandatory evacuations.
Walt October 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM
what street are you on?
Deanna L Cabral October 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I was wondering the same thing Nancy
Walt October 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM
https://msc.fema.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/FemaWelcomeView?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&langId=-1
Patricia Pell October 29, 2012 at 01:44 PM
As usual Stratford didn't do anything. At 11:40 at night is not the time to tell people to evacuate. There are no buses at that time. And as for the emergency handicapped registry, they called 2 days prior and said to be ready. Not another word from them!!!! No info on where or how to evacuate. If not for the internet most people would be clueless.
Jason Bagley (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I got my hands on a map (posted in photo gallery above) but it doesn't necessarily define the low-lying areas in town. But what the town is advising is that all residents south of I-95 evacuate.

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