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.