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Thousands May be Trapped by Hurricane Sandy's Flooding

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the Hurricane Katrina-like situation has thousands of Connecticut residents from Greenwich to Old Saybrook trapped in their homes with flood waters rising and no where to go.

Thousands of people are trapped in their homes, in a possible Katrina-like situation along Connecticut’s shoreline tonight, from Greenwich to Old Saybrook, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging them to stay in their homes and move to higher levels to stay alive.

In an urgent and hastily called press briefing tonight, the governor said thousands of shoreline residents, or their leaders, did not heed numerous and dire warnings state officials have issued over the past several days for residents in shoreline communities to leave their homes before Hurricane Sandy’s winds forced the waters of Long Island Sound to historic flood levels.

Now, Malloy said, those residents have no choice but to stay put and try to survive the night in their dwellings as the flood waters rise. Leaving now is not an option and poses a greater risk to them, Malloy said.

“Get to a higher floor, as high as you have to. Don’t be near a window because there’s a lot of wind and there’s nothing good to see at this point. Do not try to walk through (the water). Don’t try to swim through it do not try to drive through it.

“Our worst fears are being reached in terms of flooding conditions,” he said.

Malloy said he would assess later why so many people are stranded in their homes along the shoreline, despite numerous warnings by officials, including those in his office, that the storm was catastrophic and residents should leave. But he left open the idea that local leaders may not have heeded the warnings and may not have carried it to their citizenry.

Robert Chambers October 30, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Katrina like? No way.. unlike Katrina we aren't living in a bowl, we aren't being herded into a football stadium, we don't have a corrupt police force running away from the job. I'd say that was a piss poor analogy Danny.
Robert Chambers October 30, 2012 at 02:32 AM
The town of stratford did a good job of letting everyone know to get out while the getting was good. What Dan fails to realize is that he isn't king and he has no power to order people out of their houses. We are adults, we make our choices and we live with them.
Chris October 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Yea, I know plenty of people who were technically "trapped" in Lordship at high tide, but they themselves were high and dry with power, plenty of food and water, and internet access. Of course, because of poor road/drainage issues, those people are "trapped" every time we get a heavy rain or unusually high tide. Not at all like New Orleans during Katrina.

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