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As Hurricane Sandy topples trees and brings flooding to Fairfield, evacuation holdouts make their way to the shelter at Ludlowe High.
Fairfield has experienced flooding, hundreds of downed trees and more than 97 percent of town is out of power Sandy.
The town remains in a state of emergency and three people who were trapped in a car had to be rescued.
As of 11:45 p.m. on Monday, town officials were still advising residents to stay home and off the roads to allow crews to clear trees and wires and for first responders to address life-threatening emergencies.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes and 189 people sought refuge at the emergency shelter, located at Ludlow High School. Forty pets are also being sheltered there.
Jamie Kennedy said she and her family have food and games, so things fine.
Cindy O’Neill Vitale, of the Community Emergency Response Team, said the shelter offers people a safe place to go.
“Everybody’s in a stressful situation and we’re here trying to support each other,” she said.
A safe place to stay provides relief to many who said just getting to the shelter was no easy thing.
“On my way here, there are trees down that are the size of small houses,” Jamie Fee, of Bridgeport, said.
Marcel Najar, of Bridgeport, is one person who wanted to stay at home but was not able to.
Jillian Kennedy, of Fairfield, is another.
“We thought it’d be OK at our house, but then a tree came down in front, so we ran over here,” she said.