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A sign along Reef Road in Fairfield alert residents to mandatory evacuations due to Hurricane Sandy.
One tenth of the state's population has been asked to evacuate their homes because of the threat posed by Hurricane Sandy.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said on the Today Show on Monday morning that 360,000 people have been urged to leave their homes.
Several towns have ordered mandatory evacuations for flood-prone areas ahead of Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to bring a massive storm surge.
In Bridgeport, 13,000 people are affected, but that number could increase to 50,000 as time goes by.
In addition to the evacuations, Fairfield police have closed South Benson marina beach because of rising water.
Police said they will begin to close off the area around Cosey Beach around 10 a.m.
Here is the list of evacuations.
West Haven has ordered a mandatory evacuation for several low-lying areas.
The following areas are in the evacuation zone, according to police.
Mayor Ben Blake issued an evacuation order for residents in coastal areas of Milford. Vehicles must be moved to higher ground.
Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau issued a mandatory evacuation for all streets south of the Old Post Road, Old Field Road, and Westway Road are in the mandatory evacuation area. Residents should plan to be gone from their homes for several days.
"We need to complete evacuations before nightfall when wind and rain begin to strengthen," Tetra said.
He urged residents in the beach area to begin a voluntary evacuation early on Sunday and people should expect to stay away from the area for several days, he said.
Officers are watching homes to prohibit looting.
Fairfield will open an emergency shelter at Ladle High School at 785 Unquote Road beginning at noon on Sunday. People will be allowed to bring their pets to the shelter. You can view the flood zone map here.
Bridgeport has ordered families out of low-lying areas also starting at noon on Sunday. State emergency officials said people are leery about leaving their homes because they are not seeing storm impact, but now is the time to go.
The following streets encompass the mandatory evacuation area:
East Haven has enacted a 7 p.m. curfew for the evacuation zone, which includes residents who live within two blocks of the shore.
"In order to ensure the safety of residents and their belongings, the town has coordinated to establish a strong police presence in evacuation areas," Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. said.
Maturo said dozens of homes could get wiped out in a matter of minutes and he does not want anyone thinking twice about staying.
For anyone who needs a place to take shelter, East Haven's emergency shelter is located at East Haven High School on Wheelbarrow Lane. Pets are welcome and there will be food available.
Groton has issued mandatory evacuations for the low-lying areas of town as of 7 p.M. on Sunday.
The Town of Groton is opening an emergency shelter at Fitch Senior High at 4 p.m., for people who do not have an alternative place to go.
If you are going to the shelter, visit the Town of Groton Website for a list of items to take with you.
Here is a list of the affected areas:
The town issued a mandatory evacuation as of 2 p.m. for all residents south of the railroad tracks and areas that are prone to coastal flooding. The community center is open as a shelter. People should bring toiletries and linens. Pets are welcome if they are in crates.
Evacuation orders are in place until noon high tide on Tuesday for all areas of Morris Cove south of Girard Street, Front Street and Haven Street in Fair Haven and the area between South Water Street and the highway in City Point. There is a recommended evacuation for low-lying areas of Blake Street.
New London Mayor Daryl Finizio is ordering mandatory evacuation of the voluntary evacuation streets.
The streets include: Admiral Dr., Chapel Dr., Elliot Ave., Elm St. (Betweet Lincoln and Garfield), Glenwood Ave. to intersection of Lower Blvd., Guthrie Pl., Hamilton St., Ledyard St., Lincoln Ave., Lower Ocean Ave. (from Jerome to Ocean Beach), Lower Montauk Ave. (from Lower Blvd. to end of Montauk), Lower Blvd., Mott Ave., Mott Ct., Neptune Ave., Neptune Ct., Parkway South, Pequot Ave. (Water side), Quinnepeag Ave., Requinn St., Rocbourne Ln., Rodgers St., Stuart Ave.
New London schools and City buildings will be closed on Monday and Tuesday and non-essential city employees are being ordered to stay home.
"My grandfather lived throught the Hurricane of 38. We lost a lot of people in that hurricane and it was because of the surge, it was not because of the winds. It was because of the storm surge, so while rainfall may be lower, landfall of the main storm will be in New Jersey, the storm surges, up to category 4 strength potential will be hitting the Connecticut coastline," Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio said.
The Town of Old Lyme is the latest to issue a mandatory evacuation for the areas south of Route 156 and flood zones based on the latest prediction of catastrophic flooding. Town officials are asking residents to evacuate to a safe location by end of day Sunday.
Residents who need assistance with evacuation should call the Old Lyme EOC Call Center at 860-598-0120.
Secure your valuables, turn off your main electrical breaker, close and secure any propane tanks and bring any valuable documents with you.
A regional emergency shelter will open at East Lyme Middle School, 31 Society Road, in Niantic.
This shelter will serve East Lyme, New London, Waterford, Old Lyme, Lyme and Montville.
The Old Saybrook Office of Emergency Management has issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order for three areas of town.
Buses will begin driving through evacuated areas at 4 PM. There is plenty of parking at the high school. Those not in the mandatory evacuation zone may also choose to evacuate. The evacuation center is located at the Old Saybrook Senior High School, 1111 Boston Post Road and will open at 3 p.m. on Monday.
The City of Stamford has declared a state of emergency and Mayor Michael Pavia has ordered a Mandatory Evacuation effective immediately for residents who live in SLOSH Areas I and II.
Residents who reside in SLOSH Areas III and IV are urged to prepare for a mandated evacuation, which may become necessary later today.
Residents who live on the following streets (SLOSH List for Category I and II) should evacuate their homes and move to higher ground. Those streets are as follows:
Residents should immediately make arrangements with family, friends or other accommodations outside of the hazardous area. If none of those options are available to you, the City has opened the following shelters effective at 1 p.m. today:
Bring any necessary medications, toiletries and bed linens you will need with you. Shelters are pet-friendly, however all animals must have their vaccinations up to date (tags or paperwork) and must be crated. Please bring food and medicine for your pets.
Westbrook issued an emergency recommended evacuations for all houses for all residents in flood-prone areas south of Route 1, along Route 1, Jensen’s, Green Acres and other area that you feel you are not safe. Residents are recommended to stay off the roads and only travel if necessary.
Seek shelter north of Interstate 95 with family or friend or at a hotel. A second option is to seek shelter at the town evacuation center, at the Daisy Ingraham School, 105 Goodspeed Drive, opening at 6 p.m. Eat before you come and bring snacks. A cat or dog is permitted at the shelter in an appropriate pet crate with food.
The school issued a mandatory evacuation of the campus on Sunday at 4 pm.. All residents of North/South Hall will meet at 4 p.m. at the corner of Broad and University avenues to travel by bus to shelter at Cesar Batalla Elementary School in Bridgeport. Residents of all other halls, as well as students who live off-campus in the immediate vicinity, will meet at 4 p.m. in front of Marina Dining Hall to travel to shelter at Sacred Heart University.
Westport has recommended evacuations. There will be no public or vehicle access to the waterfront neighborhoods at Old Mill, Compo Beach, and the Saugatuck Shores beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday.
“If your local officials have told you to evacuate, I urge you to heed their warnings,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said on Sunday. “People living in low-lying areas in shoreline towns are taking their lives into their hands if they try to stick the storm out in their homes. Folks, do not do that.”
Malloy said the amount of flooding could be unprecedented.
Stonington officials recommended that everyone who lives by the water have an escape plan by Monday.
In addition, school districts in East Haven, Middle town, and Old Say brook have canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday. Westbrook has canceled classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.