Press Briefing: 10/29 11:00 a.m. Police HQ
As the Governor has announced closure of the State highways effective 1:00, City Hall closed at 11:00 am. Staff allowed to leave at that time
Expect full category three flooding. Plan for full category 4 flooding. This could mean high tide levels up to 6 feet above flood stage.
Record High Tide is expected at high tide just after midnight tonight.
Winds: Gale force winds are expected to continue through the day. Expect near hurricane force winds over water this afternoon, with 60-80 mph gusts. Expect some of these winds to hit coastal areas. Sustained winds are expected through midnight—approximately 9 hours of consistent high winds. By tomorrow morning winds are expect to drop to tropical storm velocity and below tropical storm velocity by tomorrow afternoon.
51 residents took advantage of the Shelter last night. Approximately 80 residents in shelter at 11:00 a.m.
Police report most citizens are hunkering down and responding appropriately to the storm alerts.
Police and fire have assisted with one evacuation.
Infrastructure/damage; roads, sewer treatment.
The yard waste collection site is flooded and cannot take yard waste.
10 Sewerage Pumping Stations are nearing flood stage which would require shut down. The Sewerage Treatment Plant did not overflow at the mid day tide, but such an overflow is anticipated at the midnight tide. If this occurs it will be necessary to proactively shut down the Plant until any flooding subsides and equipment can be dried out.
With the exception of a single tree and some small limbs at this time damage is at a minimum.
Power—No outages at this hour reported in Norwalk
Next message priorities:
Get somewhere safe. Stay there. Don’t let your guard down.
Check on elderly and infirm.
Keep emergency channels open for true emergencies.
Norwalk Hospital has received inquiries from people requesting shelter. Please inform the public that it is imperative that they do not come to the hospital for shelter. Instead, they should connect with family, friends or utilize the City Shelters that have been set up for this purpose. Norwalk Hospital must focus on caring for the sick and injured.
911 is to be used for emergency purposes only. Please do not use 911 except in emergency.
Report issues to City Customer Service 203 854 3200
To report outage or find out restoration estimate contact local provider:
CL&P at 800-286-2000,
SNEW at 203-866-3366
Third TD at 203- 866-9271