We are about to be hit by a major storm of a magnitude we have never previously witnessed. This storm will feature heavy rains, strong sustained winds and catastrophic flooding. Please do not underestimate this storm – it will be much more powerful and last longer than Hurricane Irene.
We ask all residents who live south of McKinley Street to evacuate. The Rowayton Fire Department will not be able to respond to your emergencies. In addition, we believe CL&P could shut down the power to this area as it did during the 1992 storm.
Last night’s high tide at 11:17 PM will likely not recede much before the next high tide at 11:29 AM today. And the high tide later on today at 11:57 PM will be catastrophic – with water levels many feet higher than we saw in 1992 or with Irene. In fact, we could see a tide even higher than set in the 1938 Hurricane. Thus, evacuate now while you can, you will likely not be able to escape subsequently as there will be no low tides as you know them. When you do evacuate, please turn off the master switch on your electrical box in your home!!
Please note as flooding gets underway, the City’s sewage treatment plant will be shut down. Pumping stations on Bell Island and Farm Creek will no longer operate. The sewer system will begin to back up. At this time, please quit doing laundry and running your dishwasher and use your toilets and showers sparingly (if at all).
If you have no place to go, please consider the City’s shelter at Brien McMahon High School (300 Highland Avenue) where there will be bathrooms, showers, power and meals. This opened as of 5 PM last night.
And, please, do not go out in the middle of the storm and walk in water …. You could get electrocuted and the water will be dirty … it will contain sewage and you could become the victim of a staph infection. We cannot urge you enough to stay inside until the storm has passed.
Please check www.rowaytonfire.com for updates
The Sixth Taxing District and the Rowayton Fire Department