Malloy scolds residents who refused to evacuate

HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut’s governor is calling for towns along the shoreline to order evacuations ahead of flooding that he calls the worst-case scenario.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said late Monday that he held an emergency call with mayors and first selectmen of coastal towns to stress the severity of the flooding threat along Long Island Sound.

The governor had called previously for the towns to direct evacuations of the same areas, but he said that after reviewing new data he decided to issue the highest possible warning.

He said he is concerned particularly about Greenwich and Bridgeport, two municipalities with large population centers. He said “the situation is dire” and people in harm’s way need to be evacuated now.

Major flooding is expected with high tide arriving in the next few hours.

Jeff Bustraan