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National Guard rescues Old Greenwich couple

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By Neil Vigdor

An elderly couple from Old Greenwich who tried to ride out Hurricane Sandy in a mandatory evacuation zone had to be rescued Monday night from their home by the Connecticut National Guard, First Selectman Peter Tesei told Greenwich Time.

Tesei, the chief elected official of Greenwich, had few other details about the harrowing rescue on Shore Road during an interview Tuesday morning.

The rescue took place not far from a fire that engulfed at least two homes, destroying one entirely.

Tesei said that firefighters feared for their lives when they tried to respond to the fires on Binney Lane, a private drive off Shore Road.

Ferocious winds and the storm surge from Long Island Sound forced first responders to stand down.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to tour parts of Greenwich ravaged by the storm around midday Tuesday, according to Tesei, who requested National Guard assistance Monday night.

Tesei said the priority for the town is opening up north-south arterial roads, as well as those leading to nursing homes on King Street and Parsonage Road.

The town-owned Nathaniel Witherell nursing home is cut off by downed trees on Parsonage Road.

The town will hold its first storm briefing of the day at 11 a.m. at the downtown public safety complex.

Check back with Greenwich Time for updates.

Categories: Weather
Neil Vigdor

6 Responses

  1. Jared says:

    Hunter, your a special breed. My guess is you live well above flood. Hope your dry and safe!

  2. Hunter Hampton says:

    I’m so tired of people who ignored the *mandatory* evacuation orders. They put their rescuers in danger to save their sorry butts. They should tell people if you refuse to obey mandatory evacuations.. you’re on your own. If they have pets they should be charged with pet endangerment.

  3. pete says:

    Two more of the mindset, rules dont apply to us.”We are above all you little people”. The town of Greenwich should charge these old fools 25 grand for the rescue.

  4. Bob says:

    These fossils should be arrested. They put others at risk.

    You decide to stay..you decide to potentially die.

    Maybe if an old couple dies it will serve as notice to others.

  5. Vetren Firefighter says:

    They probably lived there for years and have endured a lot of storms. Denial is a big river.

  6. Vulture says:

    What part on MANDATORY didn’t they understand?