National Guard rescues Old Greenwich couple

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.

Neil Vigdor