‘State of Emergency’ declared in Fairfield

Following is the text of a “Code Red” alert issued at midday Friday by Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau declaring a state of emergency in town as a blizzard bears down:

This is First Selectman Mike Tetreau with a message from Fairfield’s Emergency Management Team.

As of 11:30 a.m. Friday, I have declared a state of emergency for the town of Fairfield.

We are preparing for a very significant storm with blizzard conditions.

The snow and winds will continue to intensify over the next 24 hours with winds tonight at 30-40 mph and gusts to 60 mph. Potential snowfall of 16 to 20 inches overnight

We expect coastal flooding around the high tide mark of 9:45 PM tonight.

Fairfield Town Hall is closed as of 11 a.m. this morning.

We are asking everyone to stay off the roads. Please get home and stay home as soon as possible.

UI is projecting 10% to 50% potential power outages and restoration may take as long as 2-3 days. Please look after the elderly or those with special needs in your neighborhood.

If you experience a power outage, please report it directly to UI at 1-800-722-5584

Please do not park on the street to help with road clearing activities.

If needed, we are prepared to open an emergency shelter. Stay tuned for updates.

Call 203-254-4899 for any non-emergencies, and 911 for life threatening emergencies.

Stay tuned to local news media, our town web site as well as police, fire, town Facebook pages for updates on the storm and road closures.

Thank you and stay safe.

John Schwing