I have announced a state of emergency and ordered an evacuation of flood-prone regions beginning 8:30 a.m. Monday in advance of Storm Sandy. The evacuation order will remain in place until the noon high tide on Tuesday. The Fire Department, Police Department and Livable City Initiative will visit homes today in the evacuation areas to inform residents of the order. Career High School will serve as an emergency shelter. Benjamin Jepson School will be opened as an area of refuge. Both will open at 8:30 a.m. Monday. The Red Cross is providing food, blankets, pillows and cots for the Career shelter.
Evacuated areas include:
All areas of Morris Cove south of Girard Street
Front Street and Haven Street in Fair Haven
The area between South Water Street and the highway in City Point
There is a recommended evacuation for low lying areas of Blake Street
All New Haven Public Schools will be closed Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30.
The Emergency Operations Center activated at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 28. The center will remain open and staffed 24/7 throughout the duration of the storm. Residents may call the EOC at 203-946-8221 with storm-related concerns. In the event of an emergency, residents should call 911.
Residents should take this storm very seriously. We cannot mandate anyone to evacuate, but I strongly encourage all residents in flood prone regions to do so. Failure to evacuate will place residents in danger as well as any personnel who might have to respond in the event of an emergency. The City will continue to monitor this storm and will take any and all appropriate actions to ensure the safety of residents.
The City is preparing for storm surges in excess of Hurricane Irene. Heavy rains and high winds are expected over an extended period of time. Residents should be prepared for extended power outages. In the event of an extended power outage, residents should avoid driving if possible. If it is necessary to drive, residents should be particularly cautious when approaching intersections as temporary traffic signs may not be available during the midst of the storm.
Refuse pickup will proceed as scheduled for Monday. For the rest of the week, all refuse pickup will be delayed by one day. Residents are urged to bring in Monday refuse bins as soon as possible and keep any bins inside and secured.
City staff are closely monitoring all tide gates and will continue to do so throughout the duration of the storm. Pumps are in place on Dean Street in anticipation of flooding. Additional pumps are ready to be deployed from the Fire Department. The Department of Public Works has barricades in place and ready to be deployed in flood prone areas, including Union Street, Rt. 34, and portions of Middletown Avenue and Quinnipiac Avenue. The Department of Public Works will deploy street sweepers to Woodward Avenue and Townsend Avenue Monday morning.
Staff from United Illuminating have been assigned to the New Haven Emergency Operations Center for the duration of the storm. The City is coordinating with tree contractors to supplement City staff in the event of significant tree damage.
The City will continue to provide updates throughout the storm on its website at www.cityofnewhaven.com and via Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofnewhaven. Residents may also report non-emergency concerns via SeeClickFix. The Mayor also provide regular updates via Twitter @MayorDeStefano