Eyes on the shoreline for Saturday night's high tide
UPDATE: On Sunday morning, Mayor Ben Blake reported that there were no serious problems along the shoreline during high tide Saturday night. "The fire department drove the sensitive, low lying shoreline areas around 10:00pm and reported to me that the conditions were relatively calm," Blake said. "As of 11:15, no reports of flooding had been reported to dispatch."
SATURDAY REPORT: Eyes will be on the coast in Milford tonight when high tide, coupled with a full moon, may cause flooding.
High tide this morning brought with it mild to moderate flooding in the shoreline areas of low elevation.
“More importantly, the city is monitoring this evening’s high tide,” Mayor Ben Blake said. “This is a low pressure storm with strong winds and we are closely tracking the potential coastal flooding during tonight’s full moon high tide. We’ve asked shoreline residents to take all necessary precautions, including moving vehicles to higher ground.”
Late afternoon in Milford snow accumulation along the shore was about seven inches, with wind gusts continuing. Mayor Blake says the city will likely have 12 inches of snow before the storm ends.
City plows are out in force, with main roads passable, though still not the greatest for driving as snow continues to fall.
There were reports of local flooding earlier today: Along the shoreline this morning, during high tide, waves could be seen crashing against the sand and coming close to shoreline homes.
By mid-afternoon, with the tide receding, the scene wasn’t quite so dramatic. Waves, however, were still crashing.
While downtown Milford seemed quiet at about 1 p.m. Saturday, with very few cars on the road and many shops closed, some local businesses are open. The Seven Seas, for one, is open. The restaurant is open until 9:30 p.m., and the bar will be open as usual, as long as the weather cooperates, an employee said.
All city plows are out clearing streets, sidewalks and parking lots, Mayor Blake said at about 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
“We’ve brought in nine contractors to help with plowing as well,” the mayor said. “As our crews clear city roads, we are asking that residents exercise caution, patience and remain safe at home.”
Once the storm subsides, residents are reminded that they are responsible for shoveling snow and ice from their sidewalks and property, including fire hydrants, Blake added.
Battalion Chief Anthony Fabrizi said everything was relatively status quo as of 2:30 p.m. in Milford.
“We did experience some very minor flooding in the shoreline areas during high tide this morning, which was expected,” Fabrizi said. “No major accidents or injuries to report.”
Fabrizi reiterated that emergency personnel will be keeping a close eye on the shoreline during tonight's high tide, which is at about 11 p.m.
The United Illuminating Co. reported no power outages in Milford at 3 p.m.