Mayor's office updates residents; urges caution

The mayor's office has sent out the following message to residents:
The City of Milford continues to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Hopefully residents have taken necessary precautions for safety. A decision was made based on information received from the Governor’s office and Connecticut Department Emergency Management and Homeland Security to order a mandatory evacuation of coast areas inside the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s most recent SLOSH (Sea Lake and Overland Surge from Hurricane) map.

An alphabetical list of streets for the City of Milford is posted on our website under the Hurricane Sandy Banner. Forecasters are predicting tidal surges during the day slightly greater than last year’s Tropical Storm Irene. The midnight high tide is reported to be at levels we have never experienced before.
Although some residents may not consider evacuating, City Government and Emergency Service Providers urge those residents who reside in areas predicted to flood (as indicated on the map) to find an alternative location to take refuge. The City has opened a shelter for evacuees at Jonathan Law High School, 20 Lansdale Avenue.
Fire and Police officials stress the importance of evacuating because conditions will be of the magnitude that rescuers will not be able reach you. As of 11:30 this morning we are already experiencing flooding over many of the low lying areas along the shoreline.
We ask that everyone heed the warnings, the weather service is calling this event a one hundred year storm, and other’s having referred to it as the perfect storm. Either way it has the capacity to be a storm of historical significance to our City and citizens.
When evacuating, remember to bring with you any financial and insurance documents, medications you may need, and secure your home as best as possible.
For those who are in areas that are not required to evacuate, plan for extended power outages. Use caution when using generators, do not run them inside your garage or basement and do not run extension cords in a hap hazard manner that may cause a fire in your home.
Be sure that all appliances are turned off to prevent a fire when power is restored. In addition to the school system being closed Monday and Tuesday, Milford Public Library is also being closed today and will remain closed tomorrow. Public Works Department has reported that there will be no trash pickup tomorrow, Tuesday October 30, 2012. A supply of sand bags and are available at all fire houses.
Residents should monitor local media outlets for continued updates; check in on the City of Milford Web Site, or by calling the Storm Information Hot Line at 203-874-6782. Recorded messages and updates may also be found at 203 -8STORM2 (878-6762) phone line.