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Mayor Finizio Declares State of Emergency in New London

State Department of Homeland Security expecting good chance of worst-case scenario because of the strong tides; mayor advises voluntary evacuation of 23 vulnerable streets.

The following was received from the Mayor's Office:

Today, Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio, followed Governor Dannel P. Malloy's State declaration, and declared a state of emergency in effect in the City of New London.

The State Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is grading as Fair-Good the confidence index that this storm is projected for a worst case scenario. Multiple severe storm surges are expected.

While landfall for the storm is projected for New Jersey, Tropical Storm and Hurricane force winds are expected to reach our area late Sunday night into early morning Monday and remain in force until Wednesday.  Sustained winds, heavy rains, and multiple storm surges pose a serious threat to our community.  The Mayor urges all residents to recognize the significance of this alert.

The Emergency Operations Center, at Fire HQ on Bank Street, has been partially activated as of 1:45 p.m. today in anticipation of the storms arrival. Full activation will occur tomorrow, October 28, at 6:00 p.m.

The Water St. parking garage will allow free parking for residents from Sunday to Wednesday. Mayor Finizio urges all City residents to exercise caution during the storm.  The Mayor asks all residents to avoid any downed power lines and remain off the roads during the storm. If any residents see any hazards please notify the Police Department.

Residents of the following streets are urged to consider voluntary evacuation due to anticipated heavy flooding: Admiral Dr., Chapel Dr., Elliot Ave., Elm St. (Betweet Lincoln and Garfield), Glenwood Ave. to intersection of Lower Blvd., Guthrie Pl., Hamilton St., Ledyard St., Lincoln Ave., Lower Ocean Ave. (from Jerome to Ocean Beach), Lower Montauk Ave. (from Lower Blvd. to end of Montauk), Lower Blvd., Mott Ave., Mott Ct., Neptune Ave., Neptune Ct., Parkway South, Pequot Ave. (Water side), Quinnepeag Ave., Requinn St., Rocbourne Ln., Rodgers St., Stuart Ave.

Further instructions and updates will be made from the EOC to all local media outlets and may also be followed at "Office of Mayor Finizio" on Facebook. The PA System will also be announcing where heavy flooding is occurring and possible mandatory evacuation orders.

Finally, Mayor Finizio would like to reiterate that the City's emergency relocation center is Winthrop School.

John Butler October 27, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I'm surprised Mayor Finizio or President Obama haven't been blamed for the storm yet. There's still time, I guess.
Jeff Brown October 27, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Oh i'm sure it's coming John lol, it's just a tough one to spin they need alittle more time .
jjmjr October 27, 2012 at 10:52 PM
don't forget Bank St at Shaw St. and Bank St. from Howard St. to the Firehouse floods really bad.
Sue P. October 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I was just listening to the weather channel and they said 20 foot waves in Long Island sound. Stay safe everyone. Help your neighbors and check on the elderly, some of them are too stubborn to leave their houses(like my mother).
Corey Fyke (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Yeah, this storm is no joke. You look at it on the radar and it looks a little wobbly and unfocused, not like the tight hurricanes we're used to, but I think it's really gonna hit the fan when it merges with the cold front moving in from the Midwest. Basically, Shaw's Cove and all the way up Pequot Ave. is gonna be a mess. I was just out, and there's plenty of water at ShopRite and NSA and BJs. Not sure if that will be true as tomorrow wears on, so stock up. And be safe.
Kenneth R. Lewis October 28, 2012 at 02:51 PM
If the mayor had actually followed through with his lay off of his golden girl Tammy D. There would be that money for PW people to storm prep. Hopefully we will see Tammy D. out on the streets clearing storm drains today as thank you for still having her job.
Kenneth R. Lewis October 28, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Zak and Jane can roll up their sleeves and join Tammy as well. A united administration working for the good of New London. That would be a welcome thing to see in the community.
William Desmond October 28, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Kenneth, That is a dumb idea, who will answer the mayor's phone if Zak is not standing by to take the calls.
Zak Leavy October 28, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Kenneth and William, This storm is an emergency. I have to say that I am a little surprised that you are taking this time to negative attack the Administration. This is not a storm that cares about politics and is time for us to work together to get through this. Smell the Desperation, This storm is serious and we are expecting storm surges of 2 - 4 feet higher than the Hurricane of 1938. There is an emergency relocation shelter at Winthrop School.
Reyna Cruz October 28, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Thank you Zak, if they are warned they have a problem with it, if they are not warned they have a problem as well. @smell the desperation.. be a father and take of your kids or is that the responsibility of the Mayor? grow up! I have kids too and I appreciate the warning and I will take care of my children without expecting zak or the Mayor to do it for me. I regret buying a house in New London because of the ignorant small group of residents that have nothing good or positive to add. You are the problem. All Be safe in the storm.
Jim October 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Well Said....its always the same handfull of people...Not at all representative of the vast majority of residents who really care about NL
Paul October 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Zak, you are a good man...most people would have just ignored these morons but you still try to reason with them...I admire that but hope that you know when its time to give up on the keneth r lewis, william desmond , smell the desperation(whatever that means). These plus a handfull of others dont want NL to succeed. They are insignificant and dont deserve your attention with their childish rants..Good Luck To You and the Mayor in pulling NL out of the dump

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