NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Shoreline towns across Connecticut are sounding the alarm and giving evacuation orders or recommendations for residents living near the Long Island Sound. The state of Connecticut is also under a state of emergency.
The following towns have evacuation orders or recommendations in place ahead of Hurricane Henri’s arrival:
Bridgeport: Higher ground parking in Bridgeport is available from now until 8 a.m. Monday at the following lots:
- Amphitheater/Arena, 500 Broad Street
- Puglio Park, 3455 Madison Avenue
- Wonderland of Ice, 123 Glenwood Avenue
- The Klein Memorial, 910 Fairfield Avenue
Clinton: The town is recommending a voluntary evacuation of all homes south of Route 1 and along the Kelseytown watershed. Residents in that watershed at an elevated risk will receive and additional notification.
There is a mandatory evacuation order in place for all residents of Cedar Island. There is a regional shelter opening at 7 p.m. Saturday at Haddam Killingworth Middle School.
East Haven: MANDATORY evacuation for dozens of streets in East Haven. They are all listed on the East Haven Police Dept.’s Facebook page. Residents evacuating are encouraged to stay with friends or family or can use shelters at North Branford Intermediate School or Carrer High School in New Haven.
East Lyme/Niantic: Voluntary evacuation for flood-prone areas of town. Images of zones and details are on the East Lyme Public Safety Facebook page. There will be a pet-friendly emergency shelter at East Lyme Middle School, opening at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Fairfield: “Beach area residents are encouraged to relocate/evacuate the area on Sunday. Please note that emergency vehicles may not be able to reach you should you choose to stay in your home. Residents in the Rooster River watershed and Kings Highway/ Chambers Street area should prepare for heavy sustained winds and items in basements and low lying areas prone to flooding should be moved to higher levels of your home.”
Fairfield residents can move their cars to the Unquowa Road Metro-North Railroad parking lot opposite Tomlinson Middle School to avoid flooding. There will be a shelter at Fairfield Warde High School, opening at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Groton: Residents who are urged to evacuate must leave their homes by 10 p.m. Saturday. Evacuations are now mandatory for the following streets:
- Shore Ave.
- South Prospect Street
- Beach Pond Road
- Jupiter Point Road
- Pine Island Road
The shelter will be open in Groton at Fitch High School starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Guilford: Mandatory evacuation for residents living in coastal/low-lying areas/flooding-prone areas. The Community Center is accepting residents seeking shelter until midnight. Bring pets in a carrier.
Madison: The Board of Selectmen has issued a Declaration of Emergency. A Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Order has been issued for all residents south of Boston Post Road (Route 1). Impacted residents must evacuate by 9 p.m. Saturday. Residents who live outside the evacuation zone but are in an area prone to flooding are recommended to prepare for evacuation. The town shelter will be at the Town Campus Gym, opening at 5 p.m. Saturday; can accommodate pets.
New Haven: Officials are recommending evacuations in certain parts of the city, and there will be shelters and areas of refuge available.
New London: Winthrop School will be a shelter opening at 6 p.m. Saturday. Food will not be served Saturday but will be served Sunday. Bring important documents and papers, two changes of clothes, a blanket, pillow, toiletries, cash, earplugs for sleeping. Pets are allowed; bring proof of rabies shot and pet food. Crates are on site, but bring cats in their carriers.
Norwalk: The evacuation center at Brien McMahon HS will be opening Sunday morning.
Norwich: Residents living in mobile trailers are strongly advised to seek shelter at Kelly Middle School or vacate the area and shelter with friends or family.
Old Saybrook: Affected residents are recommended to evacuate North of Interstate-95 with friends, family, or a hotel, or to seek shelter at Old Saybrook High School, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday. Pets are allowed on a first-come-first-served basis. Bring three days’ worth of necessities, including masks, clothes, medicine, hygiene products, pillow, blanket. Click here for more details and a map of affected neighborhoods.
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Plainville: The shelter at Plainville High School will open at 9 a.m. Sunday.
Stamford: Residents are advised to stay indoors for the duration of the storm. Stamford High School will be used as a shelter starting at 8 a.m. Sunday. Pets are welcome.
Stonington: The shelter at Stonington High School will be open at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Westport: Residents in flood-prone areas can move their vehicles to Saugatuck Avenue Train Station Lot # 8. Potable water will be available at Westport Fire HQ and Westport Coleytown Station (BYO container)
West Haven: Residents are encouraged to shelter in place during the storm.
For shoreline evacuation maps from the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, click here.
People with pets can go to Branford High School. They should bring a crate or carrier. Dogs should be on leashes. All animals should be wearing collars. You should bring any medications they may need and any beds, blankets, or toys to make them feel comfortable.
The shelter will have extra dog and cat food as well as other supplies.
Here are some additional advisories outside the shoreline:
The City of Hartford has designated several parking lots available to residents that they can bring their cars to higher ground.
North Branford has a regional shelter at North Branford Intermediate School available to residents and neighboring residents seeking shelter.
State campgrounds will be closed from Aug. 21 at 4 p.m. until at least Monday afternoon on Aug. 23.
Keep checking back throughout the weekend for more information on evacuations.