Stonington’s voluntary evacuations became mandatory Sunday afternoon, and the town’s emergency shelter at the Stonington High School will open at 5 p.m.
A mandatory evacuation is in effect for flood prone areas including Masons Island, Lords Point, Stonington Borough, Mechanic Street and River Road in Pawcatuck, First Selectman Ed Haberek said. The town is sending out an Everbridge message for residents within the evacuation zone.
The First Selectman is asking residents within the town’s low-lying areas to evacuate to inland areas or other points away from the coast.
“This is a 36-hour storm with long-term issues,” Haberek wrote on his blog.
The town began working with the Red Cross on Thursday, Oct. 25, and Haberek said the town and the Red Cross is prepared to have meals available at the Stonington High School shelter. Pets in crates will be allowed in the shelter.
Haberek declared a state of emergency in Stonington early Sunday afternoon and the town’s emergency operations center at the Stonington Police Station is fully operational.
Stonington Public Schools and Stonington Government Offices are closed Monday and Tuesday. Trash pick up is cancelled from Monday through Wednesday.
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