Monday, April 16, 2007
Wilton Road Closed
Westport police were out blocking Wilton Road today. The Saugatuck River rose and covered a portion of the road near Save the Children. On Sunday, a motorist was caught in the water on Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saugatuck River Floods Downtown
The Saugatuck River spilled over its banks and into downtown Westport again this morning, including along Main Street and Parker-Harding Plaza. Many of the roads in the downtown area are blocked with flood waters. Westport emergency officials said coastal flooding will recede this afternoon, but the Saugatuck River has yet to crest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Downtown Westport Blocked by Flood Waters
Emergency workers helped a Saugatuck Shores resident out of flood-blocked streets today as new coastal flooding hit Westport and the Saugatuck River spilled over its banks in the town’s center at high tide, emergency officials said.
In an 11:45 a.m. update, Westport emergency officials urged residents to avoid downtown Westport, which was only accessible at the time via Route 1. Most downtown streets were back to normal less than two hours later.
Fire officials said a woman resident of the Saugatuck Shores area requested assistance in leaving her home blocked by flood waters. A National Guard vehicle with high water capability took her through to higher land, they said.
As waters rose in advance of the 10:51 a.m. high tide, numerous roads were closed, they said, including Kings Highway North at Canal Street, Canal Street at Main Street, Riverside Avenue, Parker Harding and Jesup Parking Lots, all of Saugatuck Shores, Compo Road South and most roads around Compo Beach.
Minor Flooding in Compo Beach Area
Compo Area Roads Flooded
Willow Brook Continues to Flood Neighborhood
Willow Brook was over its banks along Westport’s Richmondville Avenue this morning. One home owner’s kayak drifted into the brook during the night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Blackburn for WestportNow.com
Saugatuck River Overflows its Banks
The Saugatuck River surged over its banks in Westport’s center today as high tide approached. This was the scene in the Taylor Place parking lot adjacent to the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridgen over the Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saugatuck Shores Roads Flood
Spriteview Avenue in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area was under 3 feet of water this morning as high tide approached. Coastal flooding was widespread throughout the Saugatuck Shores area with isolated pockets of flooding elsewhere in Westport near the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Morning High Tide May Be Worse
Westport officials said this morning’s high tide could be worse than the one Sunday night that caused significant coastal flooding and pushed water onto Main Street in downtown Westport.
In a 10 a.m. update from emergency officials, they said tide alarms sounded this morning to indicate readings of a tide over 7 feet in height with three hours left before high tide, which will happen around 11 a.m. this morning.
They expect the inland and tidal flooding to continue through today into tonight and also into tomorrow.
At this time, officials said, the Saugatuck River is cresting over its banks in the downtown area and water is expected to surge into all adjacent streets, including the Parker-Harding and Jesup Green parking lots. Officials have closed Wilton Road near Save the Children.
Coastal Flood Warning in Effect
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. issued a coastal flood warning for Westport and much of the Connecticut coastline today until 1 p.m.
A small part of Westport’s Main Street was flooded late Sunday night as a high tide driven by a nor’easter sent waters through several flood-prone areas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
It said the morning high tide at 10:51 a.m. could cause major flooding similar to what occurred in the Dec. 11, 1992 storm.
“Major coastal flooding is expected in western Long Island Sound with a storm surge of 4 1/2 to 5 feet,” said an advisory issued at 6:50 a.m.
Westport emergency management officials sent a National Guard rescue truck back to the Saugatuck Shores area this morning in anticipation of more coastal flooding, officials said.
Overnight Flood Warning Issued
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. early today issued a flood warning for Westport and portions of Fairfield and New Haven Counties
An advisory just before 2 a.m. said the warning was in effect until 6 a.m. for urban areas and small streams.
It said the Nor’easter continues to produce heavy rainfall over the region with 2 to as much as 8 inches of rain falling across the warning area since early Sunday morning.
It said an inch or two of rainfall is possible overnight.
Meet a Met
Former New York Mets pitcher Jerry Koosman signs a baseball for Westporter Peter Bradshaw, 11, Sunday at Legends of the Game in Westport. Koosman pitched with the Mets from 1967-80, and he had two 20-win seasons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, April 16, 2007
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - April Vacation Fun Days Program
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Kids & Families: April Vacation Day Workshop: Illuminated Manuscripts
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 206 – Special Shellfish Commission Meeting
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307- Town Plan of Conservation & Development Work Session
7:30 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – RTM Public Protection Committee
Part of Westport’s Main Street Under Water
Part of Westport’s Main Street was under water tonight as the Saugatuck River in the town’s center rose at high tide. Police closed the street to traffic as waters lapped over the curbs and at some storefronts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
More Flooding Expected Monday
High tide pushed water into Westport coastal neighborhoods and the town center tonight, and a National Guard rescue truck and Westport firefighters will remain on call until all flood waters recede, emergency management officials said.
More flooding is expected Monday morning both on the coasts and in inland areas, they said.
A storm surge pushed waters into Main Street, the Saugatuck Shores and Compo Beach areas in late evening. Westport emergency officials issued a voluntary evacuation order for the shoreline areas earlier today.
Emergency officials said in a 11 p.m. update that the tidal monitoring gauges show the worst of the flooding is over, but the storm event is far from over.
Rains Cause Widespread Flooding in Westport
Tidal Waters Rise Along Coast
While tidal floods are riding along the coast and are covering some shoreline roads, Route 1 in downtown Westport has been reopened.
Westport emergency officials have been preparing today for a storm surge that would push the high tide to four to five feet higher than normal and issued a voluntary evacuation of areas along the coast and the Saugatuck River, including Compo Beach and Saugatuck Shores.
Emergency officials said in an update just before 10 p.m. that roads in the Compo Beach and Saugatuck Shores are under water and are impassible.
They said residents who decided to stay in their homes in these areas should stay in their homes and prepare for rising flood waters and should not go into any flooded areas.
Surveying the Senior Center
Susan Pfister, Westport Center for Senior Activities director, surveys the empty room at the center this evening. The center opened at 4:30 p.m. to serve as an emergency shelter for those who evacuate from the coastal areas due to the expected flooding later tonight. Early reports from the center, however, were that no one had shown up to use the shelter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
National Guard Assists Westport Firefighters
Two members of the Connecticut National Guard, Sgt. 1st Class Troy Walker (l) of New Haven and Staff Sgt. Jameson Cyr of Essex, Conn., (c) chat with Westport Firefighter Earl Hill at fire headquarters today before heading out to Westport’s coastal areas in case residents had to be evacuated. Walker, who was on weekend reserve duty, and Cyr, a full-time enlisted man, are with the 192nd Chemical Battalion based in New Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Checking Out the Flood
Charlie, Lilah and Teddy Gorman of Anchor Lane peer down Dead Man’s Brook. The brook flooded the front of a property along Anchor Lane due to today’s heavy rains. Over four inches of rain has already fallen today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Post Road East Closed by Flood Waters
Westport police closed off Post Road East at Imperial Avenue and Myrtle Avenue tonight because of flooding. Traffic was detoured around the waters in front of the Westport Post Office. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Voluntary Evacuation Ordered for Coastal Areas
Police were blocking several roads through Westport that were already flooded from today’s heavy rains, including Myrle Avenue. Officials are expecting significant coastal flooding tonight and issued a voluntary evacuation order. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
Westport emergency officials have issued a voluntary evacuation order for all of Saugatuck Shores, the Compo Beach area, Old Mill Beach, and properties adjacent to low lying areas of the Saugatuck River south of Canal Street.
The sirens went off at 5 p.m. Officials opened the Westport Center for Senior Activities at 21 Imperial Ave. at 4:30 p.m. as an emergency shelter for those who evacuate their home and need a place to stay.
The storm surge will make the high tide—which is due around 10 p.m.—4 to 5 feet above normal, and officials say roads will be impassible and electrical power may fail in flood areas. Officials have compared the expected flood to the one in December 1992.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said the storm and its flooding is coming in two phases.
Westport Roads Flood from Heavy Rains
Richmondville Avenue was among the roads that flooded today from the more than 4 inches of rain that has fallen since midnight. Several roads were closed because of high water, and emergency workers rescued people on Wilton Road near Save the Children and on Cross Highway near Roseville Road who had driven into deep water. Coastal flooding is expected tonight when a storm surge will push the high tide four to five feet higher than normal. The flooding is expected to start as early as 8 p.m. with high tide expected around 10 p.m. Town officials issued a voluntary evacuation order for many coastal areas and along the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Blackburn for WestportNow.com
Coastal Residents Urged to Evacuate Before Nightfall
Westport emergency officials are urging those living in low-lying coastal areas—including Saugatuck Shores, Compo Beach, Old Mill Beach and along the Saugatuck River including downtown Westport—to evacuate now because severe coastal flooding will start around nightfall.
The storm surge will make the high tide—which is due around 10 p.m.—four to five feet above normal, and officials say roads will be impassible and electrical power may fail in flood areas. Officials have compared the expected flood to the one in December 1992.
“Coastal residents in the affected areas are urged to evacuate now while the tide is out and daylight remains,” officials said in a release. “Do not wait until dark to evacuate. I repeat, now is the time to move to higher ground, do not wait until dark to evacuate.”
Officials will open an emergency shelter at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, which is located at 21 Imperial Ave., at 4:30 p.m. for those who need shelter.
Town Officials to Open Emergency Shelter
Westport officials will open an emergency shelter in Westport, but have yet to provide the details.
In a 2 p.m. update on the storm, Westport’s emergency officials said they will open the shelter to provide refuge for those in areas affected by the storm if they have no other place to go.
Information on a shelter will be posted on the town’s Web site and will be broadcast on the town’s cable channel 79 and on the Staples High School radio station at 90.3 FM.
No evacuation order has been given for affected areas—which include Saugatuck Shores, Compo Beach and the Saugatuck River up through downtown Westport to the vicinity of Canal Street—but First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said earlier officials are considering issuing the order.Page 1315 of 1696 pages
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