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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Town Activates Emergency Operations Center

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today ordered partial activation of the town’s Emergency Operations Center as forecasters predicted heavy rains and high winds will affect the area throughout the day and into Friday.

“We’ve been through this several times already this year and we want to make sure we are at peak readiness to respond to whatever may develop,” he said.

He ordered the center at Westport Fire Headquarters to open to accommodate department heads and staff as well as to better coordinate with Connecticut Light and Power Company representatives on power outages.

Joseloff said a mid-morning conference call with Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) officials included a weather briefing that said southwest Connecticut could expect the highest winds between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Forecasters have predicted gusts as high as 60 miles per hour could hit the coastline.

The DEMHS briefing said forecasters were looking at the period from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday as the time of the heaviest rains. The southwest Connecticut area could receive as much as 3 to 4 inches of rain, they said.

“We expect downed trees, power lines and flooding,” Joseloff said. He urged all Westporters to keep abreast of weather developments throughout the day.

CodeRed emergency telephone notifications will be made as developments warrant, Joseloff said.

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Posted 09/30/10 at 03:36 PM  Permalink



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