Monday, May 20, 2024


Westport Officials Complete Hurricane Preparedness Plans

Westport Officials Complete Hurricane Preparedness Plans
Even though Westport may only feel the distant effects of Hurricane Isabel, the town today completed its emergency preparedness plans and called on residents to remain vigilant as tropical winds and coastal flooding could result even if the storm hits hundreds of miles away.

Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, in a news release detailing recommended precautions, said he anticipates that tropical winds will hit Connecticut Thursday or early Friday.

The impact for Westport is expected to include very high winds and flooding due to anticipated rainfall,Ӕ McCarthy said.  Coastal flooding is also expected due to the predicted track of the storm.

Fire Marshal Fred Baker told WestportNow that officials will meet again Thursday morning to make further adjustments to emergency preparedness plans depending on the track of the storm.

The town issued a list of 50 streets it said are prone to flooding, most of them in the Compo Beach and Saugatuck Shores areas. (See list below.)

Officials said they felt such a list could be helpful as many residents may have moved into town since the last major flooding in the norӒeaster of December 1992 and not be aware of the danger.

In addition to the usual reminders to have adequate food and water supplies on hand as well as extra batteries, etc. the town also made two suggestions where residents could move their cars if they live in a flood-prone area.

One is the Longshore Club Park parking area and the other is the auxiliary lot at exit 17 off of Saugatuck Avenue.

The town reminded residents that,  if necessary, a shelter operated by the local American Red Cross chapter would be opened at the Long Lots Elementary School.

The news release said the shelter will not accept pets and the town also issued a checklist for residents evacuating and leaving their pets at home.

The town also reminded residents that 911 is to be used only in the event of an emergency and that 341-5000 may be dialed to request non-emergency information.

Other sources of information include the Staples radio station, WWPT 90.3 FM, the towns government access channel 79, the town Web site at, WestportNow, and Cablevision News-12.

The town said emergency warning sirens in the I-95 area and low-lying areas can also be used to disseminate verbal instructions.

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