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Mandatory Coastal Evacuation in Milford; Schools Closed Mon-Tue

Milford is ordering a mandatory evacuation of residents along the shoreline as of 6 p.m. Sunday; schools will be closed Monday, Tuesday.


Milford Mayor Ben Blake has announced that all Milford residents along the shoreline must evacuate by 6 p.m. Sunday, October 28th.

Milford Public Schools will be closed on Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th.

Marie October 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Anyone know if the Senior Housing on Viscount Dr needs to be evacuated?
C.S. October 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM
If it is in a FEMA flood zone then yes, mostly because emergency vehicles will have a tough time getting to the residents. If you are unsure call the Milford Police (203) 878-6551 and they will know for sure. Good luck and stay safe everyone, us Milfordites are a hearty breed and we will pull through this. God Bless.
James October 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM
One would assume so seeing that it's almost on the beach. I would like to think they would have an evacuation plan.
Ryan Sartor (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM
The Milford Fire Department said that they did not believe the Senior Housing on Viscount Drive was in the mandatory evacuation area. However, any Senior who may have medical equipment that needs power to operate can stay at the Shelter Center at Jonathan Law, free of charge. For any future questions, people can call the Milford Emergency Operation Center (which right now is the Milford Fire Department) at 203-874-6321.
Cassandra Basque October 28, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Is there a list of all the streets in the mandatory evacuation areas? Before Irene the Milford City website had a list of streets you could check.
diana nyren October 28, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Yes a list of streets would be good as I am new to Milford and live on Seaside ave.
Robert Jochim October 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM
For those looking to see if they live in a FEMA-declared flood zone: go to http://gis1.msc.fema.gov/Website/newstore/Viewer.htm , enter your address, then choose "view" (the little green globe) on the resulting pop-up window. If your house is in a shaded area, you live in one of their zones.
Ryan Sartor (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Cassandra: If there is any doubt, people should evacuate.
Joe Codespoti October 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM
The building is on the outskirts of the special flood hazard zone (1% chance of an event occurring)., but it's very close to an area that could flood due to an extreme event (0.02% chance ) http://map1.msc.fema.gov/idms/IntraView.cgi?ROT=0&O_X=7200&O_Y=5175&O_ZM=0.038647&O_SX=556&O_SY=399&O_DPI=400&O_TH=70879484&O_EN=70879484&O_PG=1&O_MP=1&CT=0&DI=0&WD=14400&HT=10350&JX=1358&JY=698&MPT=0&MPS=0&ACT=0&KEY=70879285&ITEM=1&ZX1=250&ZY1=235&ZX2=327&ZY2=308
rldlegal October 29, 2012 at 01:44 AM
That would require coordination and foresight, something lacking in Milford government.
Christa Parady October 29, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Can anyone tell me how I can find out what streets are in a manditory evcauation
Ryan Sartor (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Christa: Here's a full list: 1st Ave. 1st Ave. 2nd Ave. 3rd Ave. 4th Ave. 5th Ave. Allison Ann St. Atwater St. Bayshore (all) Beach Ave. (Anderson to New Haven) Beach Ave. (Blackall Rd. to Bonsilene) Beachland (all) Bittersweet Blair Broadway Burwell Ct. Caroline Chetwood Coolridge Cooper Deerfield Devonshire Earl East Broadway Elaine Road Farview Field Ct. Gardner Hanover Hillside Ave. (all) James Laurel Lawrence Ave. Lawrence Ct. Maddox Marie Melba St. (Bayshore to Pelham) Merwin Ave. (Hillside to Abigail) Milesfield Milford Point - to 3rd Ave. Naugatuck to Stowe Oakland Paris Park Pearl Platt (Howard to Morehouse) Pleasant Point Beach Dr. Rock St. Rosemary Ct. Scott Seabreeze (Rock St. to Merwin) Seaview - all Seneca Pl. Shell Silver Smiths Point - all Sperry Stowe Ave. Surf 26, 35, 46 Tremont Villa Rosa Terrace Virginia Waterbury Westland
Marie October 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Thank you all for the info I requested. Be safe!
Deborah Homola October 29, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Thank you for the posting of streets in Milford that have been evacuated. My father uses medical which must be plugged in. If my parents loose power, they can evacuate to Jonathan Law shelter, which is very close to their home. Deborah (Leavy) Homola-Torrington
C.S. October 29, 2012 at 02:06 PM
As a rule of thumb if you pay for FEMA flood insurance then you have to get out.
C.S. October 29, 2012 at 02:08 PM
@ridlegal do you really need to have the government tell you that you may be in danger? Common sense should prevail in these sort of situations. Milford Government has done a great job so far.
TDC October 29, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I also live on Seaside, right near the intersection of east broadway. I am new to the area as well and it seems like no one is concerned about evacuating. Neighbors I've spoken to seem to feel that it won't flood.
Juniormints October 29, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I do not want to complain but the city of Milford has not educated it's people very well during this storm. I have barely found any information on streets evacuated, etc.. Maybe they can work on improving this in the future.
JE October 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Dear Junior, If you are uneducated it's your own fault. The official city website has a Sandy banner with all sorts of storm related info included streets that must evacuate. http://www.ci.milford.ct.us/Public_Documents/Index Additionally, you can sign up to recieve alerts on your home and cell phones. I have gotten numerous such alerts over the past several days. Plus, there are alert sirens and announcements all over the city. You are either living in a bubble or just want to complain.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick October 29, 2012 at 05:23 PM
We have a place at the end of Shell Ave. During Irene, Surf Ave and East Broadway were under water and impassable. I think you are at higher ground at your end of the street. But why take a risk? Maybe you should go to a safe place for the duration.
C.S. October 29, 2012 at 06:05 PM
This is easy, sign up for the Milford Alert notification, they will call you more time than you want with updates about everything Milford related during a crisis. Though common sense should prevail, if you are new to an area the ask those who have been there longer what their plans are, or just trust your instincts, if you feel like there may be danger then leave. Be safe and be well.
mikerusso1 October 29, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Anyone have any updates on Seabreeze/Hillside/Merwin in the Sloppy Jose's area??
celistar October 29, 2012 at 06:20 PM
here is a recent list: http://www.ci.milford.ct.us/public_documents/MilfordCT_Fire/MilfordCT_FirePressReleases/I019B70E8.1/Mandatory%20Evacuation%20List.pdf
Marie October 29, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I attended a meeting @ Viscount Dr today where my family member lives.They are actually safer than many of us. They have a kitchen in the community room where they can cook if and when the power goes out. It was suggested if they are concerned about their food spoiling that they bring and share whatever food they have and "have a community dinner" for all who reside there. They can also shower in their own apts and use their toilets. I can rest that my family member is in one of the safest buildings in Milford we were told. I hope that's true.
Robert October 29, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Hey Mike - I saw this photo from up the road, about half a mile up the road towards the Beach House and the flagpole and beach avenue: http://twitpic.com/b8i4ec I think that was taken around 10am, and the water is already up to the sidewalk. That's not quite that area, but might give a sense, at least.
MikeS October 29, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I found this map, located on the Milford city web site, to be helpful in determining what areas and street locations in the town are expected to flood. http://www.ci.milford.ct.us/public_documents/MilfordCT_Storm/StormMaps/Milford%20CT%20Slosh%20Map.pdf IIRC, I heard Gov. Malloy state that this event could have the equivalent storm surge of a Cat 4 hurricane, given the unique weather conditions in play.
bpiretti October 30, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Is Milford Schools closed on Wed?


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