Redding First Selectman Natalie Ketcham declared a state of emergency due to the expected severity of Hurricane Sandy.
Weather update: Reports from the National Weather Service and the State Emergency Operations Center: HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT TUESDAY. STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. SOUTHEAST 30 TO 50 MPH WITH GUSTS 80 TO 85 MPH. GOVERNOR MALLOY HAS ORDERED ROAD CLOSURES FOR ALL LIMITED ACCESS HIGHWAYS IN THE STATE. ALL NON- ESSENTIAL TRUCKS ARE PROHIBITED FROM OPERATING ON LIMITED ACCESS HIGHWAYS. AT 1 PM… LIMITED ACCESS HIGHWAYS WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL NON-EMERGENCY RELATED VEHICLES. AS WINDS INCREASE… TRAVELING ALONG CONNECTICUT ROADS… ESPECIALLY WOODED AREAS LIKE THE MERRITT PARKWAY… WILL BE VERY DANGEROUS. IF YOU ARE IN A NON-EVACUATION AREA… STAY HOME.
CL&P Update: As of 4:00pm today approximately 11% of residents are out of power. We currently have 2 line and 2 tree crews in town handling life / safety emergencies only. 1200 additional crews have arrived in Connecticut and more are expected to arrive. Restoration activities can only begin when winds are below 40mph. CL&P is predicting extensive power outages.
- If the power goes out, please call CL&P at 800-286-2000, or report the outage on a hand held device to cl-p.com/stormcenter.
- For updates on outages in Redding, you may text message to 24612 with the message “outage”, then leave a space and then enter your zip code.
Schools update: Superintendent Bernard Josefsberg has announced that Easton, Redding and Region 9 schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday.
Sheltering: Residents are encouraged to prepare themselves to be self sufficient to “ride out the storm” in the most comfortable place, your home, for at least 72 hours. General shelters will not be opened until after the wind event has ceased. If someone has a medical need (which does not require professional assistance, a house becomes uninhabitable, or any seniors who need a place to stay – there are two regional shelters available for such as purpose. Those shelters are located in Ridgefield and Bethel. Redding Police Dispatch can assist with placing ONLY THOSE INDIVIDUALS with that placement. Danbury Hospital will also be providing “functional needs sheltering” but no transportation is available for those individuals with functional needs.
Transportation: Metro-North continues to have suspended service. NY transit system hopes to restore at least some service about 12 hours after the storm ends. The city could be without mass transit for as many as two full workdays. Amtrak announced that almost all its Northeast corridor services were cancelled on Monday, including Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Keystone and Shuttle services. Additionally, Empire Service, Adirondack, Vermonter, Ethan Allen and Pennsylvanian train services are also suspended, along with overnight services to and from the East Coast, according to a press release. Governor Cuomo announced that Holland and Brooklyn-Battery Tunnels would close at 2 p.m. Bradley International Airport will be closing on Monday afternoon at 1:00.
Information Line: Redding Town Hall Emergency Info Line will be functional at 203-938-8816 and will be open from 8am-5pm during the day starting Wednesday, October, 31st as a means by which residents can obtain up to the minute information from a Town Hall employee. After hours this line will have an automated message detailing information for residents.
Please ONLY call 911 in the event of a true emergency.
- Detailed preparedness Information relating to the upcoming storm is available to the residents of Redding on the town website – www.townofreddingct.org — using the Health Department tab. Also helpful: www.ready.gov and www.fema.gov.
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- You can also follow Redding Police Dept. at Twitter… @reddingpoliceCT
- If you have a cell phone, confirm that you will receive Town emergency Everbridge notices by logging onto www.ctalert.gov or call 860-920-3337 and update your profile information. Those signed up automatically receive messages and directives from State and Town officials.
We are urging all residents to check on neighbors and offer help.
Our next update will be Tuesday at 2:00