Madison Orders MANDATORY Evacuations South Of Boston Post Road, Other Low-Lying Areas Including Parts of Green Hill Road; Roads Will Be Closed At Midnight; Schools Closed Monday And Tuesday

Leave by nightfall Sunday. Seek shelter north of I-95. If you don't have any options, the town's evacuation center at the gym at Town Campus will be open by 6 p.m. Bring three-day supply of clothes, medicine, bedding, pet food if you are bring

This information is from the Town of Madison:

This was the first bulletin Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012:

Hello, this is your First Selectman Fillmore McPherson.

It is midday Sunday, and I am ordering the mandatory evacuation of low lying areas by nightfall tonight because of the coming flooding from Hurricane Sandy. You are getting this call because you live in this danger area.

We are facing three high tides: tonight, Monday midday, and Monday night, that will be extensive. We expect flooding to get worse with each tide, with the one Monday night to be worse than the legendary 1938 hurricane. It is imperative that you leave now while roads are still passable. Once the storm and high winds hit tomorrow, you may not be able to leave, and emergency personnel may not be able to help you. Before you go, secure any loose propane tanks and turn them off.

Regarding where you should go, your first option should be somewhere north of I-95, in Madison or out of town, with family, friends, or a hotel. Your second option is the Town’s Evacuation Center in the gym at Town Campus. It will be open at 6pm today. You should bring a three day supply of clothes, medicine, specialty foods, and personal hygiene products as well as a pillow and blanket and pet food.

Again, you are in danger and you must leave this afternoon.

Thank you, and good luck.

This was the second bulletin Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012:

Good afternoon. This is your First Selectman Fillmore McPherson with the Hurricane Sandy update as of Sunday afternoon. Heavy winds from the storm are expected to start around midnight tonight and to last through Tuesday. This is a much longer length of time than we have seen in previous storms, and we will experience at least three high tides of near catastrophic proportions. Flooding along the coast and some inland areas will be much worse than we saw with Irene last year.

At noon today I issued a mandatory evacuation notice for the low lying areas. I requested people to leave by sundown today. By far the best choice of where to go is to friends or relatives north of I-95 or out of town. This would be a good time to go visit your sister in New Hampshire for a few days. Failing those options, the emergency shelter at the town gym will be open at 6pm tonight. We have cots but you should bring three days worth of clothes, personal hygiene items, medicines, any special dietary needs, pet food, a pillow, and a blanket.

Because of the high winds and hazardous driving conditions streets south of Boston Post Road will be closed to all but local residents starting at midnight tonight. Please resist the temptation to drive down and look at the waves tomorrow.

Supt. Tom Scarice has announced that schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Decisions about further closings will be made after any damage has been assessed.

Most town facilities will be closed tomorrow, including the Senior Center and Town Hall.

With this being the election season, there are a lot of political signs around on lawns and beside the roads. These could become dangerous projectiles in the high winds, so please remove these signs. The same thing applies to any sandwich board signs you may have out.

Remember, once winds reach 40 or more miles per hour, emergency and CL&P personnel will not be able to be out. This could last until late Tuesday or Wednesday.

In closing, please stay safe during this extremely dangerous and long lasting storm.

Here are some helpful links on the town's Hurricane Sandy webpage:


Food & Well Water Safety in an Emergency

Town of Madison - Storm Preparedness Information

State of Connecticut - Hurricane Sandy page

Subscribe to CT Alert - for email, text and phone updates

211ct.org - Disaster Information & Resources

CL&P (800) 286-2000

American Red Cross

Matt October 28, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Irene's storm surge was about 4-5 feet from what I recall. The storm surge map for Sandy is showing Madison in the 9-12 foot range. Double the surge! And it is a full moon, so all three high tide cycles will be at their highest to begin with. Irene was a practice drill compared to this, so I hope people take the order seriously and get the hell out. If you stay, nobody will be able to rescue you in the middle of the storm when your house is falling out from under you. Please heed the warnings. And please help your neighbors heed the warnings.
Janet October 28, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Is the mandatory evacuation for every street south of Post Road? Please clarify...
M. C. October 28, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Bottom line is....If your south of the Post Rd, then get the hell outta there. How much clearer do they need to be.......
Jim Williams October 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM
On the negative side, this looks like it will be a pretty bad storm along the shore. The hurricane of 1938 was mentioned, so on the positive side, since that hurricane 74 years ago, the Army Corp of Engineers have done extensive work to help prevent those kinds of floods. Engineered dams were built with monitored spillways and flood plains to control down river and stream water volume. Even Madison benefited from their engineering work along the North side of Deepwood Drive. Hope we miss the worst of it this time around.
Beth Crowley October 28, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Scranton Library will also be closed Monday and Tuesday and all programs are cancelled. Items due while we are closed will not accrue fines or be considered late. Please wait until we reopen to return materials. Hopefully we will be back in business on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
AA October 28, 2012 at 11:48 PM
You're clearly concentrated on the essential things!
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Thanks Beth!
Fred October 29, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Out of curiosity, what law or provision of law or our State Constitution authorizes the First Selectman or Governor to order me to evacuate my home? I prefer to stay. I have never asked either for anything -- I didn't send my kids to their crappy schools, have never requested the assistance of their corrupt police department, etc., and I won't request that they rescue me during Sandy. Why can't I stay in my home if I wish to do so? Why can't the Governor and First Selectman shut up, mind their own business and focus upon keeping the roads clear?
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 03:55 PM
If nothing else, it's called the law of common sense. You may think it's sensible to stay in the line of danger ... ... but here's the reality ... you are putting yourself in danger, and those of our emergency responders if there is a problem. Even if you don't request a rescue, if they learn a life is at stake, they are the kind of people who will do what they have to do to get their job done. That's the kind of men and women who volunteer to for our fire departments, who are among the first responders. People who stay when they are asked to leave are not brave. They are foolish. It's clear to me that people who make comments like "I don't send my kids to the schools, I don't ask for help from the police department" don't understand the importance of community and why it's important for each of us to support services that are used not only by ourselves, and but also by our neighbors. I hope someday you feel connected enough to our community to understand that, and to take others into consideration when you make your decisions. If you are staying when they've asked you to leave, you are not. Please stay safe and I wish you all the best.
Matt October 29, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I'm sure he'll be the first one to call 911 demanding someone come save his ass when his house is being washed out from under him. And all those evil firemen and police officers will still risk their lives to save him despite his foolishness. It doesn't sound like he wants to live in this town anyway, so maybe he can float with his house and car to another town?? Maybe he'll be happier when his debris field washes up in Port Jefferson.
Fred October 29, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I do support all the goodies that I don't use, Pem. I pay property taxes.
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 05:53 PM
OK. Listen, just stay safe and let us know how you are doing.
Fred October 29, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Yes, Matt, we will all certainly perish if we don't unhesitating obey the dictates of our omniscient First Selectman and avail ourselves of the services of our emergency service workers. Those of us who are taking responsibility for ourselves and our own property, and assisting, without remuneration, those neighbors who need our help are the bad guys.
Matt October 29, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Yes, you very well may. Good luck.


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