Good afternoon, this is First Selectman James Cosgrove with an urgent emergency update on Hurricane Henri.

Today, I issued a Declaration of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Henri, which is currently expected to arrive in our area by 4 a.m. Sunday and make landfall near Branford at 8 p.m. Sunday evening.

All residents should be preparing for a significant storm event and taking all actions necessary to protect life and property. This includes having enough food, water, fuel, cash and medications to shelter in place for at least 3 days. We are expecting significant power outages throughout Branford similar to those experienced last summer from Tropical Storm Isaias, and major coastal flooding in our beach communities similar to Hurricane Sandy.

The Town of Branford has issued a Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Order for all residents in Evacuation Zones 1 & 2. Localized messages were sent to residents in the evacuation zone. If you reside in the evacuation zone, you must evacuate your home no later than 9 p.m. this evening due to the likelihood of significant storm surge and coastal flooding.

If you live outside the evacuation zone but in an area that has experienced flooding during previous storms, we highly recommend you make preparations for a possible evacuation if storm predictions change this afternoon. Any residents who do not leave the evacuation zone by 7 a.m. tomorrow are putting their lives at risk and public safety crews may not be able to respond to help once winds exceed 50 MPH. For those evacuees who need a shelter, the Town will be opening the Branford High School Emergency Shelter at 6 p.m. today located at the 185 East Main Street. The Town Shelter does have accommodations for pets if absolutely necessary. For information on evacuation zones please visit the Town website.

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(7) comments

Guest

Where are zones one and two that need to be evacuated

Guest

https://www.branford-ct.gov/sites/default/files/field/files-docs/branford-2014-hurricane-evac-map_0821.pdf

Guest

Find your Zone here:

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/bc8192ea051041d391e5dbba76e3be8b/page/page_2/

Guest

This may work better for a map of evacuation Zones in CT.

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/bc8192ea051041d391e5dbba76e3be8b

Guest

This evacuation was ridiculous to begin with, but there's no way on earth when Cosgrove refuses to reinstate mask mandates.

scjerry

Henri mandatory evacuation notification was erratically executed. Some got CT-Alert phone calls, others did not. Fire department aided in Pawson Point but not in Stony Creek. Seems Madison did it right. CT-Alerts were from an 860 area code, and got flagged as spam on some systems because the call did not have a caller ID. CT- Alert text messages were not flagged as Mandatory Evacuation Notice. Lots of work to do before the next one.

Guest

Never listen to any experts...I live by water and will never evacuate. Live your life people and if covid taught you anything....NEVER LISTEN TO SO CALLED EXPERTS AND ANY ONE WHO WORKS FOR THE CITY/STATE/GOVERNMENT.

experts want control and do not know what they are doing.

Get control over your life, get guns to protect your family and never listen to the town/fire department/cops.

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