Thousands May be Trapped by Hurricane Sandy's Flooding

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the Hurricane Katrina-like situation has thousands of Connecticut residents from Greenwich to Old Saybrook trapped in their homes with flood waters rising and no where to go.

Thousands of people are trapped in their homes, in a possible Katrina-like situation along Connecticut’s shoreline tonight, from Greenwich to Old Saybrook, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging them to stay in their homes and move to higher levels to stay alive. 

In an urgent and hastily called press briefing tonight, the governor said thousands of shoreline residents, or their leaders, did not heed numerous and dire warnings state officials have issued over the past several days for residents in shoreline communities to leave their homes before Hurricane Sandy’s winds forced the waters of Long Island Sound to historic flood levels.

Now, Malloy said, those residents have no choice but to stay put and try to survive the night in their dwellings as the flood waters rise. Leaving now is not an option and poses a greater risk to them, Malloy said.

“Get to a higher floor, as high as you have to. Don’t be near a window because there’s a lot of wind and there’s nothing good to see at this point. Do not try to walk through (the water). Don’t try to swim through it do not try to drive through it.

“Our worst fears are being reached in terms of flooding conditions,” he said.

Malloy said he would assess later why so many people are stranded in their homes along the shoreline, despite numerous warnings by officials, including those in his office, that the storm was catastrophic and residents should leave. But he left open the idea that local leaders may not have heeded the warnings and may not have carried it to their citizenry.

Sarah Gray October 30, 2012 at 03:24 AM
This is why when ur told to leave u just need to leave .. Now they r putting the lives of these rescuers at serious risk when they CHOSE to stay put !!! It's not right !!!
Maria Sorrentino October 30, 2012 at 01:45 PM
i find it offensive to compare this storm to Katrina, which went from a category 5 to 3 when it hit landfall in New Orleans, NOLA is below the sea level,had levees breaking and causing massive flooding to 20 ft and higher and winds beyond 95 miles per hour. My daughter experienced Katrina and other hurricanes in NOLA. Yes this is dangerous but the loss of lives is nothing compared to Katrina....Also these people had several days to prepare not 24 hrs like Katrina. That is why Malloy is so hard on teachers, his facts are askew. Maybe private school education isn't what it's cracked up to be. Maybe he should have gone to a public school.
M October 30, 2012 at 03:59 PM
They only have their homes as financial asset and insurance does not cover flooding unfortunately. So they chose to stay and ensure to try to pump water out and ensure there are no looters to take their possessions. Hard decision to make.
Bob Sherm October 30, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Not only are the lives of the rescuers at risk but the lives of others who encounter unforseen emergencies. The help they need may be delayed by the behavior of these idiots. In my opinion anyone who ignores a mandatory evacuation order, and subsequently "requires' rescuing, should, at the very least, be charged for the service.
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