Are You in Sandy’s Danger Zone? [MAPS]

Branford Fire Department preps for the storm including review of accessing potential flood-prone areas.

“This is the real thing,” said Branford Fire Department Assistant Chief Shaun Heffernan as he addressed volunteer crews and the Fire Police this morning.

“People need to use common sense,” he said. “People need to know their neighborhoods and know what happened last time.”

There have been mandatory evacuations of Branford's coastal neighborhoods. If you’re thinking about leaving, he said, you should.

If you’re wondering if you’re in a flood zone, please check out the attached maps. The orange zone indicates flood area if a category 1 hurricane hits; the green and blue show potential flood areas if a category 2 or 3 was to hit. Many areas will become “islands” the fire department said with out access in or out. Local street flooding is anticipated.

Pawson Park off Linden Avenue, where the road gave way last year, is one area of concern for crews as is Short Beach and Indian Neck. The Fire Department will be trying to access these neighborhoods in emergency situations but they remind residents that driving through water might not be an option. Residents should be prepared to be without access to food and water for 72 hours.

For breaking news and Hurricane Sandy updates, check out Branford Patch Facebook and Twitter and on our Topic Page.

Heffernan and Chief Jack Ahern said they anticipate three high tides during the storm’s impact period from Monday morning to Wednesday afternoon. These high tides could make the water level appear consistently high for coastal residents as if there is no low tide. A full moon is also expected to affect tide levels. 

Right now the Fire Department anticipates the storm to be triple the force of Irene. Tropical storm winds are expected to start affecting Branford Monday morning with the worst of the storm hitting Tuesday around 2 a.m.; the strong winds should subside by Wednesday afternoon. Check out our most recent weather forcast. 

Residents are asked to remain indoors during and after the storm. One of the biggest problems during Irene was residents “sight-seeing” after the storm while emergency responders were trying to assist residents. Don't assume the power has been killed to electric lines, the fire department cautioned as well. Also, residents need to be reminded that water can be contaminated by sewage. Several firefighters were hospitalized with pneumonia following Irene, which was believed to be the result of spending extended period of time in contaminated water.

Residents are asked to secure items around their homes as well, especially if they live in flood-prone areas. Propane tanks should be secured – last storm they were like floating bombs, the fire department said.

The Fire Department will be posting notices on their volunteer headquarters in each neighborhood. You can also follow them on Facebook for updates.

Branford Fire Departments

Branford Fire Department Headquarters

Indian Neck Pine Orchard Company 9

Short Beach Hook Hose & Ladder Company 4

M.P. Rice Company 2

Stony Creek Company 5

Jennifer Scott October 28, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Riverside Dr area in Branford???
Nicole Ball October 28, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Jennifer, if you experienced flooding during Irene, I would suggest leaving. Riverside is def. a questionable street. If you live "river-side" I think it might be a good idea. Though the map is hard to read, see above, if you're in the orange area, you might want to think about evacuating.
Joanne October 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Any evacuation of mobile home residents?
Nicole Ball October 29, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Not that I know of Joanne, unless there are any mobile home residents in flood zones.
carol krause October 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Do you know if Burban drive by the catholic church has been evacuated. My sister is elderly resident in convent there and I am worried? Thanks


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