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Branford Community Alerts and Messages

Listed below are the latest messages from Town Hall that impact our Community:

Community Message

Snowstorm 01/29/22

January 28, 2022

A powerful Nor’Easter with possible blizzard conditions is expected to impact our area beginning early Saturday morning and continuing through Saturday evening.  Total snowfall is currently forecast to range from 18”- 24”.  High winds and strong wind gusts are also expected causing the blowing/drifting of snow, resulting in low visibility.  Due to the high winds and wind gusts power outages are also possible.  Minor coastal flooding (tides 1 – 2 feet above normal) is expected during high tide.

Residents are advised of the following:

  • Pay attention to local weather forecasts on local radio/tv stations.
  • Drivers are advised to stay off the roads unless their travel is necessary.
  • Residents should avoid parking in the roadway especially on one-way streets and in cul-de-sacs. The Town’s ordinance prohibits parking on the even side of the roadway during and for 24 hours after the snowfall. However, due to the potential impact of this major storm, we request that all vehicles are removed from the roadway. 
  • Prepare for possible power outages, make sure cell phones and other electronic devices are charged.
  • Power outages should be reported directly to Eversource at 800-592-2000.
  • Use 911 to report emergencies only, do not call 911 to report utility outages.
  • Be sure to clear snow from the area where furnaces, hot water heaters, clothes dryers and other appliances vent outside the building.  Should your Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm activate please evacuate the building and call 911.
  • It is the responsibility of the owner, tenant, occupant or any person having the care of any land or building adjoining any sidewalk to clear the sidewalk of all ice and snow following the storm.
  • It is also a violation of town ordinance to deposit snow from private driveways into the roadway and homeowners are responsible for violations committed by their private plowing contractors.
  • We also ask and encourage, residents that live near hydrants to please take some time to clear snow away from hydrants to ensure that the hydrant is both visible and has a useable work space around it.
  • For residents concerned with minor coastal flooding, sand and sandbags are available at DPW located at 137 North Branford Road (on the right as you enter the property).
  • Road salt/sand mix is available for residents at DPW located at 137 North Branford Road (on the right as you enter the property) limited to (2) 5 gallons buckets.
  • The Transfer Station will be closed Saturday. The James Blackstone Memorial and Willoughby Wallace Memorial libraries will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

The Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the situation closely.

Updates to this message will follow as necessary.  For additional information visit the Town’s website at https://www.branford-ct.gov/

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Community Message

Snowstorm 01/29/22 – Snow Removal

January 28, 2022

The Town of Branford Department of Public Works is responsible for plowing snow from all of the public streets. Our goal is to keep all streets open for emergency vehicles, traffic moving and to return roadways to a safe condition for winter travel, as quickly as possible.

We ask that you adhere to the following guidelines in an effort to make clean up faster and more efficient:

  • Do not park vehicles in the street
    • Park them in your driveway, in a neighbor’s driveway (with permission) or in a municipal parking lot.  The Town’s ordinance prohibits parking on the even side of the roadway during and for 24 hours after the snowfall.  However, due to the potential impact of this major storm, we request that all vehicles are removed from the roadway.  Cul–de-sacs are especially challenging, vehicles should not be parked in cul-de-sacs.
  • Do not deposit snow into the roadway or sidewalk
    • It is also a violation of town ordinance to deposit snow from private driveways into the roadway and homeowners are responsible for violations committed by their private plowing contractors.
  • Clearing the end of driveways
    • While we try to minimize the amount of snow that gets plowed back into driveways, it is unavoidable.  To avoid shoveling the end of your driveway multiple times it is suggested that you wait until the plow has fully opened your street.  
  • Clear adjoining sidewalks
    • It is the responsibility of the owner, tenant, occupant or any person having the care of any land or building adjoining any sidewalk to clear the sidewalk of all ice and snow following the storm.
  • Clear Fire Hydrants
    • We also ask and encourage, residents that live near hydrants to please take some time to clear snow away from hydrants to ensure that the hydrant is both visible and has a useable work space around it.

Thank you for your consideration and anticipated cooperation.

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January 27, 2022

Winter Storm Preparations

A significant snowstorm is expected to impact our area beginning early Saturday morning and
continuing through Saturday evening. The Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the storm closely. Residents are reminded to make preparations now.

 

Home

Seal windows and doors

Clear gutters of leaves and debris to prevent flooding or ice dams

Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working

Check heating fuel levels

Insulate pipes that are exposed

Charge cell phones and have extra batteries

Vehicles

Make sure gas tanks are full

Check antifreeze levels

Have a Windshield scrapper/brush

Have jumper cables

Have a car emergency kit, including: flashlight, water, snacks, extra hat, socks, gloves, blanket, first

aid kit, rock salt, flares and shovel

Supplies

Non-perishable food

Any medications

Baby supplies

Flashlights/Batteries

Portable radio

Fire extinguisher

Rock salt/sand/kitty litter

Snow shovel or snow removal equipment

Pets

Stock up on pet supplies including any medications

Bring your pets indoors or to a warm sheltered area

Make sure they have easy access to food and water

FOR UPDATES VISIT THE TOWN’S WEBSITE AT:  WWW.BRANFORD-CT.GOV

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Cold Weather Advisory

January 14, 2022

As frigid temperatures are expected to impact our area over the weekend, the town has announced that the following locations will serve as warming centers during this extreme cold event:

  • Community Center located at 46 Church Street will remain open on Friday, January 14, 2022 until 9:00 p.m. and reopen on Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 16, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • James Blackstone Memorial Library will remain Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library will be open on Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Do not visit any of these facilities if you are sick or have been in close contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days.  

All visitors must adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

  • Use hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • Wear a face covering at all times while inside the building (unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing one).
  • Practice social distancing at all times and maintain a 6 foot distance between you and others.

Failure to comply with the above protocols you may result in you being asked to leave the facility.

If you or someone you know needs assistance please call 2-1-1 to get connected to additional services.

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December 16, 2021

FEMA News Desk: (609) 508-2235
Learn more at fema.gov/disaster/4629                                                                
News Release
Connecticut FEMA Recovery Centers to Close, Help is Still Available

HARTFORD, Conn. – Three Disaster Recovery Centers will be closing this week in Fairfield and New Haven counties. While these sites will be closing help is still available, FEMA specialists are still just a phone call or mouse click away.
Two DRCs, will close at 6 p.m., Friday Dec. 17, and are located at:
▪     New Haven County: New Haven Fire Academy, 230 Ella T. Grasso Blvd., New Haven, CT 06519
▪     Fairfield County: Harry Bennett Library, 115 Vine Rd., Stamford, CT 06905
The final DRC, will close at 4 p.m., Saturday Dec. 18, and is located at:
▪     New Haven County: Milford Office Suites, 1 Darina Place, Milford, CT 06460
Help is Still Available
Disaster survivors can still access disaster information and assistance the following ways: online at DisasterAssistance.gov; by calling 800-621-3362; (TTY:800-462-7585); or download the FEMA app available for smart phones. The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available.
For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4629. Follow the FEMA Region 1 Twitter account at: twitter.com/FEMAregion1.

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December  8, 2021

News Release - Two FEMA Recovery Centers to Open in New Haven County

Hartford, Conn.– For Connecticut survivors of Hurricane Ida, there is still time to get face-to-face help from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Two FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) will open this week in Milford and New Haven to help Connecticut residents affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.  

Representatives from FEMA and the SBA are available at the center to help survivors apply for disaster assistance, explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about FEMA letters and the appeals process and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more disaster resistant.

The first DRC, will open at 8 a.m., Friday Dec. 10, and is located at:

  • New Haven Fire Academy, 230 Ella T. Grasso Blvd., New Haven, CT 06519

The second DRC, will open at 10 a.m., Saturday Dec. 11, and is located at:

  • Old Department of Probation Building, 1 Darina Place, Milford, CT 06460

Regular hours of operation for both locations will be: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and Closed Sunday. Until further notice.

DRCs are accessible for individuals with disabilities and have on-site communication accessibility tools like amplified listening devices and Video Remote Interpreting. Additional accommodations can be made upon arrival. ASL interpreters and multilingual services will be available upon request.

Individuals in Fairfield, New Haven and New London Counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance. FEMA is working with state officials to open further centers throughout declared counties.

Survivors are encouraged to file insurance claims for damage to their homes, personal property, businesses and vehicles before they apply for FEMA assistance. In addition to visiting a DRC, Connecticut residents can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov; via the FEMA app; or by calling the Disaster Assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information prior to registration: Social Security number; address of the damaged primary residence; insurance coverage information; current telephone number and mailing address; and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

To help alleviate the risk of COVID-19 being spread through person-to-person contact, wearing a mask or face covering is required to gain entry. Hand sanitizer is available to survivors and staff.

Workstations are spaced six feet apart to provide an extra level of protection for survivors and staff.

FEMA ensures that common areas are cleaned regularly, and workstations are sanitized after each visitor.

Disaster assistance may include financial help for home repairs along with other programs to assist families recover from the effects of the event.

For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4629. Follow the FEMA Region 1 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMAregion1

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Community Message:

December  6, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Branford residents and businesses may be eligible for financial assistance from FEMA for damage and losses caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.  Please see the attached press release from FEMA for more details.

Beginning today, FEMA -Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams, will be starting their door to door mission in Branford.  Currently they have a list from the preliminary damage assessment (PDA ) data, specifically Bassett Rd, and Toole Dr., to begin door-to-door outreach. 

DSA personnel usually work in team of 2 (for safety and supporting purposes) to conduct outreach to survivors, Faith base organization/community base organizations and local businesses in disaster affected area (identified by local emergency management directors) to provide IA registration intakes, case update/inquiries, and referrals for unmet needs.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to contact FEMA online at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ , via the FEMA app, or call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines
operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available.

Please share this valuable information.

FEMA News Desk: (609) 508-2235

News Release

Connecticut Hurricane Ida – Federal Aid Tops $26 Million, Survivors Still Have Time to Apply with FEMA

HARTFORD, Conn. – With less than one month remaining for Connecticut disaster survivors to apply for federal assistance, more than $26.2 million in federal grants, loans and flood insurance program claims has been approved for residents and businesses to help them recover from damage and losses caused by remnants of Hurricane Ida.

Fairfield, New Haven and New London county homeowners and renters affected by Ida are eligible to apply with FEMA.

As of Dec. 2, FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program has provided more than $4.7 million in federal grants. This amount includes more than $4.4 million in individual assistance for temporary housing and rental and home repair or replacement and $240,645 in other needs assistance (ONA) which can help pay for disaster damaged personal property, transportation, and moving and storage expenses.

Those who have uninsured or underinsured losses can apply with FEMA in one of three ways: online at disasterassistance.gov, via the FEMA app, or call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Next to insurance, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary source of funds for Connecticut disaster survivors to make property repairs and replace personal property destroyed by Hurricane Ida.

As of Dec. 2, More than $5.9 million in SBA disaster loans have been approved to help homeowners, renters and businesses recover from remnants of Hurricane Ida.

For more information, or to apply for a loan contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visiting SBA’s website at sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Connecticut Hurricane Ida – Federal Aid Nears $26 Million, Survivors Still Have Time to Apply with FEMA

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

The NFIP provides flood insurance to property owners, renters and businesses to help them recover faster when floodwaters recede.

As of Nov. 30, NFIP has approved 658 flood insurance claims, and has paid more than $15.6 million to policy holders. The program allows property owners in communities that participate in NFIP to purchase flood insurance administered by the federal government.

Connecticut residents and businesses can purchase flood insurance, by calling their insurance company or insurance agent, the same person who provides their home or auto insurance. Insurance providers can also be found online at FloodSmart.gov/flood-insurance-provider or by calling the NFIP at 877-336-2627.

For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4629. Follow the FEMA Region 1 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMAregion1.

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Community Message

November 9, 2021

Housing Survey

For the next few weeks, the Town of Branford will be conducting a community survey about housing needs in Branford and possible housing strategies for the future.  

The Town is looking at the current and anticipated future housing needs in Branford.  The survey is an opportunity for Branford residents to provide input about their housing experiences and feedback about alternative housing options that could be considered for Branford.  Community input and feedback will enhance these efforts.

The survey can be accessed from the front page of the Town’s website (www.branford-ct.gov) or directly through the following link: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BranfordHousing

  • The survey should only take 5-7 minutes to complete and will help the Town of Branford plan for the future of the community for decades to come.  The survey will be open for responses through Sunday December 5th.
  • It is anticipated that the survey will be used by local boards, agencies, and staff for future planning purposes. 
  • Branford residents are encouraged to participate in the survey to help ensure that we understand community goals.
  • Please contact the Planning & Zoning office if you have any questions or have any difficulty accessing the survey.

Online Survey Flyer

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Autumn Storm - Preparedness Update

October 26, 2021

Readiness Condition: Monitoring

OVERVIEW

POWERFUL AUTUMN STORM MOVING CLOSER TO NEW ENGLAND THIS AFTERNOON…STRONG WINDS AND MODERATE RAINFALL EXPECTED OVERNIGHT…FLOOD WATCHES IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF CONNECTICUT…WIND ADVISORIES IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN CONNECTICUT…

Rest of This Afternoon: The rainfall and winds have slightly subsided for a few hours as the primary low pressure center near New York City weakens.  Maximum rainfall rates of ¼” to ½” inch per hour can be expected.  Winds are forecast to gust to 25 - 35 MPH at times. Some minor urban flooding and minor power outages can be expected.

This Evening and Overnight:  As the Nor’easter approaches New England from the southeast another period of moderate to heavy rain accompanied by stronger winds is expected to begin this evening and continue overnight.  Rainfall rates around ½” per hour and NNE winds may gust to 45 – 65 MPH at times especially in eastern Connecticut may again cause some minor urban flooding.  The impact on power is expected to be minor in western CT and moderate in eastern CT.    

Wednesday Morning: During the morning rush hour winds may still be gusting to 40 MPH at time.  However, most impacts should subside by late-morning on Wednesday as the storm begins to depart to the east. 

 Please be prepared and take the following precautions:

  • Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins issued by the National Weather Service on local radio stations.
  • To prepare for a possible power outage, make sure cell phone batteries are charged, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting.
  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.
  • Close up and secure patio umbrellas.
  • Secure boats with additional lines and/or consider moving your boat from moorings.
  • Prepare your home and family, review your emergency plans, test your generator and other similar activities. You can find additional information here:
  • Sign up to receive Community Messages by email, Click the black “create account” button
  • Sign up to receive Emergency Messages or update your contact information from CT Alert
  • Predetermine where you would evacuate if it should become necessary.  Due to COVID-19 it is best to shelter with family or in a hotel, congregate sheltering should be your last resort.
  • Check on elderly neighbors or other vulnerable community members who may need assistance.

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Community Message

Autumn Storm - Preparedness Update

October 25, 2021

Readiness Condition: Monitoring

OVERVIEW:

A POWERFUL AUTUMN STORM IS EXPECTED TO BRING SOME IMPACTS TO OUR AREA STARTING TONIGHT AND LASTING UNTIL WEDNESDAY MORNING…FLOOD WATCHES ISSUED FOR ALL OF CT…HIGH WIND WATCHES ISSUED FOR CAPE COD AND RHODE ISLAND…

The level of impact from this storm to our area will depend on the exact track the storm takes.  Two possible tracks are being forecasted by most computer models; an offshore track and a track close to the coast.  The following forecast combines the tracks into a consensus forecast that has the highest probability of occurring.  Here is a detailed forecast based on a consensus of the computer models:

Tonight: Rain developing overnight as a low pressure system begins to take shape off the North Carolina coast.  No significant impacts are expected overnight.  

Tuesday: Rain becoming heavy at times during the morning and continuing into the afternoon.  Wind gusts gradually increasing from 15 – 25 MPH at daybreak up to 35 – 45 MPH by mid-afternoon especially in eastern CT.  The heavy rain is likely to cause moderate urban flooding especially where storm drains become clogged by leaves.  The strong wind gusts Tuesday afternoon may cause a minor to moderate number of power outages especially across eastern CT.  The peak of this storm is currently forecast to occur late Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening with rainfall rates close to 1” per hour at times and NNE winds gusting to 40 – 50 MPH at times. 

Tuesday Night: The wind and rain are expected to gradually decrease overnight with some additional power outages and some minor urban flooding.  Minor stream flooding is also possible. Minor coastal flooding is possible during the times of high tide Tuesday night.  Most impacts should subside by Wednesday morning as the storm begins to depart to the east.

 Please be prepared and take the following precautions:

·         Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins issued by the National Weather Service on local radio stations.

·         To prepare for a possible power outage, make sure cell phone batteries are charged, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting.

·         Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys.

·         Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.

·         Close up and secure patio umbrellas.

·         Secure boats with additional lines and/or consider moving your boat from moorings.

·         Prepare your home and family, review your emergency plans, test your generator and other similar activities. You can find additional information here:

o    Ready.GOV- Emergency Kit

o    American Red Cross Hurricane Prep

o    Preparing your home for disaster

·         Sign up to receive Community Messages by email, Click the black “create account” button

·         Sign up to receive Emergency Messages or update your contact information from CT Alert

·         Predetermine where you would evacuate if it should become necessary.  Due to COVID-19 it is best to shelter with family or in a hotel, congregate sheltering should be your last resort. 

·         Check on elderly neighbors or other vulnerable community members who may need assistance.

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Community Message: Town Beaches

September 4, 2021

The East Shore District Health Department has re-opened Branford beaches for swimming.  Have a safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend.

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Community Message: Beach closures

September 3, 2021

Due to Tropical Storm Ida and the significant rainfall it brought along with the possibility of debris in the water, the town beaches will be closed until further notice for the public's safety.   The East Shore District Health Department will reassess and let us know when it is safe to reopen them back up.

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Community Message: Weather Update

September 1, 2021

This is an urgent advisory from the Town of Branford Emergency Operations Center.

  •     Remnants of Hurricane Ida will bring heavy rain to Branford, tonight into tomorrow. The heaviest rainfall is expected between 9:00 PM and 3:00 AM with rainfall rates of 1” – 2” at times. Brief periods of extremely heavy rain with rates up to 4 inches per hour is possible in our area.
  •     Flooding is likely in flood prone areas, basement flooding is also likely.
  •     Flooding from this storm has the potential to block roads under the railroad overpasses located on Thimble Island Road, Totoket Rd, Montowese Street and Indian Neck Ave at Meadow Street.
  •     Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Never drive around barricades.
  •     Public Safety will be closely monitoring known flood prone areas overnight.
  •     Call 911 if you have a true emergency. Non-emergency public safety phone numbers may be found at branford-ct.gov under the heading of Public Safety.
  •     Additional information will follow as necessary.

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Community Message: Weather Update

September 1, 2021

OVERVIEW

FLOOD WATCHES REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE STATE…THE NWS IS STARTING TO ISSUE FLOOD WARNINGS JUST TO OUR WEST…SIGNIFICANT FLOODING IS LIKELY OVERNIGHT…

At 5:00 PM radar showed a band of moderate to heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms across northern Connecticut. This band is sliding to the northeast at 30 MPH. The SPC continues to place southeastern and coastal Connecticut into the Slight Risk Category for severe thunderstorms with a 5% risk of an isolated tornado.

The latest model runs are showing southern CT with the most rainfall (6”- 8” with isolated amounts up to 10”)) and northern CT with slightly less rainfall (3” – 6”). However, all towns should be prepared to closely monitor their known flood prone areas tonight. Here’s a detailed forecast based on the latest models.

Rest of This Afternoon: Rain temporarily tapering off to showers between now and 7:00 PM. Some urban flooding is still possible especially in northern CT where bands of heavy rain have been occurring for the past several hours. There is a 2% - 5% chance of an isolated tornado in any thunderstorms that develop. 

This Evening: Bands of heavy rain will return from the west by 7:00 PM and spread across the rest of the state by 9:00 PM. Some embedded thunderstorms can also be expected to move across the state. Rainfall rates of 1” - 2”+ per hour can be expected especially in southern CT by 9:00 PM. Moderate urban flooding is expected to begin by 9:00 PM.

Overnight: Heavy rain is expected between 9:00 PM and 3:00 AM across most of the state with rainfall rates of 1” – 2” at times. Brief periods of extremely heavy rain (rainfall rates of 3” – 4” per hour) are possible in thunderstorms especially in southern CT. Major urban flooding is expected with multiple road and some bridge washouts. Widespread moderate to major small stream flooding and some moderate river flooding is also possible. Basement flooding is also likely. There is a 5% chance of an isolated tornado in any thunderstorms that develop especially in southern CT. All towns should closely monitor known flood prone areas overnight.

The overnight tide is in our favor but we are still at risk for serious flooding especially in low laying areas, underpasses and other flood prone areas. Do not drive through flooded areas!

Thursday Morning: The rain is expected to taper off from west to east around daybreak. Urban and small stream flooding is expected to subside by mid-morning. River flooding may continue into Thursday afternoon and evening. Total rainfall is forecast to range from 4” – 8” with isolated amounts up to 10”.

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COMMUNITY ALERT

Hurricane Henri Alert #3 Branford CT 8/22/21 3:00pm

Good afternoon, this is First Selectman James Cosgrove with an update on Tropical Storm Henri.

  • I’m happy to report we escaped the worst of the predicted impact of the storm. If you evacuated it is safe to return home.
  • The shelter at Branford High School will close at 6:00 pm.
  • There is still a possibility of flooding over streets and in low lying areas during the next high tide around 12:05 am. Residents are reminded not to drive into standing water.
  • Garbage pick-up will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
  • Thank you for your patience and remind your friends who do not receive these message to sign up at CT-Alerts.  

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Hurricane Henri - weather impact map update - 8/22/21 

https://www.branford-ct.gov/sites/default/files/field/files-docs/henri_w...

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Everbridge Hurricane Henri Message -  8/21/2021

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 7 a.m. Sunday morning 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.

SUBSCRIBE HERE FOR BRANFORD EMERGENCY ALERTS

Branford Hurricane Evacuation Map

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Everbridge Henri Message -  8/20/2021

Title: Branford Storm Henri Message: Warning and Prep Message

Hello this is First Selectman James Cosgrove with an important message regarding Hurricane Henri.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Branford. A tropical cyclone is expected to impact our area within 36 hours or less. Winds may be accompanied by a storm surge, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding."

The Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the situation closely. 

  • Take urgent efforts to protect life and property. Have food, water, cash fuel and medications for 3+ days.
  • Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins issued by the National Weather Service on local radio or TV stations.
  •  Bring inside any loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys. Secure propane tanks, fuel tanks, boats and watercraft.
  • Prepare for possible power outages, make sure cell phone batteries are charged. 
  • A full moon tide is predicted. If you had flooding during Hurricanes Irene or Sandy, you should expect flooding during this storm.
  • EMERGENCY WORKERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REACH YOU DURING THE STORM
  • Have a plan to relocate to a safe location before the storm. If you live on the Thimble Islands, live in an areas prone to flooding, or are dependent on others for assistance you should make preparations now.

Updates to this message will follow as necessary.

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Community Message

August 20, 2021

Town of Branford Emergency Management
Current Status of the Emergency Operations Center: Enhanced Monitoring
***A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Branford***

  • Tropical Storm Henri is expected to strengthen to a Hurricane later this afternoon; follow National Weather Service Briefings here: Weather.gov New York
  • Hurricane Henri is expected to impact our area Sunday morning. Residents should begin preparations NOW!
  • A full moon tide is predicted. If you had flooding during Hurricanes Irene or Sandy, you should expect flooding during this storm.
  • EMERGENCY WORKERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REACH YOU DURING THE STORM
  • Have a plan to relocate to a safe location before the storm. If you live on the Thimble Islands, live in an areas prone to flooding, or are dependent on othersfor assistance you should make preparations now.
  • Secure propane tanks, fuel tanks, boats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, outdoor furniture, garbage cans, and any other objects that may drift or be picked up by the wind.
  • Expect power outages; prepare for blocked roads and streets.
  • Fuel your vehicles and have food, water, and medications on hand.

Here are some helpful links for additional Storm Preparation Information:
How to Prepare for Hurricane Season | FEMA.gov
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Tropical Storm Elsa

Preparedness Update 1

July 8, 2021

Readiness Condition: Monitoring
OVERVIEW

TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS ISSUED FOR SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN, SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX AND ALL OF NEW LONDON COUNTIES…FLASH FLOOD WATCHES ISSUED FOR THE ENTIRE STATE…

Elsa is forecast to make its closest approach near Stonington around 10:00 AM Friday morning as a tropical storm with sustained winds of 50 MPH and gusts to 65 MPH.  Winds are currently forecast to begin increasing along the coast here in Connecticut at daybreak on Friday.  The winds are expected to peak during the mid-morning in southeastern Connecticut and be sustained at 30 – 35 MPH with gusts to 40 - 50 MPH at times.  Recent rainfall has saturated the soil in Connecticut and heavy rainfall associated with Elsa will likely cause moderate urban flooding and minor river flooding Friday morning.  Total rainfall is forecast to range from 3” – 5” with locally higher amounts possible from this evening thru early Friday afternoon. 

The strong winds combined with wet soils may cause a minor to moderate number of power outages in southeastern CT and minor power outages across the rest of the state. These impacts are based on the current NHC forecast.  We are still 23 hours from closest approach and any slight changes in the track forecast would significantly change the impacts for our area.   

Curbside recycling and garbage collection will begin early.  Residents scheduled for collection tomorrow morning should place their materials curbside before 9:00 p.m. tonight.

Please be prepared and take the following precautions:

  • Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins issued by the National Weather Service on local radio stations.
  • To prepare for a possible power outage, make sure cell phone batteries are charged, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting.
  • If you are a property owner, builder, contractor, and/or crane operator, secure your construction site(s), building(s), and equipment.
  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.
  • Close up and secure patio umbrellas.
  • Secure boats with additional lines and/or consider moving your boat from moorings.
  • Prepare your home and family, review your emergency plans, test your generator and other similar activities. You can find additional information here:
  • Sign up to receive Community Messages by email, Click the black “create account” button
  • Sign up to receive Emergency Messages or update your contact information from CT Alert
  • Predetermine where you would evacuate if it should become necessary.  Due to COVID-19 it is best to shelter with family or in a hotel, congregate sheltering should be your last resort.
  • Check on elderly neighbors or other vulnerable community members who may need assistance.

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Community Message

April 14, 2021

Yesterday, the Branford Police Department responded to an active shooter situation where an individual had barricaded himself in local business/residence and began shooting at civilians and police.  The area was immediately secured and assistance was sought from a variety of area agencies including the South Central Connecticut SWAT team, the Connecticut State Police, FBI, Branford 911 Dispatchers, Branford Fire Department and Police Departments from the towns of East Haven, North Haven, New Haven, North Branford, Madison and Guilford. 

The Branford Fire Department transported one civilian to Yale New Haven Hospital for a non-life threatening gun shot wound.  No other injuries were reported by any other civilians or any of the responding units. 

The Town of Branford is grateful for the rapid and well-organized response from all of our partnering agencies and believes that their swift response and actions helped prevent injuries and saved numerous lives.

This matter is still an active investigation that will be handled by the Branford Police Department in conjunction with the New Haven State’s Attorney Office and Connecticut State Police.

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April 13, 2021

ACTIVE POLICE SCENE

Branford Police are dealing with a barricaded person with shots fired in the area of Main Street near Cherry Hill Road. 

Please avoid the following areas:

  • Main Street from the intersection at West Main Street to Kirkham Street
  • Route 1 from Short Beach Road to Cherry Hill Road
  • West End Avenue to Bridge Street
  • North Harbor Street from Elm Street to Bradley Street

The Branford Fire Department has transported one civilian to Yale New Haven Hospital with what is believed to be non-life threatening gun shot wound.   No other injuries are known at this time.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

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Community Message

February 23, 2020  

Eversource Customer Bill Help

The pandemic continues to impact residents of Branford financially and in unprecedented ways.

If you’re finding it difficult to keep up on your energy bills, you don’t need to struggle alone. Eversource has protections, programs and payment plans to help. These plans charge no interest, require no down payment, and all customers qualify at least once for one or more of these plans.

Please call Eversource at 800-286-2828 (electric customers) or 800-438-2278 (gas customers) or visit Eversource.com/billhelp. They will work with you to find the right program or option for you. You may qualify for protection from service disconnection or other special programs to help you reduce your past due balance, including:

  • Protection from service disconnection from November 1 to May 1.
  • The New Start program (for electric customers), which forgives overdue balances by making on-time, monthly budget payments.
  • The Matching Payment Program (for electric or gas heating customers), which offers payments as low as $50.
  • Energy Assistance, which provides payment toward your heating bill.
  • Additional financial assistance for overdue bills for qualified customers may be available through Operation Fuel. Visit OperationFuel.org or call 860-243-2345.
  • All customers, regardless of financial status, can enroll in the COVID-19 payment plan to pay a past-due balance over a period of up to 24 months. No down payment is required for eligible customers. As long as you make your payments, your service will not be disconnected for the duration of your plan.
  • For energy-saving tips, rebates and incentives on energy-saving products, and to sign up for Home Energy SolutionsSM, go to Eversource.com and select Save Money & Energy.

The most important thing you can do is call Eversource at the numbers above to find out more. Your local Community Action Agency can also provide help. Visit CAFCA.org or 211CT.org to connect with the agency closest to you.

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February 7, 2021 - Snowstorm

NO CHANGES TO THE CURBSIDE RECYCLING AND GARBAGE COLLECTION AS A RESULT OF TODAY'S SNOWSTORM.

Snowfall is expected to taper off from west to east between 4:00 - 6:00 PM and weather conditions will improve therefore there will be no changes to the curbside collection.

The Transfer Station remains open to the residents of Branford during normal business hours.

Please be reminded all visitors:

  • Must wear a face mask
  • Please move through Transfer Station expeditiously
  • Maintain social distancing at all times

Please visit our website https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments/solid-waste-recycling for holiday or limited access dates due to chipping.

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February 1, 2021

Due to current weather conditions the Branford Town Hall is closed. Some offices are still providing services remotely.

Residents can take advantage of the availability of services via online or by phone. Please visit our website at www.branford-ct.gov or contact the department directly for assistance: https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments

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February 1, 2021

A powerful snowstorm is impacting our area.   The worst weather will occur between 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with snowfall rates over an inch per hour. Blizzard conditions are possible from noon to 7 p.m.  Snowfall totals of 12-16 is expected and we can also expect gusty winds and blowing/drifting of snow, which may cause low visibility.  In addition, power outages are also possible.  Minor coastal flooding (tides 1 – 2 feet above normal) is expected during high tide around 1:40 PM. 

The Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the situation closely.

  • Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins issued by the National Weather Service on local radio stations.
  • All curbside collection of trash and recycling will be delayed one day for the reminder of the week. 
  • Drivers are advised to stay off the roads unless their travel is necessary.
  • Prepare for possible power outages, make sure cell phone batteries are charged.
  • Residents should avoid parking in the roadway. The Town’s ordinance prohibits parking on the even side of the roadway during and for 24 hours after the snowfall.
  • Be sure to clear snow from the area where furnaces, hot water heaters, clothes dryers and other appliances vent outside the building.  Should your Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm activate please evacuate the building and call 911.
  • In addition, it is the responsibility of the owner, tenant, occupant or any person having the care of any land or building adjoining any sidewalk to clear the sidewalk of all ice and snow following the storm.
  • It is also a violation of town ordinance to deposit snow from private driveways into the roadway and homeowners are responsible for violations committed by their private plowing contractors. 

Updates to this message will follow as necessary.

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Community Message 1

December 24, 2020

  • A powerful storm is approaching the area for Thursday night to Friday morning. Wind Gusts of up to 65 MPH are possible.
  • The strongest winds and heaviest rains are expected between 3:00am and 11:00am Friday morning.
  • Heavy rainfall combined with melting snow may result in some local flooding, especially in low layer or poor drainage areas.
  • Flooding is most likely during the time of the morning high tide at approximately at 7:37 a.m.
  • Please take precautions such as having an emergency travel kit, gas for your car and generator if you have one.
  • Please make sure that outside decorations are secure and trash receptacles are put away.
  • Please charge your cell phones and electronic equipment. If power does go out please do not touch any downed wires - contact Eversource to report them.
  • Use 911 only to report emergencies, do not call 911 to report utility outages.
  • The Emergency Operations Center is Open and our 1st responders and Public Works teams are ready if needed.

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December 16, 2020

A snowstorm is slated to arrive today between 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.  The heaviest snowfall will be overnight, in the early hours of Thursday morning.  All residents should begin emergency preparations for heavy snowfall, severe winds and minor coastal flooding.  Snowfall totals could be up to 15 inches, and we can also expect gusty winds and blowing/drifting of snow, which may cause low visibility.  In addition, power outages are also possible.

The Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the situation closely.

  • Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins issued by the National Weather Service on local radio stations.
  • All curbside collection of trash and recycling will be delayed one day for the reminder of the week.  The Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday, December 17.
  • Drivers are advised to stay off the roads unless their travel is necessary.
  • Prepare for possible power outages, make sure cell phone batteries are charged.
  • Residents should avoid parking in the roadway. The Town’s ordinance prohibits parking on the even side of the roadway during and for 24 hours after the snowfall.
  • Be sure to clear snow from the area where furnaces, hot water heaters, clothes dryers and other appliances vent outside the building.  Should your Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm activate please evacuate the building and call 911.
  • In addition, it is the responsibility of the owner, tenant, occupant or any person having the care of any land or building adjoining any sidewalk to clear the sidewalk of all ice and snow following the storm.
  • It is also a violation of town ordinance to deposit snow from private driveways into the roadway and homeowners are responsible for violations committed by their private plowing contractors. 

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November 13, 2020

Yesterday, the US and many States documented their largest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day, and unfortunately, the Town of Branford also experienced its highest number of positive COVID-19 cases in a single day since the pandemic began.  The cases affect individuals ranging in age from 13 to 76, solidifying that this virus has no bounds.  In addition, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed a fatality from COVID-19 in Branford. The deceased was a male between the ages of 70-80 years old.  As a community, we are deeply saddened to announce that another Branford resident has died as a result of contracting COVID-19. “This terrible virus has taken another life in our community, and that loss of life gives each of us pause and fills us with sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family” Cosgrove said.

As we navigate through these unprecedented times and it is imperative that we work together to reduce the spread of this virus.  First Selectman Cosgrove stated “I am particularly concerned with the upcoming holidays and indoor gatherings.  I can’t stress enough how important it is to follow guidance and personal protection precautions provided by the CDC, State of CT Department of Public Health and the East Shore District Health Department”.

Wearing a face covering and social distancing are crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus.  We are also recommending that all individuals both adults and children, stay home as much as possible and not interact with individuals outside of your own household.

  • The spread of COVID-19 happens most frequently due to close contact.   Hosting or attending a gathering puts you and others at higher risk of contracting the virus.
  • Your elderly family members such as grandparents and those that have underlying health conditions are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and suffering severe effects. 
  • People who look healthy can still be infected and can spread the virus to you and your household.
  • Gatherings should be limited to only those that live in your house.

If you decide to go to or host a small gathering (max.10 people per Governor’s EO) please consider the following:

  • Wear your face covering at all times especially inside.
  • Do not shake hands or hug anyone. 
  • Social distance and stay 6 feet away from others at all times.
  • Set-up tables and chairs so that households can sit 6 feet apart.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.  Don’t share any items with anyone.
  • If possible, bring your own food and beverages—use disposable plates and utensils.
  • Use paper towels in the bathrooms instead of shared hand towels.
  • Leave windows open to provide additional ventilation.
  • Place hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes near the entry way and in bathrooms.

Please see the attached links for guidance and protocols.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2Findex.html

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

http://www.esdhd.org/

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November 13, 2020

Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library

Due to the rise in the increasing number of Branford residents who are testing positive for COVID-19, effective Monday, November 16, 2020 through Friday, December 4, 2020 public access to Town Hall will be limited.  In person services will be by appointment only.  All offices will continue to be staffed during normal business hours.  We have instituted many changes in an effort to expand the availability of services to our residents and businesses. Many services are available without having to make a trip to Town Hall or other offices.  We strongly encouraging residents to take advantage of the availability of these services via online or by phone.  Please visit our website at www.branford-ct.gov or contact the department directly for assistance:  https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments

The town remains committed to providing essential services during this public health emergency while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees and our residents.  We will evaluate the COVID-19 data as provided by the state and the ESDHD during the week of December 4 to determine if this process will need to be extended.

If you require additional service please call 203-488-8394.

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Community Message - COVID-19                         

November 13, 2020 

Town Hall Operations

Due to the rise in the increasing number of Branford residents who are testing positive for COVID-19, effective Monday, November 16, 2020 through Friday, December 4, 2020 public access to Town Hall will be limited.  In person services will be by appointment only.  All offices will continue to be staffed during normal business hours.  We have instituted many changes in an effort to expand the availability of services to our residents and businesses. Many services are available without having to make a trip to Town Hall or other offices.  We strongly encouraging residents to take advantage of the availability of these services via online or by phone.  Please visit our website at www.branford-ct.gov or contact the department directly for assistance:  https://www.branford-ct.gov/departments

The town remains committed to providing essential services during this public health emergency while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees and our residents.  We will evaluate the COVID-19 data as provided by the state and the ESDHD during the week of December 4 to determine if this process will need to be extended.

If you require additional service please call 203-488-8394.

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COMMUNITY MESSAGE – OCTOBER 30, 2020

GATHERINGS DURING COVID-19

WHILE YOU MAY THINK IT’S HARMLESS TO HAVE GATHERINGS DURING THIS TIME, HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD THINK TWICE:

  • GATHERINGS = PERSON TO PERSON CONTACT: SPREAD OF COVID-19 HAPPENS MOST FREQUENTLY DUE TO CLOSE CONTACT.   HOSTING OR ATTENDING A GATHERING PUTS YOU AND OTHERS AT HIGHER RISK OF CONTRACTING THE VIRUS.
  • YOU COULD BE PUTTING LOVED ONES AT RISK: YOUR ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS SUCH AS GRANDPARENTS AND THOSE THAT HAVE UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS ARE AT HIGHER RISK OF CONTRACTING COVID-19 AND SUFFERING SEVERE EFFECTS.  IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THOSE AT HIGHER RISK.
  • BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: PEOPLE WHO LOOK HEALTHY CAN STILL BE INFECTED AND CAN SPREAD THE VIRUS TO YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD.  THAT’S WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO STAY AWAY FROM THOSE OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSEHOLD, EVEN IF THEY DON’T SEEM SICK.
  • HOUSEHOLD = THOSE THAT LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE: GATHERINGS SHOULD BE LIMITED TO ONLY THOSE THAT LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE.  EXTENDED FAMILY AND GUESTS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED OVER FOR ANY OCCASION.

THE SAFEST GATHERINGS DURING THE PANDEMIC ARE THOSE THAT ARE VIRTUAL—CONSIDER CALLING OR SETTING UP VIRTUAL CALLS TO CHAT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

GATHERING SAFETY TIPS

IF YOU DECIDE TO GO TO OR HOST A SMALL GATHERING PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  • WEAR YOUR FACE COVERING AT ALL TIMES ESPECIALLY INSIDE.
  • DO NOT SHAKE HANDS OR HUG ANYYONE. 
  • STAY 6 FEET AWAY FROM OTHERS.
  • SET UP TABLES AND CHAIRS SO THAT HOUSEHOLDS CAN SIT 6 FEET APART.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS OR USE HAND SANITIZER FREQUENTLY.  DON’T SHARE ANY ITEMS WITH ANYONE.
  • IF POSSIBLE, BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND BEVERAGES—USE DISPOSABLE PLATES AND UTENSILS.
  • USE PAPER TOWELS IN THE BATHROOMS INSTEAD OF SHARED HAND TOWELS.
  • LEAVE WINDOWS OPEN TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL VENTILATION.
  • PLACE HAND SANITIZER AND ANTI BACTERIAL WIPES NEAR THE ENTRY WAY AND IN BATHROOMS.

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Community Message – Storm of 08/27/20

Message 7

Update 09/10/2020

Reminder - Storm Debris 

As stated previously, the town sustained massive damage town wide during the storm on 8/27.  DPW crews have been out collecting and cleaning up debris.  The amount of debris that was left behind from this storm is enormous and it will take several more weeks to collect debris.  Crews will only make a one-time pick up.

We are asking for everyone’s help with clean up efforts and urge residents, if possible, to take as much debris as you can to the Transfer Station instead of leaving it curbside. 

If you are unable to bring limbs to the Transfer Station the Town will provide curbside collection service for tree debris less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.

Hired tree/landscape contractors should not be placing debris at the curb. Materials left at the curb by contractors will not be picked up. 

Smaller debris (branches must be less than 3 feet in length) can be broken up and placed in trash bags, brown bags or left loose in barrels and left out with your weekly garbage.  The collection contractor will collect up to 3 bags/barrels per week.  In addition, small bagged debris can be brought to the Transfer Station and discarded with the garbage.  If possible we urge residents to bring these materials to the Transfer Station.

The Transfer Station is open Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  A resident sticker or trip pass is required.

We are asking for everyone’s continued patience.  We are fortunate that during this storm we did not have any residents sustain any critical injuries or loss of life.  As a community, we will continue to work together to clean up, recover and rebuild after this devastating storm. 

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Community Message – Storm of 08/27/20

Message 7

Update 09/03/2020

Storm Debris Cleanup Assistance

The Town of Branford has announced that additional assistance in the clearing and hauling to the curb of storm damaged brush and limbs from the tornado and thunderstorm of August 27th will be available beginning Saturday, September 5th.

The Town is appreciative of the efforts of Team Rubicon and other Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs) including United Way 211, The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross, to coordinate this project and provide much needed assistance to those severely impacted by this event.

Residents may call 211 and select option 3 and remain on the line, or visit their website at: www.211ct.org/tornadodamagect  to register their address and complete a short survey to determine needs and eligibility.  Priorities will be given to those with financial hardship, senior citizens, functional needs, veterans and similar factors.

All removal work will be coordinated through the Town’s unified command and the State of CT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Local residents who are also interested in volunteering their time to support this effort, may contact 211.

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Community Message – Storm of 08/27/20

Message 6

Update 09/02/2020

Storm Debris

As stated previously, the town sustained massive damage town wide and it will take weeks to finish the clean up of debris.  The amount of debris that was left behind from this storm is enormous.  We are asking for everyone’s help with clean up efforts and urge residents, if possible, to take as much debris as you can to the Transfer Station instead of leaving it curbside. 

  • If you are unable to bring limbs to the Transfer Station the Town will provide curbside collection service for tree debris less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.
  • Hired tree/landscape contractors should not be placing debris at the curb. Materials left at the curb by contractors will not be picked up.
  • Smaller debris (branches must be less than 3 feet in length) can be broken up and placed in trash bags, brown bags or left loose in barrels and left out with your weekly garbage.  The collection contractor will collect up to 3 bags/barrels per week.  In addition, small bagged debris can be brought to the Transfer Station and discarded with the garbage.  If possible we urge residents to bring these materials to the Transfer Station.
  • The Transfer Station is open Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  A resident sticker or trip pass is required.

We are asking for everyone’s continued patience.  We are fortunate that during this storm we did not have any residents sustain any critical injuries or loss of life.  As a community, we will continue to work together to clean up, recover and rebuild after this devastating storm.

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Storm of: 08/27/20

Message 3

Update: 08/28/2020

As of 5:00 p.m. 42% of the town is still without power.  Crews have made significant progress in clearing storm debris and in restoration efforts.  We are asking for everyone’s continued patience. 

  • Please do not call the police or fire departments for power outage status. They are overwhelmed with emergency calls related to the storm.
  • Please call 911 to report any carbon monoxide alarms.
  • DO NOT go around or through areas that are marked off by yellow tape or barriers.
  • Assume that all downed power lines are live.  If you see a downed wire, call Eversource at 800-286-2000 or 911.
  • Before you use a generator, make sure it is connected by a qualified electrician. Always operate it outdoors and as far from the house as possible. Keep it away from doors, windows and air vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • All Restaurants without power or a generator previously approved by the town must remain closed at this time.
  • Curbside Collection of tree debris will be begin next week. The Town will send crews to pick up and/or chip tree limbs that are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.
  • Charging stations are available at: Branford Fire Headquarters and Town Hall 
  • The Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street open as a cooling center for Branford Residents on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance. All visitors must adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols.

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Storm of 08/27/20

Message 2

Update 08/28/2020

As you know, Branford was devastated by the storm that hit our community yesterday creating massive damage town wide.  At this time we are still assessing the impacts of this storm. Many roads are still closed. Eversource crews are in town and working on opening roads and restoring power.  As of 1:00 p.m. 55% of the town is still without power.  At this time we do not have estimated restoration times.  We are asking for everyone’s patience as we tackle the enormous tasks ahead of us.

  • Please do not call the police or fire departments for power outage status.  They are overwhelmed with emergency calls related to the storm.
  • Please call 911 to report any carbon monoxide alarms.
  • We are asking residents limit travel and please use extreme caution if you have to travel and DO NOT go around or through areas that are marked off by yellow tape or barriers.
  • Assume that all downed power lines are live.  If you see a downed wire, call Eversource at 800-286-2000 or 911 to report it.
  • Before you use a generator, make sure it is connected by a qualified electrician. Always operate it outdoors and as far from the house as possible. Keep it away from doors, windows and air vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • All Restaurants without power or a generator previously approved by the town must remain closed at this time.
  • Curbside Collection of tree debris will be begin next week. The Town will send crews to pick up and/or chip tree limbs that are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.
  • Charging stations are available at: Branford Fire Headquarters, 45 North Main St.; Town Hall, 1019 Main St. There are outlets available outside in each of those locations.
  • The Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street will continue to remain open as a cooling center for Branford Residents today until to 7:00 p.m. Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance. All visitors must adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols.

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August 14, 2020

Storm Isaias

Debris collection continues following the aftermath of Storm Isaias.  The Department of Public Works crews have been collecting and/or chipping large trees and limbs that are left at the curb are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter. 

Smaller debris (branches must be less than 3 feet in length) can be broken up and placed in trash bags, brown bags or left loose in barrels and left out with your weekly garbage.  The collection contractor will collect up to 3 bags/barrels per week.

Residents can also bring clean wood/green waste to the Transfer Station Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  A resident sticker or trip pass is required.

If you placed limbs at the curb and they haven’t been picked up by Wednesday, August 19, 2020 please call the Department of Public Works at 203-488-4156 to be placed on a pick up list.  We expect to have pick up completed by the end of next week.

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August 8, 2020

Storm Isaias

As of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon approximately 20% of Branford customers are currently still without power.  Restoration efforts continue to move forward and several critical infrastructure facilities are now back on line and some major roads have been opened.  If your neighbors have power but yours is still out please contact Eversource to let them know.  We understand residents’ frustration with the continued delay in restoration, please be assured that we are continuing to put pressure on Eversource regarding restoration efforts.

  • CVS at Short Beach Road is still closed if you normally receive your prescription at this location please try calling CVS in East Haven at 203-468-6594.
  •  Please DO NOT go around or through areas that are marked off by yellow tape or barriers.  Downed electric wires should always be treated as live as they can become energized at any time.
  • Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street is will remain open as a cooling center for Branford Residents on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance. All visitors must adhere to COVID-19 Safety Protocols.  Charging stations are also available.
  • Outdoor charging stations are also available at Branford Fire Headquarters, Indian Neck Fire Station, Stony Creek Fire House, Short Beach Fire House and Town Hall. 
  • Curbside Collection of tree debris has begun. Crews will continue picking up and/or chipping tree limbs that are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter. 
  • Small debris – less than 3 feet in length can be placed in trash bags, brown bags or left loose in barrels.  These bags should be placed with your weekly garbage.  The collection contractor will pick up 3 bags/barrels/bundles per week. 
  • The Transfer Station will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday to accept clean wood or green waste only.  Trash and other household items will not be accepted 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Some town department phone lines are down.  Residents are able to leave voice mail messages that will be retrieved by staff and calls will be returned at quickly as possible.
  • All town beaches are now open. 

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August 7, 2020

Storm Isaias

Cooling center

The Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street will remain open as a cooling center for Branford Residents on Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance.

DO NOT VISIT THE FACILITY IF YOU ARE SICK OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE THAT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS, OR HAVE TRAVELED TO A STATE THAT IS ON THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT TRAVEL ADVISORY LIST.

All visitors must adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

  • Have your temperature checked upon arrival.
  • Sign in by providing your name and contact information.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • Wear a face covering at all times while inside the building (unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing one).
  • Practice social distancing at all times and maintain a 6 foot distance between you and others.

If you fail to comply with the above protocols you may be asked to leave the facility.

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August 7, 2020

Storm Isaias

As of 11:00 a.m. this morning approximately 32% or Branford customers are currently without power.  Restoration efforts continue to move forward and several critical infrastructure facilities our now back on line and some major roads have been opened.  We are awaiting the arrival or a restoration crew assigned to Branford from Massachusetts.  We understand residents’ frustration with the continued delay in restoration, please be assured that we are continuing to put pressure on Eversource regarding restoration efforts.

PHARMACIES/PRESCRIPTIONS – CVS at Short Beach Road is currently closed due to loss of power.  If you normally receive your prescription at this location please try calling another branch for assistance.  The closest location is CVS, 369 Main Street, East Haven 203-468-6594.

TRAVEL – Please use extreme caution when traveling and DO NOT go around or through areas that are marked off by yellow tape or barriers.

COOLING CENTER – Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street will continue to remain open as a cooling center for Branford Residents today from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance. All visitors must adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols.  Charging stations are also available.

CHARGING STATIONS – Outside outlets are available for charging electronics at Branford Fire Headquarters, Indian Neck Fire Station, Stony Creek Fire House and Town Hall. 

DEBRIS COLLECTION – Curbside Collection of tree debris will be begin tomorrow.  The Town will send crews to pick up and/or chip tree limbs that are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.  Smaller debris (branches must be less than 3 feet in length) can be placed in trash bags, brown bags or left loose in barrels.

TRANSFER STATION – The Transfer Station will remain open until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday to accept clean wood or green waste only.  Trash and other household items will not be accepted after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday or after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

TELEPHONE OUTAGES – Due to loss of power at some town departments the phone lines are down.  Residents are able to leave voice mail messages that will be retrieved by staff and calls will be returned at quickly as possible 

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August 6, 2020

Storm Isaias

Town Beaches and Shellfishing areas

The town beaches and shellfishing areas are now open.  Clark Avenue Beach remains closed pending additional water quality tests. 

For updates on beach and shellfishing openings/closures please visit the East Shore Health Department website http://www.esdhd.org/

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August 6, 2020

Storm Isaias

Currently, there are approximately 50% of Branford customers without power.  Eversource crews are slowly responding to power outages.  Branford’s Public Works Department has been continually working on tree removal that does not involve wires.  Unfortunately, any trees involving wires require specialized power crews from Eversource.  We understand residents’ frustration with the continued delay in restoration, please be assured that we are continuing to put pressure on Eversource regarding restoration efforts.

PHARMACIES/PRESCRIPTIONS – CVS at Short Beach Road is currently closed due to loss of power.  If you normally receive your prescription at this location please try calling another branch for assistance.  The closest location is CVS, 369 Main Street, East Haven 203-469-6594.

TRAVEL – Please use extreme caution when traveling and DO NOT go around or through areas that are marked off by yellow tape or barriers.

COOLING CENTER – Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street will open as a cooling center for Branford Residents.  Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance.

The hours will be as following:

  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 7, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

All visitors must adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols.  Charging stations are also available.

CHARGING STATIONS – Outside outlets are available for charging electronics at Branford Fire Headquarters, Indian Neck Fire Station, Stony Creek Fire House and Town Hall. 

CURBSIDE COLLECTION – Curbside collection of trash and recycling will be delayed one day for the reminder of the week.  Collections normally scheduled for Wednesday will be picked up on Thursday and collections normally scheduled on Thursday will be picked up on Friday.

DEBRIS COLLECTION – Curbside Collection of tree debris will be begin tomorrow.  The Town will send crews to pick up and/or chip tree limbs that are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.  Smaller debris (branches must be less than 3 feet in length) can be placed in trash bags, brown bags or left loose in barrels.

TRANSFER STATION – The Transfer Station will remain open until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday to accept clean wood or green waste only.  Trash and other household items will not be accepted after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday or after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

BEACHES/SHELLFISHING – The town beaches, shellfishing areas will be remain closed until water quality testing results are within acceptable levels.  For updates on beach and shellfishing openings/closures please visit the East Shore Health Department website http://www.esdhd.org/

TELEPHONE OUTAGES – Due to loss of power at some town departments the phone lines are down.  Residents are able to leave voice mail messages that will be retrieved by staff and calls will be returned at quickly as possible

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August 5, 2020

Storm Isaias

Cooling center

Due to current power outages within the Town of Branford, the Joe Trapasso Community House located at 46 Church Street will open as a cooling center for Branford Residents.  Please ring the doorbell located at the rear entrance.

The hours will be as following:

  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 7, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

DO NOT VISIT THE FACILITY IF YOU ARE SICK OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE THAT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS, OR HAVE TRAVELED TO A STATE THAT IS ON THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT TRAVEL ADVISORY LIST.

All visitors must adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

  • Have your temperature checked upon arrival.
  • Sign in by providing your name and contact information.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • Wear a face covering at all times while inside the building (unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing one).
  • Practice social distancing at all times and maintain a 6 foot distance between you and others.

If you fail to comply with the above protocols you may be asked to leave the facility.

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August 5, 2020

Storm Isaias

High winds from Tropical Storm Isaias resulted in significant damage to trees and power lines resulting widespread power outages.  Currently, there are approximately 50% of Branford customers without power.  Eversource crews are responding to power outages.

  • Assume that all downed power lines are live.
  • If you see a downed wire, call Eversource at 800-286-2000 or 911 to report it. Stay as far away as possible until Eversource arrives to make the area safe.
  • Stay clear of all fallen tree limbs and electrical wires as well as anything they are touching—such as puddles and metal fences.
  • If you have to drive, watch out for trees and wires in the roadway. Do not drive across a downed power line. Treat all nonworking traffic lights as stop signs and proceed cautiously at intersections.
  • If you have lost power please report it directly to Eversource by calling 800-286-2000 or by using the following link:  https://www.eversource.com/customercare/ReportOutage
  • If all of your neighbors have their power back on, but yours is still out, report your outage again by calling 800-286-2000.
  • Customers are encouraged to sign up to receive storm outage updates on the channel of their choice (text, email, phone call) at www.eversource.com.

GENERATOR SAFETY – Before you use a generator, make sure it is connected by a qualified electrician. Always operate it outdoors and as far from the house as possible. Keep it away from doors, windows and air vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

TRAVEL – Please use extreme caution when traveling and DO NOT go around or through areas that are marked off by yellow tape or barriers.

RESTAURANTS – All Food Service establishments without power or a generator previously approved by the town pre-approved generator must remain closed at this time.

CURBSIDE COLLECTION – Curbside collection of trash and recycling will be delayed one day for the reminder of the week.  Collections normally scheduled for Wednesday will be picked up on Thursday and collections normally scheduled on Thursday will be picked up on Friday.

DEBRIS COLLECTION – Curbside Collection of tree debris will be begin tomorrow.  The Town will send crews to pick up and/or chip tree limbs that are less than 8 feet in length and up to 8” in diameter.  Bagged debris should be placed curbside with your weekly garbage.

BEACHES/SHELLFISHING – The town beaches and recreational shellfishing areas will be remain closed until water quality testing results are within acceptable levels.  For updates on beach and shellfishing openings/closures please visit the East Shore Health Department website http://www.esdhd.org/

CHARGING STATIONS – Charging stations are available at the following locations:  Branford Fire Headquarters, 45 North Main St.; Indian Neck Fire Station, 9 Linden Ave.; Stony Creek Fire House, 41 School St.; Town Hall, 1019 Main St.  There are outlets available outside in each of those locations.

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August 4, 2020

EVERBRIDGE MESSAGE NUMBER 1 STORM ISAIAS

Below please see the transcript of a recorded message from First Selectman Cosgrove:

Hello this is First Selectman James Cosgrove with an important message regarding Tropical Storm Isaias

Tropical Storm Force winds and associated bands of tropical thunderstorms are expected in our area between 3 and 9 p.m.

The primary threat to the Town of Branford is isolated tree damage with scattered power outages and possible flooding of poor drainage areas.

The Emergency Operations Center is open and monitoring the situation closely.

  • All curbside collection of trash and recycling will be delayed one day for the reminder of the week.
  •  Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins issued by the National Weather Service on local radio stations.
  • Bring inside any loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys.
  •  Prepare for possible power outages, make sure cell phone batteries are charged.

Additional Information may be found on the Town of Branford website and Facebook page.

Updates to this message will follow as necessary.

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August 4, 2020

Storm Isaias

Trash and Recycling curbside collection

Due to the heavy winds anticipated with Storm Isaias all curbside collection of trash and recycling will be delayed one day for the reminder of the week.  Collections normally scheduled for Wednesday will be picked up on Thursday and collections normally scheduled on Thursday will be picked up on Friday.

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August 4, 2020

Storm Isaias

Preparedness Update

Readiness Condition: Monitoring

TORNADO WATCH ISSUED FOR SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT…TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF CONNECTICUT AND MASSACHUSSETTS…STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING BETWEEN 2:00 – 7:00 PM… 

At 8:00 AM Tropical Storm Isaias was located near 37.7 N 76.8 W or approximately 15 miles south southeast of Tappahannack, Virginia.  Isaias has maximum sustained winds of 70 MPH and is moving to the north northeast at 33 MPH.  Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for all of Southern New England.   

The center of T.S. Isaias is forecast to make its closest approach (close to western CT) at approximately 4:00 PM this afternoon.  The latest runs of the NAM-HRES and HRRR models are indicating that the right eye wall will move thru Fairfield county and then western Connecticut between 2:00 – 6:00 PM.  The models are indicating that the tropical storm is going to still be packing gusts between 65 – 75 MPH in Western Connecticut and between 55 - 65 MPH in Eastern CT as it’s rain bands move thru the state.      

The most likely timing for the tropical storm force winds is now from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The primary threat from Isaias will be from strong winds.  Based on the current NHC forecast we can expect a high end moderate to borderline major impact to trees and powerlines.  As with all dying tropical systems there is also the risk for weak tornadoes to occur and a tornado watch has been issued for southern Connecticut.  There is a high risk for at least a few weak tornadoes according to the Storm Prediction Center.  The tropical storm will also be accompanied by some heavy rain of 1” – 3” especially in western CT and minor urban flooding is possible.  The earlier arrival timing continues to bring the strongest winds into the coast at low tide.  Therefore, only minor coastal flooding is expected which may inundate a few low lying coastal roads with wave splash over but no structures. 

ACTIONS

Please be prepared and take the following precautions:

  • Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins issued by the National Weather Service on local radio stations.
  • To prepare for a possible power outage, make sure cell phone batteries are charged, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting.
  • If you are a property owner, builder, contractor, and/or crane operator, secure your construction site(s), building(s), and equipment.
  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.
  • Close up and secure patio umbrellas.
  • Prepare your home and family, review your emergency plans, test your generator and other similar activities. You can find additional information here:

 

  • Sign up to receive Community Messages by email, Click the black “create account” button
  • Sign up to receive Emergency Messages or update your contact information from CT Alert
  • Predetermine where you would evacuate if it should become necessary. Due to COVID-19 it is best to shelter with family or in a hotel, congregate sheltering should be your last resort.
  • Check on elderly neighbors or other vulnerable community members who may need assistance.

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August 3, 2020

Storm Isaias

Preparedness Update

Readiness Condition: Monitoring

OVERVIEW

TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS FORECAST TO BECOME A HURRICANE BEFORE MAKING LANDFALL IN THE CAROLINA’S TONIGHT…TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS ISSUED FOR COASTAL CONNECTICUT…  

After landfall Isaias is forecast to weaken back down to a tropical storm and move quickly up the U.S. east coast during the day on Tuesday.  The center of T.S. Isaias is now forecast to reach southwestern Connecticut at approximately 6:00 PM Tuesday evening.  Tropical storm force winds are expected to arrive a few hours sooner at approximately 3:00 PM Tuesday afternoon.     

On the official forecast track our state can expect tropical storm conditions with sustained winds of 45 – 55 MPH and gusts in the 55 - 65 MPH range Tuesday afternoon and evening.  The most likely timing for the tropical storm force winds is now from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tuesday. This timing may continue to change by a few hours as we get closer to the time of impact. The primary threat from Isaias still appears to be from strong winds.  Based on the current NHC forecast we can expect a high end moderate impact to trees and powerlines. The storm will also likely be accompanied by some heavy rain of 2” – 4” especially in western CT.  Minor to moderate coastal flooding is also possible around midnight which may inundate some low lying coastal roads and a few structures.  Minor to moderate urban flooding is expected.  

ACTIONS

Please be prepared and take the following precautions:

  • Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins issued by the National Weather Service on local radio stations.
  • To prepare for a possible power outage, make sure cell phone batteries are charged, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting.
  • If you are a property owner, builder, contractor, and/or crane operator, secure your construction site(s), building(s), and equipment.
  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.
  • Close up and secure patio umbrellas.
  • Prepare your home and family, review your emergency plans, test your generator and other similar activities. You can find additional information here:

 

  • Sign up to receive Community Messages by email. 
  • Sign up to receive Emergency Messages or update your contact information from CT Alert
  • Predetermine where you would evacuate if it should become necessary. Due to COVID-19 it is best to shelter with family or in a hotel, congregate sheltering should be your last resort.
  • Check on elderly neighbors or other vulnerable community members who may need assistance.

 

Last Updated: Fri, 01/28/2022 - 4:33pm