8/21/2021 - Tropical Storm Henri EOC Message 8-21-21
Message from the Town of Darien EOC
6pm, August 21
With the arrival of Hurricane Henri and its high winds and damaging gusts expected to arrive around 8 am Sunday and continue throughout the afternoon. Saturated soil and high winds will result in downed trees and power lines creating life safety hazards. Please remember to not travel over or under downed power lines.
The Town of Darien is asking all residents especially flood vulnerable residents to be aware that Hurricane Henri, in addition to the full moon will bring heavy rains, high wind and storm surges which will lead to flooding. Flood prone areas should be prepared for rainfall and flood conditions similar to or greater than what we experienced on July 9th. Rising flood waters can inundate homes and businesses very quickly and those residents in flood prone areas should consider evacuating early as waiting too long can be life threatening and emergency responders may not be able to get to you.
Be proactive by moving your vehicles to higher ground as early as possible before the storm. Vehicles should be moved to Hindley or Tokeneke Schools and the south side of the Noroton Heights Trains Station. It is likely that areas of town will be rendered inaccessible by flooded roadways or downed trees and wires.
Flood waters are extremely dangerous, and you should never attempt to drive through them, as what lies below those murky waters can be devastating, may be much deeper than expected, or even open manholes and drain grates can have their tops displaced. Additionally, you should not enter flooded basements as there can be electrical hazards.
Eversource is preparing for prolonged widespread power outages possibly up to 10-days. Cellular service and internet service may be impacted when the power goes out.
Please utilize 911 for emergency communications only. For non-emergent calls like trees down or wires down utilize the routine line of the Darien Police Communications Division at (203)-662-5300. Report power outages directly to Eversource at (800)-286-2000.
The Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Service will make every attempt to reach you in an emergency, but non-life-threatening emergencies may not have personnel or equipment available to respond, all calls will be prioritized based on life safety. Emergency and utility responders may not be able to respond during periods of high winds.
Metro North is suspending service on the New Haven Line service for Sunday, August 21.
Thank you. Be safe.