BRIDGEPORT, CT (August 27, 2011) – City Officials, including members of the Bridgeport Police and Fire Departments, reached thousands of residents with door-to-door canvassing efforts to inform all those living in low-lying areas that Mayor Bill Finch had ordered a mandatory evacuation for their area beginning at 4 p.m., Saturday. Door-to-door efforts began yesterday in the City’s housing authority properties, and at noon today (Saturday) in all other low-lying areas of the City.
The City has opened shelters at Bassick, Harding and Central High Schools. There is still plenty of room available in all three locations.
“I’m urging all residents living in low-lying areas who have not yet evacuated to higher ground, either with friends or family or in one of our three shelters, to please move before the storm makes its way into our region,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “Road conditions will become treacherous shortly. Please act now.”
Additionally, the City received a much needed assist in reaching residents of these at-risk neighborhoods from 20 firefighters representing fire departments from surrounding areas, including Monroe and Easton.
“Thank you to our regional fire ‘strike’ force for their assistance in helping our firefighters and police officers reach as many people as possible in our low-lying communities,” said Fire Chief Brian Rooney.
Canvassing and evacuation efforts will continue until 11 p.m. If you are in a low-lying area and in need of a ride, please call the Emergency Operations Center at (203) 579-3829. Bridgeport's low-lying areas are generally South of I-95 between Fairfield & Stratford borders.
Mayor Finch will be available to provide the media with an update tomorrow via phone from the Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.
Bassick, Harding and Central High Schools have been opened as shelters. Transportation to all shelters is being provided by the Greater Bridgeport Transportation Authority. Residents who are able to drive, are asked to not drive to Bassick and Harding. Parking for the shelters will be provided at the following locations:
- JFK Campus, 700 Palisade Avenue for those staying at the Bassick Shelter
- The parking lot of the former grocery store location at Park and North Avenues
- Parking is permitted at Central High School
Those who are planning on staying in the shelter should pack a blanket, pillow, medication, personal identification, and snacks. Pets are allowed at all shelters.