A dangerous winter storm will impact our area Tuesday with blizzard warnings, potential power outages and minor to moderate coastal flooding expected.
Confidence is increasing for severe weather starting in the early morning hours and blizzard conditions are expected after 9:00 a.m. Conditions should improve later in the day with the storm moving out in the evening.
The City has declared a snow emergency starting at 4:00 p.m. Monday. Residents can park in either the Maritime or Yankee Doodle garage at no charge. Residents and businesses are reminded to shovel sidewalks as required by City code. Garbage and recycling pick up will be pushed back a day. Norwalk Public Schools will be closed and City buildings are also expected to be closed tomorrow. Information and updates will be posted on the City’s website at www.norwalkct.org.
The City’s Emergency Management team met this morning to discuss the potential impact in Norwalk and the preparations being made by Departments and partners. In the event of a significant outage, Brien McMahon HS will be used an emergency shelter or drop in center. In addition to the City’s website and social media sites, the Code Red system may be used to update residents.
· Stay informed! Listen to a NOAA weather radio or check local forecasts and news reports regularly.
· If you experience a power outage, report it to your electric provider. Don’t assume they know about your outage or that someone else has called.
- Keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged. Remember, text messages can often go even if cell phone calls can’t.
- Keep your emergency supplies kit, including water, and copies of important documents, in a waterproof, portable container, in an easily accessible location.
- If your basement may flood, move items off the floor and check sump pumps to ensure they’re functioning properly.
- Be a good neighbor. Check on friends or family who may need help with shoveling. If you’re able, ‘Adopt a Hydrant’- clear a 3 foot area all around the fire hydrant and a path to the street to help Norwalk firefighters.
- Use common sense! Please don’t risk your life chasing a thrill. Extreme activities (kayaking, etc) not only risk your life, but the lives of the first responders who are called to assist.
- For additional safety tips, visit www.ready.gov
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