Darien Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30 during Hurricane Sandy according to First Selectman Jayme Stevenson. The storm is expected to last 36-hours and officials are still considering whether to open Wednesday.
Town Hall will also be closed Monday, and the Board of Selectmen meeting Monday night has been postponed.
Stevenson said the town is opening an emergency shelter at Darien High School at 7 p.m. She said there will also be regional shelters open at Stamford High School and Brien McMahon High School.
“People on coastal areas of Darien are strongly urged to evacuate and relocate,” Stevenson said. She said those evacuating are encouraged to head to friends and relatives first as the high school shelter has limited capacity.
Anyone going to shelters should bring whatever they need to be comfortable and self-sufficient, including items like snacks and medications, and be expected to be relocated for 36 hours.
Stevenson said the weather has been updated to include a storm surge value increase.
“Tides are now expected to be 6 to 11 feet above astronomical high tide. We expect coastal flooding to exceed what happened in the 1938 hurricane. We need to be prepared for major to catastrophic flooding,” she said.