UPDATE on Evacuation from Rye City Police, 3:45 p.m.
The full effects of Hurricane Sandy are expected to strike this afternoon and evening. Record coastal flooding could be experienced with tonight’s high tide. Tidal surges of 6 to 11 feet and wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour are possible, as well as 1 to 3 inches of rain.
We recommend that residents of vulnerable areas relocate to safer areas during the storm. The City of Rye has opened an emergency shelter at Rye Country Day School in the Upper Gym, located off Grandview Avenue. Additional Red Cross shelters are available at Port Chester and Mamaroneck High Schools. This is expected to be a dangerous storm.
Please prepare to take appropriate action before you are isolated by flooding or other effects of the storm. When sustained winds exceed 39 miles per hour, rescue workers and utility workers will not be able to reach you. Please monitor weather forecasts and advisories closely.
Instructions:Take action before it becomes too late. avoid live wires and standing water. Follow instructions of public safety personnel.
2:45 p.m., Monday
From the Rye City Police: The City of Rye has declared a state of emergency and directed mandatory evacuation of the Category 1 Hurricane inundation zone by 4 p.m. today, Oct. 29, 2012.
Tidal surge is expected to cause unprecendented coastal flooding during high tide tonight. Please relocate to higher ground. During high winds and flooding rescue operations will be unsafe.
THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW.
View the PDF map attached to this article to see if you are in the Category 1 flood zone. You can also check by using this map from Westchester County.
Enter your address and click "Go." Select the "Show Additional Data on Map" tab at lower right, click the "plus" sign in front of “Environmental Features” and then check the check box in front of "Floodplains."
Click here for the details on the City of Rye evacuation route.
Information on shelters open in the area:
- Rye Emergency Shelter Open at Rye Country Day
- [UPDATED] Red Cross Opens Five Emergency Shelters in Westchester
- Rye Brook: Emergency Shelter Open
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