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Rye Declares State of Emergency, Orders Mandatory Evacuation

Mandatory Evacuation directed for Hurricane Coastal Flood Areas, prepare to evacuate by 4 p.m.

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.

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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."

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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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Laurie October 29, 2012 at 07:10 PM
What are the specifics of the evacuation, please?
Nate October 29, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Yes, please. I cannot find any information about what these areas include. We evacuated yesterday but I really want to know what we can expect back home.
Liz Giegerich October 29, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Thanks for commenting. I have added links to the evacuation route info from the police and information on shelters in the area. However, the evacuation route says to use Forest Ave., Rye City Fire Dept. reported Forest Ave is closed at Dearborn and Valleyview Ave. so take Stuyvesant if you are that far out on Forest. I will update as soon as I get more information from officials.
Karen October 29, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Does this mean all of Rye has to evacuate? Or just those who live right in the area of the beach?
Liz Giegerich October 29, 2012 at 07:50 PM
The city sent more info that I just added as an update. It does not mean all of Rye has to evacuate, it specifies "vulnerable areas" need to evacuate. I am waiting for more specific information on what exactly that means.
Karen October 29, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Thanks!
Liz Giegerich October 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM
To find out if you are in the flood zone that they are mandating be evacuated, click here: http://giswww.westchestergov.com/gismap/default.aspx? I will add list of roads soon. 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."
Liz Giegerich October 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM
To find out if you are in the flood zone that they are mandating be evacuated, click here: http://giswww.westchestergov.com/gismap/default.aspx? I will add list of roads soon. 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."
Liz Giegerich October 29, 2012 at 08:41 PM
The City of Rye just released a PDF that shows a map of the different flood zones. Please use it to check if you live in a Category 1 flood zone. If you are, you are in the mandatory evacuation zone. Please stay safe and use Patch to keep neighbors informed of how things are going on your street.
Franklin Halasz October 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Liz, Thank you and all the staff for the updates. I left Rye about 50 years ago, but still care! Franklin Halasz RHS Class of '54

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