Monday, August 29, 2011

Emergency Shelter Closed And Mayor Warns of Flood Dangers

From the Health Department
Mayor Sebastian Giuliano has just announced that the city has closed its emergency shelter. As of 3 P.M. on Monday, the shelter was empty. If people still find themselves in need of a shelter, they are encouraged to contact the regional American Red Cross at 860-347-2577 or INFOLINE at 211.

Additionally, the Mayor would like to inform everyone that due to the exceptional amount of rain that has occurred over the past few days, the Connecticut River is in danger of flooding to levels that have not been realized in a few years. Flood stage for the Connecticut River in Middletown is usually 8 feet. It is estimated that the River will crest to approximately 16 feet by Tuesday afternoon. This will affect not only the Connecticut River, but its tributaries as well.

Extreme caution should be used when approaching any standing water on a roadway. What may appear to be docile standing water may actually have a strong current below. The best policy is not to drive though any standing water.

Anyone with questions should call (860) 883-7564.

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