Update, 8:49 a.m.:
According to Connecticut Light & Power, 92 percent of Darien is without power — that's 7,224 homes.
Update, Tuesday, Oct. 30 5:18 a.m.:
According to Connecticut Light & Power, 91 percent of Darien is without power — that's 7,143 homes. The utility says anyone experiencing an outage should report it at 1-800-286-2000.
Original Story, Monday Oct. 29:
First Selectman Jayme Stevenson issued this "urgent update" in a Code Red automated telephone call to town residents:
Governor Malloy has just announced that the tidal impact during the midnight high tide will be significantly worse than predicted. Flood waters may reach areas as far north on Nearwater Lane as Nickerson Lane and on Rings End Road to the northern entrance of Harbor Road.
Areas originally predicted to be safe from flood waters are now extremely vulnerable. Residents who have not evacuated must be prepared to move to higher elevations within their own homes. Stay safely away from rising flood waters.
The Town of Darien is coordinating further evacuations with the State and Federal government. National Guard and the Manchester Dive Rescue Team units are here in Darien and ready to respond.
Sewage pump stations are now at risk. Please limit use of sanitary systems when possible.
This storm system is causing unprecedented damage to our town and recovery, when it can begin, will take time. I ask you to please stay calm and patient as we work through this disaster together.
Town of Darien, First Selectman
Editor's note: Here is Stamford's response in reaction to Gov. Dannel Malloy's call for emergency evacuations: They're ordering residents to leave certain areas.