Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst signed a Declaration of a State of Emergency for the town of Southampton this morning, Saturday, according to a press release issued by Southampton Town Emergency Preparedness official Lt. Robert P. Iberger. This will allow local officials to take necessary actions today, including spurring the evacuation of town residents in low-lying areas.
“If you reside in a coastal area, a low-lying area of a mobile home you need to evacuate,” Lt. Iberger stated in the press release. A map of those prone living in areas to flooding can be viewed above.
According to Iberger, town fire districts will begin evacuating these neighborhoods according to a timetable beginning with Bridgehampton, Quogue and Westhampton at 10 a.m. this morning, August 27. North Sea is expected to begin evacuations at 1 p.m.
Emergency responders (Fire, EMS or PD) will be issuing the evacuations, which will continue throughout the day. However, Lt. Iberger recommends residents to assist Emergency Responders by voluntarily evacuating today as early as possible so as to avoid clogging roads. ”If you think you may be in an at-risk location, err on the side of caution and evacuate,” he urges. ”Residents who experienced ground water flooding back in March 2010 should evacuate until the storm passes.”
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