At 11 a.m. Monday, the City of New Rochelle declared a state of emergency.
With Hurricane Sandy predicted to hit with full force late Monday afternoon and evening—and while the the direct path and intensity yet to be determined—heavy rains and dangerously high tides are expected, according to a release from City Hall.
The city urges residents of the Sound Shore coast where floods are frequent are urged to evacuate rather than risk being cut off from first responders and emergency services.
The Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at Albert Leonard Middle School, 25 Gerada Ln., if it is not possible to stay with friends or family. The city advised residents to avoid travel for any reasons other than evacuation.
All non-emergency city operations are closed today—including garbage collection for Monday and Tuesday. The Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center and all waterfront parks are closed Monday.
Kathy Gilwit said declaring a state of emergency activates the city's Emergency Operations Center and consolidates all departments.
More information from the city can be found on the city's Web site, Cablevision Channel 75 and FIOS Channel 28.