Brookhaven Town officials announced a mandatory evacuation effective 8 a.m. Saturday for those who reside in the town's South Shore flood zones as approaches.
Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko announced the evacuations at the county's emergency management building in Yaphank Friday afternoon.
Residents living in storm surge zones will face evacuation. Officials urge anyone who lives less than half a mile from the water to leave their homes by Saturday at 8 a.m.
The Town of Brookhaven has ordered mandatory evacuation in the following areas:
- Blue Point, South of Montauk Highway
- Patchogue, South of Main Street
- East Patchogue, South of Main Street east to the intersection
- Bellport, South of South Country Road
- Brookhaven hamlet, South of South Country Road
- Shirley, South of Golden Gate/ Neighborhood Road
- Mastic Beach Village
- Moriches, South of Main Street
- Center Moriches, South of Main Street
- Cedar Beach Peninsula, Mt. Sinai
- East Moriches, South of East Moriches Blvd, Newport Beach Community
Suffolk County has opened emergency shelter Longwood Senior High School, located in Middle Island at 100 Longwood Road. , 177 Granny Rd. in Farmingville, will also be housing Brookhaven Town evacuees. If you have a question regarding shelters please call the Suffolk County Department of Emergency Management at 631-852-4900.
Officials will notify residents in the affected areas through radio and television alerts. Additionally, residents who have signed up for the CodeRED service will receive a phone call. Residents can sign up for the service here.
A mandatory evacuation for Fire Island is already in effect, though there are no plans to close the bridges at this time.
“The Town of Brookhaven is taking the threat of Hurricane Irene extremely seriously," Lesko said, "and I made the decision to declare a state of emergency so we can adequately prepare for this potential Category 2 hurricane."