On Monday morning as Hurriane Sandy started to sweep across the town, Gerry and Michael Joyce said they had prayed for the well-being of their neighbors and those who could become homeless because of the storm.
The Glynn children played on the swings at the playground at East School.
Gary Miller, living across from Mill Pond, said he felt secure, having spent 50 years in Houston, Texas, a hurricane hotspot.
Jonathan Levine answered the door in pajama pants, and his kids running around and screaming in the house behind him. He too didn't seem too worried.
The morning seemingly was spent by nearly everyone in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, that behemoth force of weather whose eye is just off the coast of Delaware, but whose effects are being felt as far north as Toronto and as far west as Pittsburgh.
The New Canaan Office of Emergency Management has been set up in the police station on South Avenue. Officials set up two televisions tuned to the Weather Channel at the front of the room that is normally used for meetings and events.
Walter Stewart's grocery store was buzzing this morning after the town announced that roads would be closed at noon, which is also when the market would close. Carlos Betancourt, a butcher in the Meat Department, said the grocery store was even busier all day yesterday, particularly when it opened early at 8 a.m.
The Joyces, standing in the checkout line, only had a few items in their cart. Some water, the New York Post, and some Jewish rye bread. They had done their main shopping two days ago, on Saturday.
"We've got water coming out of our ears!" Gerry said.
"The most important thing we did today was that we went to church at St. Aloysius this morning and prayed for our friends and neighbors to be free from any kind of harm," he said. "Particularly we prayed for those who will become homeless from this storm."
Walter Stewart's was pretty well stocked with food and water, but the same could not be said for Food Emporium across the street, where there was no water left on any of the shelves.
East School was desolate in the morning, save for four kids and the dad over by the playground. The children, Nora, Phoebe, Liam, and Niall, happily played on the swings in the grey morning.
"We're just trying to get the jitters out before we're inside all day," Dad said.
Miller, who lives on Millport Avenue, across the street from Mill Pond, was not concerned.
"The only thing I'm worried about is these trees coming down."
He noted that there was a valve at the end of Mill Pond that could be opened to let water out.
Jonathan Levine, who lives on Silvermine Road also said he was not worried about flooding, though, he had winterized the house as he normally does.
"[The house] was built in 1888 ... that give us a lot of confidence that it can withstand flooding," he said, his children animated and running through the house behind him.
By the afternoon there were no reports of flooding in New Canaan, though there were significant power outages due to downed trees. The worst of the storm is expected overnight.