Residents of Fairfield Beach Road have been given access to their homes today for the first time since they had to leave the shoreline neighborhood Sunday under a mandatory evacuation order issued in the face of Hurricane Sandy.

Town officials, acknowledging that hazards still exist in the area, said at midday Saturday that residents and their licensed contractors will be allowed to return to their properties.

However, verification is required to access the area officials said, noting that parking also is very limited.

Residents' vehicles will not be allowed to park in a way that could hinder emergency vehicles' access to the area.