Flooding, trees and wires down across CT cause road closures
Heavy rain fell across Connecticut on Thursday, leaving thousands without power at the peak of the storm, flooding roadways and knocking down trees and branches.
There were about 12,000 outages reported statewide Thursday morning. By afternoon, those outage numbers had dropped to less than 10,000 as crews worked to get power restored quickly and safely.
At 1 p.m., the Office of Emergency Management said the town had seen 1.42 inches of rain since 7 a.m.
Route 25 near the intersection of Mill Street — in front of the Stepney Volunteer Fire Department — was severely flooded around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
The area typically sees flooding when rain falls, but Thursday’s flooding was worse than usual, forcing officials to shut down the southbound lane of traffic. Traffic in both directions took turns using the northbound lane to pass through the flooded roadway.
The National Weather Service issued a small stream flood advisory for central Fairfield County, central New Haven County and northern Middlesex County until 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
Shortly after 2 p.m., Doppler radar picked up heavy rain that could cause small stream flooding in the advisory area. Up to two inches of rain has already fallen.
New Haven, Waterbury, Meriden, Middletown, Wallingford, Shelton, Naugatuck, Guilford, Southbury, Wolcott, Durham, Newtown, Hamden, Cheshire and North Haven are expected to see flooding.
“Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads,” the weather service said. “Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.”
ROAD CLOSURES PROVIDED BY DOT
Route 142 (Short Beach Road) is closed in both directions between Midwood Road and Grove Street due to flooding. Reported at 2:35 p.m.
Route 146 is closed in both directions between Hotchkiss Road and Linden Avenue because of flooding. Reported at 2:19 p.m.
Route 148 (Pea Hill Road) between Emmanuel Church Road and Beckwith Road. Reported at 2:11 p.m.
Route 79 is closed in both directions at Route 80 because of flooding. Reported at 2:14 p.m.
Route 79 is closed in both directions at Cross Road because of wires down on the roadway. Reported at 1:43 p.m.
Route 12 is closed between Terrace Drive and Judy Drive because of downed wires. Reported at 2:05 p.m.
Route 21 is closed near Route 44 for a tree down with wires. Reported at 1:37 p.m.
Route 77 is closed between Alexander Drive and Greenbrier Drive because of a tree down with wires. Reported at 1:21 p.m.
Route 16 is closed between Miles Standish Road and Skinner Road because of two trees down on the roadway. Reported at 1:04 p.m.
Route 7 is closed at Route 63 for poles and wires down. Reported at 10:31 a.m.