Some areas of CT hit harder by flooding Thursday

January 25, 2019 GMT

Heavy rain and winds swept across Connecticut on Thursday, leaving thousands without power and forcing road closures.

The rain started to fall early in the morning and lasted well into the afternoon, leaving some parts of Connecticut severely flooded. The storm also brought wind, taking down trees, branches and wires, leaving — at its worst — about 12,000 United Illuminating and Eversource customers without power.

Floodwaters came up drastically and quickly Thursday afternoon at Kent School, a private college preparatory school, according to 17-year-old Ally Thanassi, a junior from California living in one of the dorm buildings on campus.

“At around 3:30 the water was insignificant on the field, only a few puddles,” said she in a text message.

She said by 4:45 p.m., the field was covered in water that she estimated to be three feet deep and about 45 feet from the rink’s entrance — and still rising.

“Several faculty members have already moved ... their cars because the flood last year ruined the cars closer to the road,” Thanassi said.

Last January, ice jams from the Housatonic River caused extensive flooding around the school and forced it to be closed for more than a week.

Despite the dorms being nearby, Thanassi said she was safe because the dorm buildings are elevated enough that the water wasn’t a threat.

“The only buildings in danger are the science and the English buildings at the front of campus, which are right along the river,” she said around 5 p.m. “The basement floors are at river-level, and would be the first to flood if the water continues rising.”

Some of the worst flooding also hit Middlesex and Canaan, forcing local law enforcement to close down roads. Various towns and cities across the state shut down roadways because of wires or trees across roadways.

New Haven County had the most recorded rainfall Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. By 12:30 p.m., the weather service said Oxford had seen 2.56 inches of rain. By 1 p.m., Monroe had seen 1.42 inches. Around 8 a.m., Seymour had already seen 1.04 inches of rain.

In Middlesex County, Middletown saw 1.72 inches of rain by noon Thursday, the NWS said.

In Fairfield County, numbers were lower — 0.76 inches in Bridgeport, just under an inch in Westport and just over an inch in Norwalk and Danbury by 1 p.m. Monroe reported 1.20 inches of rain by 10:20 a.m.

At the peak time for power outages, early Thursday afternoon, United Illuminating reported 3,959 customers in New Haven without power, followed by 2,913 in Bridgeport in the dark. West Haven and North Haven had hundreds of outages, 454 and 418 respectively.

By 6:30 p.m., those outage totals had dropped significantly, with just over 3,000 UI and Eversource customers without power.

Thursday’s rain came just days after a weekend storm that brought snow, sleet and ice to most of the state. The ice was met with frigid temperatures and wind, knocking out power to some areas for days as restoration efforts were marred by continued winds.