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Flood watches, warnings issued as heavy rain advances

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Flood watches and warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service as a strong storm begins to push into Connecticut.

Flood warnings were issued for the Housatonic and Connecticut rivers, and flood watches were issued for the rest of the state until Saturday.

Parking lots along the Connecticut River are closed because water levels are too high, which will delay boating season.

However, minor flooding is expected and WFSB Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said he is expecting between 1 to 2 inches of rain instead of the 2 to 4 inches originally predicted.

"We can still expect periods of rain this evening and tonight with a few heavy showers from time to time," DePrest said.

There's a high probability of river and stream flooding in addition to poor drainage and basement flooding.

State officials say there have been no reports of serious flooding but are still watching.

"The current forecast is calling for heavy rain to continue through Friday morning, so I am asking residents in low-lying areas and those along Connecticut's rivers and streams to be aware of deteriorating weather conditions," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a statement.

The evening commute could be a mess and drivers are being urged to take it slow as the work day comes to an end.

The Connecticut River has risen which is common early in the spring, but not expected in middle June.

Richard Lupa, a ranger with Riverfront Recapture, said they are watching the water and for debris. Rangers have been cleaning the area since Memorial Day, getting it ready for boat season. The docks were open for two days and then the flooding on Wednesday. 

"Water is going to come up another 2 or 3 feet," Lupa said. "So this park will be completely under water."

In South Glastonbury, the Glastonbury-Rocky Hill Ferry is not running because water levels are too high and cars can't get on it.

The rain has been rough on business owners, who rely on good weather. Paul Roczynski of PSM Construction has had to cancel a few jobs.

"The rain puts a damper on business," Roczynski said. "When you have outdoor work you try to plan for nice weather and it never happens. You keeps your fingers crossed."

The ground is so saturated, there may be a risk of falling trees. 

Yary Rodriguez is blaming the rain after she found a huge tree uprooted in her Hartford backyard Thursday morning. 

Luckily, no one was outside and there were no cars for the tree to land on.

Delays at the Airport

Officials at Bradley International Airport said there have been seven cancellations. There's no coming or going from eastern seaboard cities such as Baltimore and Washington, DC. 

"I'm going to miss her nursing graduation," said traveler Tricia, who was headed to Chicago. "It's frustrating, I've been here for five hours."

There were about 20 delays pushing flights back about two or three hours.

As for Tricia, she will be taking a flight Friday morning.

Passengers are asked to check with their airline via social media, not the airport directly.

The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is monitoring the storm and assisting with response if necessary.

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