Water receded; flooding possible again Friday - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Water receded; flooding possible again Friday

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Drivers are being advised to avoid flooded roads in Eastern Connecticut and not to drive through them. Drivers are being advised to avoid flooded roads in Eastern Connecticut and not to drive through them.
Emergency crews assisting residents in Norwich. Emergency crews assisting residents in Norwich.
Cars submerged on Huntington Avenue in Norwich. Cars submerged on Huntington Avenue in Norwich.
Flooding reported near Interstate 84 exit 82 in Norwich. Flooding reported near Interstate 84 exit 82 in Norwich.
NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

Residents in parts of the state are experiencing severe flooding after flash flood warnings were issued for portions of Connecticut on Thursday afternoon.

More than 4 inches of rain has fallen in some spots, leading to flooding, according to Channel 3 Early Warning Weather Meteorologist Mark Dixon. More rain will fall in the next couple of hours and could lead to more poor drainage flooding, Dixon added.

Norwich Public Utilities will be shutting power down in the immediate area until the flooding subsides.

The Yantic River has exceeded its banks and created flooding near the intersection of Sturtevant and Pleasant streets in Norwich.

Eyewitness News has spotted flooding throughout Norwich, including Huntington Avenue and West Town Street.

All ramps in and around exit 82 on the southbound side of Interstate 395 was closed because of flooding for more than 2 1/2 hours. Golden Road near Route 32 in Montville remains shut down due to flooding.

Several cars were having trouble maneuvering on the water-covered roads, and some motorists were stranded. Drivers are being advised to avoid flooded roads and not to drive through standing water.

East Great Plain volunteer firefighter Stacy Gould helps coordinate traffic in emergencies. When she and her husband got to West Town Street near Exit 82, they said it was chaos with drivers abandoning their cars in the high waters. 

"Unfortunately, some people get tunnel vision and only make a right-hand turn," Gould said. "And they get upset when asked to go to a different direction."

Eyewitness News handed Gould a jacket as she continued to coordinate traffic.

"The rain was coming down pretty heavily," Gould said. "My mind was focused on 'I can't let anybody else drive through the flood waters.'"

As the waters from a nearby stream rose quickly over its banks, employees at Norwich Tire got flooded out.

"It came in flowing over the road and was already a foot high before we had one machine off the grounds," said Dan St. Germain.

The business lost tires because they floated downstream.

Officials in Norwich said the water has receded on all city streets as of Friday morning, but the clean-up is expected to continue.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released a statement on the flooding in Eastern Connecticut and advised people to be aware of the high waters.

Malloy said in a statement Thursday, "Please remember to not drive through standing water."

Malloy also warned that with the forecast for heavy rains again on Friday residents of Eastern Connecticut should be on alert for possible flooding conditions.

Officials at the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security are watching the forecast and will determine if they need to respond. 

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