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Rain causes flooding throughout the state

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Flooding reported near the New Haven Police Department. (WFSB Photo) Flooding reported near the New Haven Police Department. (WFSB Photo)
Flooding reported near the New Haven Police Department. (WFSB Photo) Flooding reported near the New Haven Police Department. (WFSB Photo)
I-95 in New Haven is closed near Exits 46 and 45 because of flooding, state police said. (WFSB Photo) I-95 in New Haven is closed near Exits 46 and 45 because of flooding, state police said. (WFSB Photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Showers and thunderstorms impacted parts of Connecticut on Friday afternoon and caused flooding in several municipalities including New Haven.

It was a soggy start to the weekend for residents of southern Connecticut. The torrential rains fell right after noon and lasted for a good 45 minutes.

One of the busiest streets in New Haven flooded out. Union Avenue that's home to the busiest Metro-North station in the state. The city's police department was underwater for nearly an hour.

"Half of the city was flooded," said taxi driver Patricio Calletano.

The water was knee-deep in some areas of New Haven including Union Avenue and wood chips were spotted flooding down the sidewalk.

Water gushed and overflowed manholes in downtown New Haven, which sent water flowing through the streets of the Elm City.

"Every time we have the rain for a few minutes, we see the flooding," Calletano said.

It was not an easy day for Calletano as his cab practically waded to pick up riders at Union Station. Calletano said the water got as high as the "middle of the car" and he saw two cars get stuck in the water. 

"This is a big car and the water went to the middle, too high," Calletano said.

The rain drenched Metro-North riders as they tried making it to their trains. 

"They had to take their shoes and socks off to walk. They were walking in the rain with no shoes or socks," said Doris Doward, of New Haven.

Tracks weren't affected, but cars were. Doward returned to her red Chevy Cavalier to find the interior soaked with water.

Doward said the sewers caused the water damage to the car to be so bad.

"They need to clean them out," Doward said. "I don't know what's causing it, but it's an ongoing problem."

The ramp for eastbound Route 34 off the northbound side of Interstate 95 in New Haven was closed for a brief period of time because of flooding, state police told Eyewitness News. I-95 in New Haven was also closed near exits 45 and 46 for a short time because of flooding, state police said.

The New Haven Fire Department tweeted that drivers needed to use caution in the area of the boulevard and I-95 overpass.

Drivers were advised to avoid driving in open water.

"A lot of rain, I couldn't see. I had to sit up front and really try to see the road," said driver Ronit Vyas.

A flood advisory was in place for Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford and Litchfield counties, but it expired earlier in the day.

The rains died down after an hour or so and the water levels quickly receded, so there were no problems as of Friday evening.

After all the water dried up, a nasty smell still lingered Friday evening.

"It smells sewer like dead meat, dead bodies," Doward said. "It's a terrible smell."

The full "Strawberry" moon will occur Friday night and that moon will still be pretty full over the weekend.

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