A car is towed from flooding in Westport on Myrtle Avenue.
Sign warns of high water along Route 10 in New Haven.
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
Monday's heavy rainfall has forced officials to close a portion of Route 10 in New Haven, also known as Ella Grasso Boulevard, because of high water.
Route 10 will remain closed at the Interstate 95 overpass until the water recedes, and officials are urging commuters to not drive through flooded roads.
Cars were left stranded in the middle of the road on Monday night after severe weather pounded parts of Connecticut with heavy rain and caused flooding.
Flash flood warnings were also issued for Middlesex and New Haven counties until 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Widespread flooding was reported in Westport with authorities saying that several streets had limited access or were impassable. The following streets were affected:
Main Street at Canal
169 Imperial Avenue
Route 1 and Myrtle Avenue
Railroad underpass at Greens Farms Road and Compo Road South.
"This is a disaster out here. Everywhere is flooded. I don't understand," Jason Smith, of Westport, said.
Some drivers were forced to abandon their vehicles to stay safe from the heavy flooding.
"I'm certainly happy it's not me, but sometimes people do stupid things and drive through water where they shouldn't," Jean Schoenleber, of Westport, said.
Because of the dangerous and destructive thunderstorms that hit the state, Eyewitness News declared Monday an Early Warning Weather Day, a way of letting you know about potentially severe weather and flash floods on Monday.
A flash flood watch for the entire state will remain in effect until late Tuesday night.
"This humid, tropical air is not going to go away anytime soon. As a result, the risk of heavy downpours and flash flooding will continue into midweek," Chief Meteorologist Bruce Deprest said.
There is also a risk for severe weather on Tuesday during the afternoon and evening hours.
"At least abundant cloud cover is keeping temperatures from getting out of hand. Highs today were in the upper 70s and lower 80s, and we can expect similar temperatures tomorrow," Deprest added.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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