Coastal towns in New London County prepare for possible flooding
MYSTIC, CT (WFSB) - One of the big concerns in Mystic is the possible coastal flooding.
Strong wind gusts are pushing extra water into Long Island Sound.
Town officials are concerned about what could happen over the next few days.
There are parts of the town that usually flood so they will be keeping their eyes out.
The big flooding concern is Friday morning around 8 a.m.
The high tide plus the wind direction could be a bad combination for the shoreline.
“It used to come up on the street a little but last week, like I said, it was real bad. Practically had to swim to work. It was rough just walking through all that ankles deep in water just to get here so that’s pretty tricky sometimes,” said Gager Collier, Shift Leader Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream.
Gager is hoping the Mystic river behaves tomorrow morning as high tide comes around.
Crews are urging people to get ready.
“One thing is you want to make sure is your pumps are working. If you have a self pump in your basement make sure it’s working. Make sure it’s unclogged and has electrical to it,” said Anthony Manfredi Jr, Fire Chief Mystic Fire Department.
If you don’t have a pump and you get caught up in an emergency, call 911.
Wind is a concern, so you should tie down any holiday decorations or bring outdoor furniture inside.
Wind could also bring power outages, so make sure those electronics are charged this weekend and go get some extra batteries.
Prior storms have had a lot of flooding. We had to bring pumps out and pump out some basements and one thing you want to make sure if your pumps are working. If you have a self-pump make sure it’s working, make sure its unclogged,” said Anthony Manfredi Jr, Mystic Fire Chief.
On the other hand, the drop in temperature could bring icy conditions. Officials are hoping they can treat the roads before that happens.
“We actually have chains on the trucks if it gets real bad for snow and ice that we put on to respond,” said Chief Manfredi.
Some towns might have free sandbags, so check in with your town officials.
Schools have already announced some closings. New London, West Haven and Groton are just some of the districts that have announced cancellations.
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