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Post-storm flooding expected in Connecticut’s coastal areas

November 16, 2018

Southwestern Connecticut’s first winter snow storm may be in the books, but residents could be dealing with its consequences well into Friday.

The National Weather Service is calling for “minor to locally moderate” coastal flooding in southern Fairfield and New Haven counties until 9 a.m. Friday morning as sustained rains and larger-than-normal tides sweep the region.

“Expect 2 to 3 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. This will result in numerous road closures and cause widespread flooding of low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront. Vehicles parked in vulnerable areas near the waterfront will likely become flooded. Flooding will also extend inland from the waterfront along tidal rivers and bays,” the NWS said.

There have already been multiple reports of street flooding in Stratford, as parts of Lordship Avenue and Birdseye Street are reportedly submerged.

The flooding comes on the heels of a Thursday storm that left towns buried inches of the season’s first snowfall. In Greenwich, spotters reported as much as 4 inches on Thursday night. Up north in New Haven, public reports measured about 4.6 inches of powder. Further inland, in Weston and Easton, spotters reported snowfall up to 7.1 and 6.5 inches respectively.

“There is an elevated threat of property damage,” said the NWS.

The region also has a wind advisory in effect until noon Friday. Southern Fairfield and New Haven counties could face northwest winds up to 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph, according to the NWS.

“Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected,” they said.

As of 7 a.m. Friday, Eversource is reporting only 72 power outages in its coverage area, including losses in Greenwich, New Canaan and Norwalk.

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