Rain caused flooded roadways across Connecticut
As several inches of rain fell across the state Friday, various first responders in towns and cities begged residents not to drive through flooded roadways and to avoid water-covered roads that had to be closed.
Rainfall estimates by the National Weater Service has Danbury getting 2.04 inches, Bridgeport getting 1.86 inches, New Haven getting 1.8 inches, Waterbury getting 2.22 inches, Hartford getting 1.75 inches, New London getting 1.74 inches and Willimantic getting 1.85 inches.
Nearby in Massachusetts, less than two inches were predicted statewide. And in Rhode Island, Providence is expected to get about 1.51 inches and Coventry will see around 1.78 inches.
Rain is expected to keep falling for most of Friday, including during the evening commute. With rain comes slick roads, which are bound to lead to traffic delays and possible crashes as commuters rush to get home for the holiday weekend.
A flood warning is in effect for southern Fairfield County until 4 p.m.
Seaside Park and Beardsley Park are closed Friday because of flooded roadways in the city.
“Please do not venture down any flooded streets or underpasses due to the uncertainty of water heights,” officials advised.
In the morning, officials warned residents to move to higher ground if they were in the areas expected to be impacted by flash floods.
Residents living along creeks and streams were warned to take precaution as needed.
A tree that came down on wires left Brenner Road closed to all traffic as repairs were underway. The incident was reported around 11 a.m.
Around 10 a.m., Water Street was closed because of flooding.
Though it wasn’t related to weather, wires and poles were down across Washington Boulevard between Broad and North streets. Police shut down both directions of traffic to vehicles. This was reported around 9 a.m.
Officials warned that heavy rainfalls and tidal activity forced closures of several areas in town as water crept over the roadways.
Areas that were impacted included Surf Avenue, the seawall, Birdseye Dock, Main Street by Sikorsky Airport and Short Beach.
“Motorists should avoid these areas, and those with travel plans should take note,” officials said.
Route 15 north at Exit 68W is closed because of flooding, according to Connecticut State Police.
“Use alternate routes,” the agency said.