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Flooding washes away roads, forces rescues, school closures

September 26, 2018
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Cars slowly move through the flooded intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Harborview Ave. in south Stamford, Conn. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (Michael Cummo/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Rescue workers were using a drone to help search for a person missing in Connecticut after heavy rains sparked widespread flooding.

More than eight inches of rain fell between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning in parts of the state, washing away roads and bridges and trapping people in their vehicles.

Schools in East Haddam and Lebanon were closed Wednesday because of severe road damage.

Authorities in North Haven were using the drone to look for a homeless person reported missing after flooding along the Quinnipiac River near his campsite.

In Norwich, two people were rescued Wednesday from a recreational vehicle surrounded by three feet of water in a parking lot.

Dive teams were searching Wednesday for a Massachusetts driver reported missing Tuesday night. Police said they found guardrail damage and tracks to indicate a car might be submerged in a river in North Canaan.

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