A number of area towns saw serious flooding overnight Wednesday and into Thursday as the remnants of Hurricane Ida moved through a little over a week after Henri dumped rain in the state for two straight days.
WFSB-TV Meteorologist Mark Dixon said the state saw record rainfall totals, which included 7 to 8 inches in the southern part of the state and, in the central part of Connecticut, 6 to 7 inches.
“The rain that came down certainly met expectations,” Dixon said Thursday morning. “It is over, it has exited.”
According to WFSB meteorologists, the state is coming off the fourth wettest August on record and the third “wettest meteorological summer.”
Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday morning signed a declaration of civil preparedness emergency “in response to the widespread flood damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which passed through Connecticut last night and early this morning,” the governor’s office said in a statement issued in the afternoon hours.
“The filing of this declaration will help provide state and local emergency management officials with the necessary tools to aid the impacted areas in safely recovering from this record-breaking rainfall that we received overnight,” Lamont said.
In Bristol, Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said in the early morning hours, the Pequabuck River overflowed in spots. Additionally, she added, Coppermine Brook flooded and spilled out onto Mix Street.
The Bristol mayor shared a video over Facebook Thursday morning that showed the area of Route 6, near Mix and Brook streets, under water.
Lt. Eric Peterson of the Plainville Police Department said in the early afternoon that Route 10 at the Plainville-Southington line was closed because of flooding. Townline Road near Route 10 was also closed, along with Robert Street Extension and Forestville Avenue at the Bristol line.
“There are a couple of other streets that have water but the road is still passable,” Peterson said. “Throughout the night there were numerous calls for services. I would estimate approximately 20 calls. The calls stemmed from vehicles stranded on Forestville Ave. Plainville/East Main Street, Bristol. There was a vehicle stranded with an occupant on Townline Road. We were able to get the operator to safety and remove/tow her vehicle. We evacuated a few residents on Forestville Avenue and Robert Street Extension.”
Berlin Firefighters Thursday morning said Farmington Avenue in their town was flooded and impassable in three different locations. There was also flooding in Berlin on Meadow Lane, Middletown Road and Burnham Street.
Berlin Dep. Chief of Police Chris Ciuci said it was difficult to say precisely how many flood-related calls police responded to, adding that there were “numerous” calls for service.
Southington police early Thursday morning said several roads in their town experienced flooding issues, including South Main Street; West Center Street; multiple areas of Savage Street; North Main Street; Darling Street; Queen Street; multiple areas of Lazy Lane; and Woodruff Street.
Plymouth seemed to avoid major issues with road flooding, as the assistant to the chief of police there was not aware of any road closures Thursday morning. Plymouth police responded to eight storm-related calls for service throughout the night.
Though the area saw massive amounts of flooding, Ida did not seem to have major power outage implications in the New Britain-Bristol area. As of Thursday morning, Eversource reported just over 12,500 customers without power in the state.
According to Eversource, New Britain had 35 customers with no power; Bristol had “fewer than” four; Berlin had “fewer than” two; Plainville had 39 customers with no electricity; and Plymouth had seven with no power. Towns of Newington and Southington had no reported outages late Thursday morning.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.