Following Hurricane Ida, Plainville and Southington experienced flooded roads and basements and in some cases residents had to evacuate homes.
Plainville Town Manager Robert E. Lee said the storm caused a “major impact” locally.
“The Fire Department was out all night last night evacuating people from the Forestville Ave. area on the north side of Route 72,” Lee said. “We had to use boats to get to them. We evacuated 30 people, 18 of which were put up at the Fairfield Inn on a temporary basis. Our crews also evacuated some people in Bristol. Forestville was flooded and the water also made its way into Plainville as well.”
Lee said local roads flooded where Redstone Hill Road comes into Southington and also behind the Good Year tire building on East Street and on Johnson Ave. Water also came over the road on Shuttle Meadow Road.
“Robert Street Extension also got flooded,” he said. “We’re lucky we bought out most of those homes many years ago.”
Lee said while there were no downed trees or wires or substantial outages in Plainville, firefighters, town road crews and police officers were still busy all night clearing blocked roads and assisting with evacuations.
The town crews also had to utilize a right of way on Maiden Lane traveling through the woods to access the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
“Several pump stations were unable to keep up with the flooding coming through,” Lee said. “We had about seven or eight basements that had sewage in their basements because of the backup. These were homes located near pump stations.”
Southington Town Manager Mark Sciota said the town was not hit quite as hard.
“At the worst last night and this morning there were 10 road closures,” he said. “We had 35 phone calls from basements flooded and cars stuck in water. It was bad, but now that the sun is out the water is receding and it’s starting to get better. There are still a lot of flooded backyards and about 5 or 6 road closures.”
Sciota said water spilled over on “all major thoroughfares” including in downtown Plantsville, Curtiss Street, Lazy Lane and on S. Main Street by the bowling alley. Fire crews, road crews and police officers worked all night and public works crews remained on standby.
Sciota said that despite some backyards and basements flooding, there were luckily no physical injuries and no evacuations needed. There also was not substantial loss of power.
Sciota said the waste water treatment plant functioned throughout the storm.
Both Plainville and Southington sent firefighters to a plane crash in Farmington as well.
Mitch Gross, spokesman for Eversource, said 32,000 customers lost power Wednesday night and as of Thursday morning 12,000 people were still out of power. While he said that most will likely have their power restored by Thursday evening, the storm also caused “a great deal of tree damage and flooding.”
“There have been dozens of blocked roads and we’ve had to deal with broken utility poles and downed lines,” Gross said. “In the western part of the state, crews are dealing with washed out roads which is slowing restoration. There’s still a lot of work to do and we’re continuing to move additional resources into communities. Crews have been working since yesterday and continue to stay on the job.”
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