Middletown, Conn. (WTNH) - Dry pavement, sun in the sky, 60 degrees on the thermometer --things Connecticut residents haven't seen much of lately should bein abundance today.
After days of soaking rain and flooding, most rivers in thestate are receding, with the exception of the Connecticut River,which is already overflowing its banks at the usual spots such asHarbor Park in Middletown.
Police are patrolling the area trying to keep people out of thewater. People have stopped to look at see the power of the riverfor themeselves.
"I live right next to the river in Rocky Hill, so I was on myway home and I though I'd stop here and take a few pictures ofHarbor Park which I never have, to see what's coming our way andwhat we're in for," Paul Neuman said.
The water is nearly surrounding the restaurant at Harbor Park,and owners aren't sure if they'll be open on Easter Sunday. There'salso a carnival in town near the Coginchaug River. They're movingtheir rides back because of the rising waters.
"We expect it to crest overnight tonight and into the morning"at Middletown, Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Gil Simmons said.
Amtrak service remained unavailable Thursday because of floodingin Rhode Island.
"Amtrak Acela Express service between New Haven and Boston, andNortheast Regional service between New York and Boston, will remainsuspended through Thursday, April 1, due to ongoing flooding on thetracks near Kingston, Rhode Island. No alternate transportation isavailable.," Amtrak said on its Web site. No alternatetransportation is available, they said.
There is plenty of cleanup work to do in many cities and towns.In North Stonington, the historic Watermark Café, a buildingthat has endured storms since the mid 1800's finally surrendered toa massive amount of rushing water.
In Stonington, the Pawcatuck River was moving so fast yesterdayengineers couldn't determine whether the Pawcatuck Bridge and somebuildings were safe. First Selectman Edward Haberek Jr., hasinitiated a waiver for all Stonington residents who need to disposeof debris from the storm. Haberek says if residents show properidentification, they can bring their debris to the Transfer Stationduring special hours.
Those hours are:
- April 1st -11th, including Good Friday and Easter.
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Regular hours will return on April 12th
The First Selectman also reminds residents that have PersonalProperty Damage to contact the First Selectman's Office at860-535-5050 regarding FEMA assistance and SBA information.
Many roads remained closed in the Southeastern Connecticutbecause of flood damage, including Route 184. Gov. Jodi Rell touredparts of Southeastern Connecticut to see the damage first hand.
Some residents of a Middletown building that was affected by amudslide were allowed back into their homes Wednesday. The slideexposed part of the foundation of the Charton Terrace apartments.Everyone could be back home by the end of the day when electricityis restored.
Some schools remained cancelled for yet another day.
The weather will cooperate for the clean-up effort. Temperaturesfor most of the state, except along the shoreline, are expected tobe in the 60's Thursday. "A dry forecast for the next three days atleast," Simmons said.
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