Portion of road in Manchester cracked in half from excessive water damage during Henri

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MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s senators headed to Manchester on Monday to tour storm damage after a part of a road washed away during Tropical Storm Henri.

The roadway on Ambassador Drive in Manchester cracked in half. It was only part of the storm damage the town saw after Henri moved across the state Sunday into Monday.

Neighbors say people were driving through Ambassador Drive half an hour before the road collapsed.

U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) toured the damage Monday. Heavy sustained rain from Henri caused ponds and streams to breach their banks and flood low-lying areas, undermining roads, prompting some evacuations, and washing away ball fields.

Lydall Brook flooded over during the storm, one neighbor said. Water could be seen flowing through the concrete.

Town officials said the cleanup could take weeks if not months.

Shauna Brown’s basement flooded for the second time this summer. She says insurance should cover much of the damage, but not her personal belongings that were stored there.

“We get minor flash flooding, but nothing of this magnitude,” Brown said. “This whole road was a river…The fact that we have a Declaration of Emergency that the president approved will help us in getting federal reimbursement to deal with this.”

Public works crews told News 8 when they get this much water damage, it takes time for sinkhole washouts to happen. In fact, it could happen days after the rainfall.

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