GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The whole state was under flash flood warnings, with coastal flooding along Connecticut’s shoreline towns.
The southeastern part of the state is being hit the hardest by Tropical Storm Elsa’s rain and gusty winds, hitting Connecticut early Friday morning.
Rain was hitting hard during the morning commute. In Groton, there is significant flooding along South Road.
South Road in Groton may have been closed and for good reason but some ignored the warning.
“I described this as Groton’s Olympic size pool,” said Groton resident Pam Tankard. She says a friend took her car through this water once and got stuck.
“And that was the end of one of my favorite cars,” said Tankard. It was also the end of their friendship. “Oh yes,” she answered with a laugh. “Oh yes.”
“Well it’s tempting but I think we’re going to turn around,” said Donna Michelet. She and her friend Darlene Aguiliard are visiting from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“At home, we’d have to look for alligators,” said Michelet.
As the ladies from Baton Rouge said ‘turn around don’t drown.’ The double yellow line in the middle of the flooded road disappears as it goes into the water so drivers may not be able to accurately tell how deep it is.
While some took their chances, most did not.
In fact, many along the shoreline like the new City Dock restaurant on Custom House Pier in New London prepared for the high winds and heavy rains which blew in with Tropical Storm Elsa.
Picnic tables were turned over so they didn’t blow away and straps were added to secure the tent.
“Fortunately it…spared us significant damage,” said Joe Nolan, President & CEO of Eversource.
Eversource officials were glad to see a fraction of the outages compared to the last Tropical Storm. They were prepared for worse.
“We’ve got folks from as far away as Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio, Alabama,” said Nolan.
A branch that fell on wires along the Gold Star Highway turned out to be a quick fix and Eversource says power throughout the state will be restored by tonight.