Preparing for heavy rains and wind along the shoreline

New London

Paul Sankow has been busy clearing leaves from gutters over the past few weeks.

“We’re busy and it’s cold,” said Sankow who owns Affordable Roof Cleaning out of Montville.

He was working on a New London home just in time for Friday’s heavy rains. 

“There’s big big chunks of ice in these… in the gutters and what happens it that gets covered up with water and then the heavy gutters sometimes fall off the house,” explained Sankow.

Cities and towns are clearing storm drains and catch basins so any extra water will have somewhere safe to go.

“The most vulnerability we have to flooding here specifically in New London is when we get a super intense downpour that’s in a very short period of time,” said New London Director of Public Works, Brian Sear. “They have a name for them now they’re called  micro bursts.”

And that has led to flash flooding at Green Harbor Beach where the city is now installing new underground piping to help reduce future flash floods.

The city isn’t as concerned about long sustained rains but with high tide coming ashore Friday morning there could be some coastal flooding.

New London’s pump station has 3 diesel pumps to fight rising water.

“What we do before a storm like this is we drain them down so that the sumps are pretty much empty,” said Sear.

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“Fire departments are also making sure they’re sump pumps are working because they’re often called in to pump out flooded basements.

At Cash True Value in East Lyme they have a full stock of them.

“Sump pumps are one of those things that people don’t usually buy until they need one,” said Nick Wrobel of Cash True Value.

Once someone floods they usually keep one on hand and even have them permanently installed like at the Yantic fire department in Norwich which was damaged during the September floods.

Most times water comes in through the concrete walls and sometimes up through the floor.

“Most basements have concrete floors that’s also porous so if there’s enough pressure coming from down it will come up that way as well,” explained Wrobel. “Water is always going to find the easiest route out and usually through porous concrete it doesn’t have too much resistance.”

Water and wind are keeping many on alert along the shoreline. New London has a crew on stand by ready to respond if there is any wind damage during the storm.

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