Shoreline towns work to avoid flooding as storm moves through Connecticut

New London

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — Public works crews in cities and towns throughout southeastern Connecticut have been getting ready for the heavy rains expected with this storm.

Crews in Norwich, along with Groton and other shoreline towns, cleared the leaves from storm drains so water could flow freely.

However, in some areas, rain fell too quickly, drowning some drains under watered-covered roads.

“We grew up referring to this as Lake Mohican,” said Bill Nesbitt, who lives on Mohican Road in Old Saybrook where water flooded the street in front of his house.

It may be good advice to avoid driving through any water. The water on Mohican Road went from just a few inches in some spots to several inches in others. 

“Definitely some people aren’t realizing just how deep the water is… have in the past gotten stuck in the middle of the road,” Nesbitt said.

Along with the heavy rains, high winds also blew into the region, knocking down some leaf-covered branches and knocking out power. 

The high winds are what may have power companies most worried about this storm, though they may not pose as much of a threat as past storms have for Nesbitt. He’s happy to see just his road flooded so far with this storm, and said a storm this past summer was much worse.

“Flooding surrounded the house. My house was an island for about two days.”

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