Storm clean up continues in Lebanon and Norwich

New London

Bonnie and Bill McIntosh have done this three times before and they say it is getting old.

“All these samples I had to throw away,” said Bonnie McIntosh as she surveyed the damage done after flood waters filled the first floor showroom of their Colonial Carpet & Tile store. 

They lost a lot more than those samples. They are now on their second dumpster. They filled the first one with four tons of trash yesterday.

Three feet of water from the Yantic River filled their store leaving behind a thick layer of silt and a whole lot of damage.

They were pulling up the floor when News8 arrived. “Well you can’t salvage them,” said McIntosh. “There’s probably mold.”

The river has receded but is still running high and emergency crews were called Thursday night after a man was pulled from the river near the Falls Mill Condominiums. He had reportedly fallen from the Indian Leap Falls.

In Lebanon several roads were washed out by Tuesday night’s rain and repairs and clean up continued.

News8 talked with a woman whose fiance had to be rescued from four foot high water which quickly surrounded his car Tuesday night on Smith Road.

“He was in the water. He had lost his shoes in the water,” said Kelsey MacDonald. “When he got home he was soaked. But he got out safe.”

He was one of a few people rescued by firefighters.

“I heard of another story where the driveways were sunken in and one car was butt up in the air,” said MacDonald.

The damage left behind by the raging waters is extensive. At least two bridges need to be replaced and a number of roads need to be repaired.

It’s going to take a lot more than just a few truckloads of fill and gravel to fix this road. Not only was that bridge area completely washed away but the culvert was cracked.”

“It’s pretty crazy what happened,” said MacDonald. “I didn’t expect that to happen.”

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