Watching the Friday flooding potential


EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — “We traded our lawn mower, and snow blower, and leaf blower, and rakes and all of that for a pair of boots,” joked Patrick Rowland of East Haven.

For Patrick Rowland, coastal flooding is a way of life.

“You know, we hear the word ‘coastal flooding’ and you start thinking about it,” mentioned Rowland.

If you live in a shoreline community, the next few days will likely cause you some headaches as we continue to see more wind, higher than normal high tide cycles and low tide cycles that may not go down very much. As a result of that, we’ll probably see some moderate tidal flooding.

“Probably tonight or tomorrow morning with the next two high tides, the water will actually go over all of those roads and fill in,” stated Rowland referring to the areas that flood around his home.Storm Team 8: Click here for the latest forecast

Unfortunately, this storm is coming right around astronomical high tide. So, how can you prepare?

Chuck Licata, Assistant Chief of the East Haven Fire Department said, “Make sure that they secure their properties, remove things that are in their yards that can potentially become a problem. Just take some simple precautions.”

And this is not just a shoreline issue. If you live in inland Connecticut, you’ve got to keep in mind that we have a lot of rain falling in a short period of time and that can cause flooding as well.

“We’ve had many calls where we’ve had to pull water out of two or three foot deep water.” Mentioned Licata.

So, don’t forget the saying, “turn around, don’t drown” and never try to drive through any standing water on the road if you’re not completely sure how deep it is.

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