(WTNH)– Governor Ned Lamont signed a declaration of civil preparedness emergency as a result of Hurricane Ida on Thursday.
Gov. Lamont wrote, as a result of the severe flooding throughout the state, residents should be prepared for widespread damages, transportation delays, and risks to public safety.
WATCH: Report-It photos show extent of flooding around CT from remnants of Ida
This is following a flood warning that had been issued for Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, and New Haven counties through early Thursday morning.
A flood advisory is in effect for Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London until around 6 a.m. Friday.
Three to six inches of rain were expected, which caused flooding on roads and overflowing rivers. Some towns saw as much as over eight inches of rain.
There is also the potential for power outages as the wind is supposed to reach around 20 to 40 miles per hour. As of 6:20 a.m. Friday, Eversource’s outage map shows that 1,194 customers in Connecticut have lost power. United Illuminating’s outage map shows 55 customers have lost power.
STORM SAFETY TIPS FOR RESIDENTS:
- Clear any debris from gutters and downspouts to avoid an accumulation of water in and around your property.
- Move furniture and valuables to a safe place, out of a basement or areas that experience flooding.
- On your street, take a look at the nearest catch basin and clear debris from the top to allow rainwater to flow in freely.
- Make sure flash lights are charged or have batteries, and you have some non-perishable food in case the power goes out.
- Keep phones and electronic devices charged.
- Stay home – do not go for walks, as high winds can carry debris or knock down trees.
- Move cars away from trees that could drop branches. Bring in patio furniture.
- Fill containers with drinking water and fill bathtub with water to flush toilets.
- Generators should be set up and run away from closed spaces and away from homes.
- If a wire is downed, always assume it is live, avoid touching it, do not drive over it and do not move it. Call 911.
Residents are being asked to avoid flooded roads as this flooding could even be life-threatening.
NEW HAVEN COUNTY:
WATCH: Two cars were stuck in water at Campbell Avenue near Clark Street in West Haven.
Flooding in West Haven: Below is a look at Washington Avenue near Bishop Avenue. There was water under the bridge and no way to get through.
NEW LONDON COUNTY:
Connecticut residents are encouraged to download the state’s CTPrepares app for mobile devices.