Strong storms cause flash flooding in parts of CT today

Severe thunderstorms and flash flooding occurred Wednesday in Connecticut, the National Weather Service said.

The Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning and flash flood watch for Tolland and Hartford counties Wednesday morning. On Wednesday afternoon, the agency issued a flash flood warning for Windham and Tolland counties.

The National Weather Service said the flood warning covered an area ranging from Willimantic to Putnam.

A flood watch is in effect in the southern part of the state, said Gary LeSueur, assistant director of the Connecticut Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University. It will remain in effect throughout the afternoon in southern Connecticut.

Most of the state can expect ¼ to ¾ inch of rain, although some may see 1-2 inches. LeSueur said there could be more rain in the areas.

It may not look like heavy rain, but because the state was already flooded over the weekend, “it’s not going to get any significant rain before we have flooding again,” he said.

Around 9:30 a.m., the Bristol Police Department asked residents to do just that Stay out of the Middle Street area Due to major floods.

Shortly after, Waterbury police said several areas of the city were also flooded and vehicles were stuck on the road. Police reported Thomaston Street at Homer Street and Watertown Avenue at Robins Street and Rt. 73 on East Aurora Street as impassable.

The Farmington Police Department said around 11:30 a.m. that portions of two roads were closed due to flooding. They said Marj Road between Main Street, Street. 10th Street, Red Oak Hill Road and Johnson Street between Hyde Road and Northwest Drive are closed.

Eight people were rescued from five cars stuck in floodwaters in the morning, said Erin Henry, a public relations specialist in Danbury. It happened near Mill Plain Road and several other areas, Henry said.

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