Heavy rain causes local street flooding

Published on Monday, 16 April 2018 16:50
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEWINGTON - Flooding from heavy rains temporarily closed roads Monday and prompted school officials to announce delays were likely for the school bus ride home.

In a message posted on Facebook, officials said “it might not be a bad idea to pick up your child at school if you have the means. It is safe to say buses will be running late today but please don’t worry.”

Bus drivers were planning on dropping off kids as close to their homes as possible, which could add travel time, Police Chief Stephen Clark said.

Several roads were temporarily closed as the rain intensified during the morning hours into the afternoon. Some have re-opened, Clark said, but were impassable for a period of time. Flooding has been reported in several neighborhoods off of Main Street, but that will not change any bus schedules, school staff said.

Main Street at the intersection of Dowd Street was temporarily closed due to flooding, police said.

Flooding in the parking lot of Willow Brook Park in New Britain trapped a school bus for about 20 minutes, but otherwise the heavy fall rainfall hasn’t impacted many streets, police said. Residents reported that Canal Street was flooded.

Many parts of Berlin were flooded as of 3 p.m., according to the Public Works Department. Lecia Paonessa, secretary in the Public Works department, said Berlin was flooded “everywhere,” and public works officials were in and out of the office all day dealing with the rain.

Berlin police reported on Twitter that the northbound lane of the Berlin Turnpike between Woodlawn and Deming roads closed due to flooding as early as 10:30 a.m. The road was reopened, Deputy Police Chief Chris Ciuci said, at around 3 p.m.

Lower Lane between Farmington Avenue and Patterson Way, and Beckley Mills Road between Wethersfield Road and France Street were still closed due to flooding as of 3 p.m., Ciuci added. It was unclear Monday afternoon when the roads would reopen.

Norton Road between McGee School and Willard Elementary School and Patterson Way adjacent to the high school also flooded but the water had receded by 4 p.m., public works said.

Staff writers Charles Paullin and Erica Drzewiecki contributed to this story.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General News, Newington on Monday, 16 April 2018 16:50. Updated: Monday, 16 April 2018 16:52.