Rain causes flooding at New Britain police station

Published on Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:57
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN - An electrical room at police headquarters flooded Friday night, officials said, forcing the department to run on generator power.

The water in the police station’s basement was spotted by an officer around 6 p.m., Police Chief James Wardwell said.

Police service continued as usual after Eversource shut off power to the building, Wardwell said.

“There was no disruption in service,” he said. “Dispatch and 911 is working properly.”

Eversource crews left Saturday to allow the room to dry out, said Eversource spokesman Al Lara.

“We are a 24/7 operation, so this wasn’t a situation where we closed on Friday night and wouldn’t be back until Monday,” Wardwell said Saturday.

The city had few problems with the storm otherwise, Wardwell said.

“The city has an electrician evaluating our equipment before it’s turned back on,” Wardwell said. “We saw a bunch of city departments work really well together last night.”

The central and eastern portions of the state experienced scattered power outages as heavy rain and blustery winds buffeted the area overnight, Lara said.

At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 1,900 Eversource customers were still without power. “There were limbs down and trees down in locations,” Lara said.

Bristol police reported no problems from the weather. Plainville dispatchers said one road was closed after wires came down and one basement had minor flooding.

The concerns about a “flash freeze” ebbed in Central Connecticut as the sun popped out, but the wind continued into mid-morning, Lara said.

“The wind tends to dry everything out faster,” he said.

Temperatures plummeted, from about 60 degrees at 4 a.m. to 32 degrees by 1 p.m.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, Newington on Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:57. Updated: Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:59.