Heavy rain Monday closes area roads, floods basements

Heavy rain Monday closes area roads, floods basements

Heavy rain Tuesday evening closed roads and flooded basements of local homes.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Meriden, Wallingford and Cheshire until 8:30 p.m. Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University, said about 3.2 inches of rain has fallen in Southington, while Cheshire has seen over four inches of rainfall. Meriden and Wallingford have been hit with over four inches as well, with Meriden seeing 4.3 inches, and Walingford 4.7.

Meriden police said Grove, Center and areas of Pratt streets were closed.

In Wallingford, crews unclogged storm drains to prevent flooding, according to police. The West Side YMCA branch announced it would close about 5:30 p.m.

Wallingford Director of Public Works Henry McCully said there have been few calls of road closures and flooded basements, and they are “in good shape so far.”

Flooding also closed Mountain Road between Route 70 and Route 42 in Cheshire, and crews closed Beacon Hill Drive after a tree and wires reportedly came down. Several basements at homes in town have flooded.

Area residents were advised to move to higher ground and avoid walking or driving in flood waters.

“Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.

Heavy rainfall is forecast through the evening hours before tapering off overnight. Totals have already eclipsed the expected to be between 2 and 4 inches in most areas, but Lessor says “the worst is over.”

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