Storm brings heavy rain to Meriden-Wallingford area, flooding closes local roads

Storm brings heavy rain to Meriden-Wallingford area, flooding closes local roads

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Heavy rain that lasted until mid-afternoon led to flooding throughout the area Monday, closing roads and keeping local firefighters busy.

Meteorologist Gary Lessor said 3.35 inches accumulated in Meriden as of about 3 p.m. Southington saw about 4.13 inches, Wallingford had 3.11 inches, and Cheshire had 4.5 inches.

“We’ve been seeing torrential rain across central Connecticut since 10 o'clock this morning,” said Lessor, who works at the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University.

Local fire departments responded to reports of flooding throughout the morning.

In Meriden, Hanover Street was closed between Cook Avenue and South Grove Street. Sections of Crown Street and Hall Avenue  were also flooded by early Monday afternoon.

Wallingford Battalion Chief Edward Butkus said the department had a number of calls, mostly for basement and street flooding. Firefighters will not pump basements, but will help in other ways, he said.

“We go in and we’re looking for safety,” Butkus said. They will shut off power if possible and help salvage belongings.

Butkus said they responded to Pearson Street and Seneca Road for flooded roadways due to clogged catch basins. Neither road was closed to traffic.

About 2 p.m., a tree reportedly came down in the area of 1317 Barnes Road in Wallingford, blocking the street.

The northbound side of the Berlin Turnpike was temporarily closed between Woodlawn Road and Deming Road due to flooding.

Waters also reportedly rose at the Meriden Green, which was designed to prevent widespread flooding in the downtown area.

City Public Works Director Bob Bass said the green basin can hold up to 7 inches of rainfall within 24 hours. He said he was not concerned about the potential for flooding Monday.

Temperatures stayed in the 40s most of the day, but increased during the afternoon, Lessor said. A few scattered rain showers were expected after heavy rain tapered off.

Lessor said Monday night was expected to be cloudy with lows near 40 degrees. Tuesday will see “considerable clouds” with an afternoon shower or two. Thursday could see more showers, with less than half an inch of accumulation.

The heavy rain today flooded portions of Hunter Memorial Golf Club in Meriden. This is looking around the 1st, 10th and 11th holes.

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