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Wallace Dam in Wallingford appears as a series of rapids due to the high water level in the Quinnipiac River Thursday morning May 1, 2014. | Richie Rathsack/Record-Journal
Flood waters overtake Wallace Dam on the Quinnipiac River in Wallingford Thursday afternoon May 1, 2014.  |  Dave Zajac / Record-Journal A pickup truck drives on Quinnipiac St. over the rising waters of the Quinnipiac River in Wallingford, Thursday afternoon May 1, 2014.  |  Dave Zajac / Record-Journal

First significant spring rainfall didn’t cause significant problems


A few inches of rain fell between Wednesday and Thursday, causing concerns about flooding locally. But the state fared well compared to other parts of the country that saw 20 inches of rain in 24 hours.

Gary Lessor, meteorologist at Western Connecticut State University’s Weather Center, said the rainfall total in Meriden was about 3 inches, Wallingford got about 3.7 inches and Southington had about 3.3 inches.

“This is a typical spring storm,” Lessor said. “It’s the type of storm that should have happened a month ago.”

Lessor said because of the late cold air, the rain systems were suppressed and now the patterns are changing across the country. There will be more storms like this one throughout May, Lessor said. The flooding from the rain wasn’t significant, with many of the rivers getting up to their banks. The Housatonic River by the Stevenson Dam was the only spot that rose above flood level, Lessor said.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with temperatures expected to range between 55 and 70 degrees, Lessor said. The weekend looks like a mix of clouds and sun, with the chance of light showers, Lessor said. The weekend rain won’t cause flooding, Lessor said.

So far this year, the rainfall totals are about four inches above normal, and about 9.78 inches more than the state saw last year by this point, Lessor said. The forecast going through May calls for warmer temperatures, but also more rain.

Local police and fire crews hadn’t seen any flooded roads by Thursday afternoon

. Meriden police reported a significant pot hole on Interstate 691 eastbound by exit 5 to the state police. State police said a Department of Transportation crew responded scene and traffic backed up during the morning commute.

Wallingford police were out early in the morning checking roads with clogged drains, but there have been no problems.

Southington police said the town didn’t have any accidents or flooded roads. Cheshire police said South Brooksvale Road flooded briefly, but was cleared by 10 a.m., and there were no other issues from the rain.



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