September starts with soggy deluge

The state was deluged with heavy rains and flooding Sept. 1 and 2, the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which dumped more than half a foot of rain on much of Connecticut and wreaked havoc across the Northeast.

Berlin received 5.35 inches of rain by daybreak on Thursday, Sept. 2, according to the National Weather Service and the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network. 

“Due to heavy rain, there are many roads throughout town that are flooded and impassable,” the Berlin Police Department stated in a Sept. 2 Facebook post.

“Please do not attempt to drive through flooded roads! The following roads are currently closed. Please avoid these areas and plan accordingly. Farmington Avenue/ Main Street (underpass), Lower Lane between Farmington Ave and Patterson Way, Beckley Mills Road, Deming Road (by ASSA/ABLOY), Wethersfield Road (Between Beckley Mills and White Oak).”

Seymour got the highest amount of rainfall in the state, 8.72 inches, with Ida's final punch hitting a stationary weather front and lingering over southern New England for about a day, said Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University.

Statewide, floodwaters caused the death of state police Sgt. Brian Mohl when they swept away his cruiser near Jack's Bridge and the Pomperaug River in Woodbury.

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