Norwich residents clean up after flooding - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Norwich residents clean up after flooding

NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

In southeastern Connecticut, heavy downpours swallowed up cars and stranded drivers, while turning backyards into rivers Thursday afternoon.

Many residents still haven't been able to dry out.

More rain in the forecast is the last thing residents in Norwich want at this point. Residents there received around 4 inches of rain Thursday afternoon, that's a month's worth of rainfall, in just a few hours.

For hours, a relentless rain swamped Norwich, turning the Rose City into a soggy one.

With the rain falling at an impressive clip, the storm drains couldn't keep up. That started flooding streets and turning roads into rivers, while leaving drivers with no place to go.

"My husband couldn't get out on his side," Eve Huppert said. "It was much deeper, so I was able to get out onto the grass, go in and get some help. The firemen came and helped get my husband out."

She and her husband were visiting from New Jersey, when their car got caught up in mother nature's mess, on a flooded town road.

For a while, the heavy rainfall, and the flooding that followed, forced the closure of exit 82 off Interstate 395.

Instead of mounting and balancing, the crew at Norwich Tire spent the day flipping, dumping and drying out.

 All of the tires were filled with water, and everything inside the building was filled with mud.

"It's a mess," employee Jerry Chmielecki said.

It wasn't any easier on homeowners, who were left to deal with flooded basements and yards, overtaken by the rising waters.

"The water kept coming in," homeowner Evan Schaad said. "We got our pumps going, and it got deep."

He said he had three sump pumps inside his basement on Shoales Avenue.

"I left the sump pump going all night, and in the morning there were a few places that were dry already," he said.

The flooding washed away parts of the foundations for homes on Plain Hill in Norwichtown.

Norwich Public Utilities was forced to cut power to customers in the effected area on Thursday. Power will be shutdown for 26 customers on Friday around 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Beverage Outlet shoplifter wanted

    Beverage Outlet shoplifter wanted

    Friday, March 24 2017 4:04 PM EDT2017-03-24 20:04:20 GMT
    Beverage Outlet shoplifting suspect 3/23/17 (source: Columbia County Sheriff's Office)Beverage Outlet shoplifting suspect 3/23/17 (source: Columbia County Sheriff's Office)

    The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying a shoplifting suspect. At around 6:40 p.m. on March 23, the suspect pictured in this article reportedly shoplifted two bottles of Grey Goose from Beverage Outlet on Bobby Jones Expressway.

    More >>

    The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying a shoplifting suspect. At around 6:40 p.m. on March 23, the suspect pictured in this article reportedly shoplifted two bottles of Grey Goose from Beverage Outlet on Bobby Jones Expressway.

    More >>
  • House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill

    House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill

    Friday, March 24 2017 3:57 PM EDT2017-03-24 19:57:52 GMT
    Friday, March 24 2017 3:59 PM EDT2017-03-24 19:59:52 GMT

    Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.

    More >>

    Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.

    More >>
  • WWE's Kane plans run for mayor in Tennessee

    WWE's Kane plans run for mayor in Tennessee

    Friday, March 24 2017 2:37 PM EDT2017-03-24 18:37:09 GMT
    Friday, March 24 2017 3:46 PM EDT2017-03-24 19:46:28 GMT

    The WWE wrestler Kane, real name Glenn Jacobs, is preparing to run for the office of mayor in Knox County, TN.

    More >>

    The WWE wrestler Kane, real name Glenn Jacobs, is preparing to run for the office of mayor in Knox County, TN.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly