National Guard on Alert in Connecticut for Flood Control - NECN

National Guard on Alert in Connecticut for Flood Control



    (NECN: Brian Burnell, Stonington, Conn.) - The flooding is already so bad in some areas that neighborhoods are being evacuated as a precaution.

    Norwich officials have declared a state of
    emergency as the Yantic River continued to rise.

    Earlier Tuesday, Stonington ordered an evacuation of some areas
    as a precaution against rising flood waters.
    In addition, Gov. M. Jodi Rell placed the Connecticut National
    Guard on alert to help with local flood control and sandbagging
    efforts if needed.
    Rell, who is vacationing in Colorado, directed the state
    Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Tuesday to
    add 300,000 sandbags to the state's stockpile of 180,000.
    The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for
    urban areas and small streams in southern Connecticut until 4 p.m.
    Moderate to major river flooding is likely across New London County
    in southeastern Connecticut and moderate flooding is expected
    elsewhere in the southern portions of the state.

    *Material from The Associated Press used in this report*