(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*