Rain Stops, But Flooding Fears Continue - NECN

Rain Stops, But Flooding Fears Continue



    (NECN: Jennifer Eagan, Lancaster, Mass.) - Route 117 in Lancaster, Mass., was closed Tuesday morning as heavy rains flooded the busy commuter road in the central part of the state. The road was expected to be opened later in the day.

    Local residents say that the road flooding at this time of the year is fairly common.

    Meanwhile, in Claremont, NH, and in Wallingford, Conn., flooding fears caused evacuations in the vicinity of swollen rivers.

    Elsewhere in New England,   Maine officials said four-seat Diamond DA-40, went
    down near the Canadian border Monday afternoon, killing one person
    and injuring another.

     State wardens had to use snowmobiles to
    respond to the area, where most of the logging roads hadn't been
    plowed, said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Public
    Safety Department. A Canadian search and rescue helicopter reached
    the site Monday night and airlifted the injured person to a
    hospital in Canada.

          Burlington, Vt., registered its
    biggest March snowfall on record, at 25.8 inches as of Monday
    night. In southern New England, flooding closed roads and cut off
    neighborhoods as rain melted snow or fell on frozen ground with no
    place to drain but overtaxed rivers.
    A mudslide in Greenfield, Mass., forced at least two families
    from their homes and buried cars, the Republican newspaper
    reported. In Newport, N.H., an adult and three children had to be
    rescued by boat when the Sugar River surrounded their home. The
    Housatonic River near Oxford, Conn., swept parts of two homes and
    two cars away, authorities said.

          The storm's severity shocked even the hardiest stock in New
    England, where in a nod to the inevitable coming of spring after
    one of the harshest winters in recent memory, stores had put grass
    seed on display. Instead, as the second week of March began,
    businesses closed and residents hunkered down yet again.

          Amy Newman laughed about her disrupted routine as she struggled
    down Main Street in Montpelier, Vt., pushing a three-wheeled
    stroller and carrying her 3-year-old son, Wakeland.

          "We tried going to the library, but it was closed," she said.
    "Then we tried (popular local bakery) La Brioche, but it was
    closed, too."

          To the south, the weather was no laughing matter.

          In Connecticut, flood warnings were issued for the Housatonic,
    Farmington, Still and Naugatuck rivers. About a dozen homes were
    evacuated in Danbury, and water was reported up to the first floors
    of homes in one neighborhood. Authorities considered evacuating an
    apartment complex for the elderly as water encroached.

          Kent authorities reported that about 40 families in one area
    were cut off from main roads and their homes were being evacuated.
    In Southbury, officials reported more than two dozen evacuations,
    several homes underwater and a few mudslides. A mobile home
    reportedly was washed away after it was evacuated.

        (Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)