In Old Mystic, Cleanup Begins | NBC Connecticut

In Old Mystic, Cleanup Begins



    Floodwaters have receded in Old Mystic, leaving the worst damage from flooding in living memory to homes, roads and businesses.

    "This is the worst I've ever seen and I'm over 70," Ed Williams, who grew up on North Stonington Road, said.

    Inside Old Mystic General Store, Brian McGlinchey was home from school helping to clean up his family's business.

    "The water was up to here," he said, pointing to his knee. "There was only half an inch of mud."

    At Whitehall Pond condominium complex, so much rain went into a small retention basin that it became a large pond, flooding the basements of 12 units.

    Authorities hoped for help from the state government to get pumps powerful enough to get the water all the way to the Mystic River. The basin has no outlet.

    At Mystical Horizons, a "new age bookstore," owner Lynn Merritt said the lake beside the building wasn't there before the storm. She was able to save her inventory and her store before the floodwater got to within an inch of her power outlets.

    Low-interest loans will be available from the Small Business Administration to businesses forced to close, according to Ed Haberek, the first selectman of Stonington. He also opened the town transfer station, even on Easter Sunday, so people can get rid of debris.