Heavy Storms and Floods Affect Several Parts of State

By Ari Mason
|  Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013  |  Updated 6:54 PM EDT
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Fire officials had to rescue stranded passengers when their car got stuck on flooded-out Stoneycrest Drive in Middletown.

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Severe weather alerts are in effect around the state as slow-moving storms head southbound through Connecticut, bringing heavy rains and thunder.

A flash flood warning is in effect for New Haven County until 7:15 p.m. The most significant threat is concentrated in the Watertown and Thomaston area south into Waterbury and Wolcott.

Two active storm cells are moving through the state now, one through northwest New Haven Coutny and another through parts of Litchfield County near Sharon and Salisbury.

Roads in Torrington are flooded, and Harpswell Street gave way when the pavement buckled from the weight of flood waters.

Both storms are accomplanied by heavy rains, thunder and lightning and are moving southwest toward the New York state border.

At the height of the storm, Stoneycrest Drive in Middletown was under three feet of water. At least one car stalled out and was stranded on the road, according to Mayor Daniel T. Drew. Fire officials arrived at the scene to rescue the passengers trapped inside.

The mayor said the catch basins on Stoneycrest were overflowing and that it could take some time for the water to subside. Residents of three nearby apartment buildings were asked to stay inside.

The water has drained and the road has since reopened.

Parts of Route 3 in Middletown were also flooded, and hail is coming down along Interstate 91 near the Meriden-Middletown line.

Portland experienced and heavy rains and lightning, according to town officials. Thunder and lighning in neighboring East Hampton brought two inches of rain in just one hour.

A severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Middlesex and New Haven counties expired at 5:15 p.m. Flood advisories for Middlesex, New London, Tolland and Fairfield counties expired at 5:30 and a flash flood warning for Fairfield County expired at 5:45 p.m.

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