Flash Flooding in Sharon Causes Damage and Road Closures

By Ryan Hanrahan and George Colli
|  Monday, Jul 1, 2013  |  Updated 8:49 AM EDT
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Flash Flooding in Sharon Causes Damage and Road Closures

Whitney Hutton

The road outside of the Sharon Country Inn was completely flooded.

A thunderstorm in Dutchess County New York moved into the town of Sharon on Sunday afternoon, dropping an incredible amount of rain in a short period of time.

"Unprecedented" is what people in Sharon are calling the flooding from the storm.

The torrential rain resulted in flash flooding. Streams and small rivers quickly rose out of their banks. Some driveways washed away and some homes and businesses were flooded as well.

Richard Carley said his rain gauge picked up 3.3 inches of rain in 1 hour and 5 minutes.

Alex Elliot, another Sharon resident, said the water was 2 or 3 inches high up Calkinstown Road, flooding his business down the street.

"I talked to all the firemen, nobody had seen water rise like that," Elliot said.

Peter Leffert's front yard resembled a lake. The water reached up to his car bumper and also flooded his basement. 

"When you get 3 or 4 inches of water, nothing can accommodate that quickly enough, " said Leffert.

The threat for flooding will return on Monday as more moisture streams up the coast.

Our computer models indicate the biggest threat for flooding will be in western sections of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

 

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