The rivers are starting to recede in the east part of the state, but the Connecticut River is now swelling. Flood-weary residents are coping with closed streets and backyards that now resemble lakes.
The overflow is putting parts of several towns at risk of flooding -- and those rising river waters are changing the routine for Connecticut residents.
In Portland, Karen Powers brings her kids to the bus stop at the top of Main Street because the bottom of the street is closed.
She sees flooded streets as a glass-half-full situation.
“It’s actually our favorite time of year when the road gets flooded because it's quiet,” Powers said.
In Cromwell, it’s more of the same. Signs block several roads and homes no longer have backyards.
And there’s no taking in the view from the benches at Rocky Hill’s Ferry Park.
The parking lot is covered and handicap parking signs are hidden by a steady stream of the Connecticut River.
Wayne Richardson, of Rocky Hill, is documenting the water’s rise each day with his camera.
“There’s a ramp with wooden beams. Each day more and more of the wood disappears and I have a sequence of shots of it. It’s just fascinating,” says Richardson.
But it’s certainly not picture perfect in Middletown, where the flooding might be the worst.
There’s no walking along the riverfront because the concrete path is completely submerged.
The water is quickly closing in on the Harbor Park restaurant as well.
Owners not only cancelled their Easter Sunday brunch, but also boarded up the front door to prevent costly destruction.