Heavy Rains Lead to Flooding Around State

Flood warnings and watches have been issued after heavy rain swept the state Sunday morning.

Flood warnings remain in effect for Fairfield, Litchfield, New Haven and New London counties. Flood watches have been posted statewide.

A winter weather advisory has also been issued for Litchfield County overnight Sunday into Monday, as dropping temperatures could bring sleet and ice.

Steady rain falling this morning has lightened up and is expected to turn to showers in the afternoon.

Several homes and streets have flooded in Norwich, according to Director of Emergency Management Gene Arters. Boswell Avenue was washed out and has been closed throughout the morning but one lane is now passable.

Kelly Middle School will open at noon to serve as a shelter for those affected by the flooding.

A number of small rivers around the state have jumped their banks. Moderate flooding has been reported at the Yantic River in Norwich, which crested at just over 10 feet, the highest since March 2010.

The Mount Hope River in Ashford, Willimantic River in Coventry and Housatonic River in New Milford and below the Stevenson Dam have seen minor flooding.

A flood warning has also been issued for the Pawcatuck River in Stonington, which is still rising. Minor flooding is expected and will mostly affect the Rhode Island side of the river.

Downpours will resume around dinnertime and could be accompanied by thunder, lightning and even some small hail.

Some parts of the state, including Norwich, North Stonington and Westbrook, have received more than 4 inches of rain since the start of the storm. Check for updated rain totals here.

Along with all the precipitation comes much cooler temperatures. The colder air will filter in later tonight, changing some of the rain to sleet and possibly even some wet snow in the hills.

Expect to wake up Monday morning to chilly temperatures, sleet and some wet snow flakes.

Relief is coming, as the temperatures should be in the 50s once April rolls around on Tuesday.

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