Tropical Storm Elsa

Cleanup Underway After Flooding in Downtown Meriden

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There is flooding in downtown Meriden after rains from Tropical Storm Elsa and police are asking people to avoid the area.

Police said there have been severe flooding issues in multiple locations downtown and they are hopeful that the water levels will begin to recede now that the heavy rain has stopped.

This video courtesy of the Meriden Police Department shows flooding in the area of Cook and Hanover avenues after heavy rains from Tropical Storm Elsa.

On Cook Avenue, city crews were out trying to sweep up the mud on the road after the floodwaters receded. Some backyards and basements were still flooded.

Merritt Hickson, who has lived in the area for years, said the water started rising quickly this morning.

“It floods from time to time in this area but never this bad where it was almost waist level at certain spots.”

For much of the day several streets had to be closed, though Cook Avenue has reopened now that the water has receded. No injuries have been reported.

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