Black Ice a Concern As Temperatures Drop After Heavy Rain

Roads flooded and trees and wires fell in some towns as rain came down on top of snow and ice left over from the weekend storm.

Towns and cities across the state reported flooded streets Thursday, and even as the rain moves out with dropping temperatures drivers still have to worry about black ice.

Flooding prompted the closure of Reserve Road in Hartford as melting snow and torrential rain clogs sewers in the area. 

In Enfield, the following roads were closed:

  • Glenwood at Circle Dr
  • Steele at Judy/Roberts
  • Cranbrook
  • Town Farm between Grassmere CC and Broad Brook Rd
  • Post Rd Between Phoenix and Overhill

Powder Hollow near the sand pits and Southwood at South Road are barricaded to warn of water.

In Farmington, Meadow Road is closed between New Britain Avenue and Main Street because of flooding. Police said it will reopen when the flooding subsides, which is expected later tonight. 

Main Street in Newington is closed between Atwood and Mountain View until further notice due to flooding. Police urge drivers to seek an alternate route. 

Public works crews estimated the water was 18 inches high and impassable.

The Connecticut River, Farmington River, Housatonic River, and Quinebaug River all creeped toward minor flood stage late Thursday.

In Vernon, there were several reports of downed power lines, according to police.

They said there was a transformer explosion on West Main Street, trees and wires are down on Kenneth Drive and Lake Street and wires are down on Tracy Drive.

They urge anyone who sees downed power lines not to approach and instead call 911.

Colchester’s emergency management director said downed wires closed Route 16, which is also known as Middletown Road. 

There were also reports of trees and wires down in Lisbon, Griswold, Brooklyn, Thompson, Salem, Colchester and Plainfield.  

Winds will diminish over the next few hours. 

As of 6 p.m., Eversource was reporting 2,420 customers without power, down from thousands more earlier in the day.

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