A Look At Hurricane Dangers, Inland Flooding Risks 3 Years After Tropical Storm Irene

A full 24 hours before tropical storm Irene made landfall in August of 2011, flooding rain was already pelting the state.

By the time the storm wrapped up, rain was the biggest issue inland, not the wind. Several inches of rain fell, some towns picking up a summer’s worth of rain in just one day.

Bristol and Plainville were particularly hard hit as the smaller rivers and streams quickly overflowed their banks, turning streets into rivers. The Pequabuck River overflowed its banks and turned many Bristol streets into raging rivers.

One way to keep your family safe when a tropical storm or hurricane approaches is to find out if you live in a flood plain. Its best to keep in mind that sometimes the smaller rivers and streams tend to flood the quickest.

Even if you don’t live in a flood plain, many home and business owners rely on sump pumps to keep the water out. Michael Brush from the Home Depot in Southington said that it’s best to keep in mind that losing power will also cause your sump pump to stop working. He recommends battery back-ups for sump pumps, or investing in a generator to keep the electricity going when a storm moves in.

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