Flooding Forces Car Rescues, Affects Schools

Rain is causing flooding problems across the state right now, causing problems for schools and drivers.

Public schools in Bloomfield and Regional School District 14 are closed, as are the Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy, Lollipop Tree School and St. Timothy School, both in West Hartford. UConn's Greater Hartford campus is also closed.

There are also several delays and they are posted on the school closings page. If you have not yet signed up for school closing alerts, you can do so online.

In West Hartford, police are making several rescues from cars in the North End of town, including Middle Street, because of flooding. Route 8 in the Naugatuck-Waterbury area is problematic, Lt. Paul Vance, of State Police, said.

The Crotty family sent this video in from Watertown

Bloomfield: Most roads were flooded as of 7:15 a.m., police said. Bloomfield Avenue is washed out near Knollwood Road. Route 189 south of Route 218 is closed due to a washout.

Bristol: Route 72 closed at Old Waterbury Road because of wash out. This is the detour: Route 72 to Old Waterbury Road, to Tunnel Street, to Canal Street, back to Route 72. Also, Route 72 is closed from Route 372 at the Plainville town line to Lincoln Avenue because of flooding.

Canaan: Route 63 at Route 126 is closed due to flooding.

Canton: Route 179 near Route 44 is closed because of a sinkhole.

Chester Hadlyme Ferry: closed until further notice due to high water.

Danbury: Route 37 between Jeannette Road and Golden Heights is closed due to flooding. Flooding also caused the IRS taxpayer assistance center at 131 West St. to close on Thursday.

Hartford: Granby Street and Nahum Drive are closed because of flooding. Police have also made rescues from cars. 

Kent: Route 7 is closed in the center of Kent and Bulls Bridge is closed because of flooding and Route 7 in New Milford is closed between Sunny Valley Road and Bridge Street.

New Fairfield: Route 39 is closed near Bogus Hill Road because a tree is down in wires.

Newtown: Route 302 at Long View Heights is closed due to flooding.

Roxbury: Route 317 at Bacon Road is closed due to flooding.

Woodbury: Route 317 from Bear Hill Road to Route 6 is closed due to flooding.

State police advise that you drive slowly and not drive through any major pooling of water. In areas where you normally see flooding, anticipate major flooding, Vance said. 

If you have photos of flooding, send them to photos@nbcconnecticut.com.

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