The mayor of Naugatuck has declared a state of emergency after a freak rain storm caused flash floods Wednesday afternoon.
Emergency officials have been taking call after call for flooding in Naugatuck as a storm dumped more than five inches of rain.
The Naugatuck River went from 1.6 feet as of 2:30 p.m. to 6.6 feet as of 4 p.m. because of rain coming downstream from Naugautuck, according to NBC meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan.
There is a 6-foot deep sinkhole at Trowbridge Place in Naugatuck caused by the storm.
Mayor Bob Mezzo declared a state of emergency as of 4 p.m. and said many areas of the Borough were impassible. Mezzo was updating damage reports on his blog.
A three-story apartment building at 83 Prospect Street was evacuated due to flooding, according to police. The Senior Center at 300 Meadow Street was being used as a shelter.
Gov. Dannel Malloy traveled to Naugatuck to see the damage first hand.
Several people have tweeted photos of flooded roads.
One of the most dramatic is of Hoadley Avenue, where rushing water is carrying chunks of roadway down the street.
The state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection warns against driving in areas where the water covers the roadway.
The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped, according to a flood information sheet from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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