Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tribal Offices Closed Due To Regional Flooding, Norwich Declares State Of Emergency

Feather News

The Mohegan Tribal offices closed at noon today due to regional flooding which, in part, caused the city of Norwich to declare a state of emergency and resulted in the governor putting the National Guard on alert.

Numerous roads across the state were closed due to the flooding caused by the rain that began Sunday night and has continued since then. Forecasts predict the rain may stop tomorrow afternoon.

Roads in Norwich reported to be closed earlier today:
West Town Street at Case Street, Wawecus Street, New London Turnpike at the Norwich Town Mall, New London Turnpike at the Norwich/Montville Town Line, Mohegan Park Road at Spaulding Pond and North Main Street at Boswell Ave.

Roads in Montville reported to be closed earlier today:
Colchester Road between Chesterfield Road and Fellows Road is closed. New London Turnpike between Fitch Hill Road and Old Fitch Hill Road in closed. Route 163 in Montville is closed in both directions at Route 32.

The Yantic River in Norwich, where the famed Uncas' Leap is located, is expected to reach record levels before the rain is done.

Some Stonington residents were ordered to evacuate their homes this morning and emergency shelters were opened there and in Griswold. A shelter was opened yesterday in Norwich. That shelter is located at the Rose City Senior Center on Mahan Drive.

Many school districts were either closed today or let students go home early.

No reports yet of arks being built.

Note: The Yantic River was later reported to have reached a level 13.23 feet. Brian Hallenbeck and Kathleen Edgecomb, reporters for The Day newspaper, noted that this level for the Yantic River was "third place all time behind the 14.66-foot level during the hurricane of 1938 and the 14.88 feet it reached in 1982."