HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Heavy rains and melting snow combined to cause major flooding Monday in parts of western Connecticut, leading to evacuations, mudslides and road closures.
Authorities evacuated neighborhoods in Shelton, Southbury, Weston, Kent and Danbury, while some voluntary evacuations were under way in a section of Waterbury, according to the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Agency spokesman Scott Devico said no injuries were reported.
“A lot of towns reporting flooding are in the western part of the state,” Devico said. “It’s a result of the heavy rains overnight and into this morning, in combination with the snow melt runoff.”
Shelton officials reported that parts of two homes and two cars were swept into the Housatonic River near Oxford and were seen floating down the river. The Housatonic was reported to be at nearly 21 feet at the Stevenson Dam between
Monroe and Oxford, about 10 feet above flood stage.
Flood warnings were issued for the Housatonic, Farmington, Still and Naugatuck rivers. Other flood warnings and watches were posted across the state.
A track washout just south of the Bethel station forced Metro-North officials to suspend service on the Danbury branch of the New Haven Line. Workers were making repairs and buses were being brought in for commuters.
In Danbury, about a dozen homes were evacuated and water was reported up to the first floors of homes in one neighborhood. Water was approaching an apartment complex for the elderly, and authorities were considering an evacuation.
Kent authorities reported that about 40 families in one area were cut off from main roads and were being evacuated.
Route 7 was closed in both directions because an ice jam on the Housatonic River broke and sent ice chunks and water onto the highway.
In Southbury, officials reported more than two dozen evacuations, several homes under water and a few mudslides. A mobile home reportedly was washed away after it was evacuated.
Officials in Plainville, Canton and Watertown asked state officials for hundreds of sandbags.
The flooding also caused numerous road closures.
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