Naugatuck’s mayor declared a state of emergency at 4 p.m. Wednesday, after as much as five inches of rain deluged the city in a one-hour period.
Authorities issued a travel advisory urging residents to stay in place or use extreme caution until the water receded.
The Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at the senior center, after the Fire Department recommended evacuation of some single family homes and at least one apartment building. Police said a brook behind a three story apartment building on Prospect Street overflowed its banks, compromising the building’s electrical systems.
Police closed Route 8 ramps into Naugatuck to keep cars out of flooded areas.
The Northeast River Forecast Center says the Naugatuck Rover above Becon Falls measured 1.55 feet at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m., the river level was 6.6 feet.
Police Lieutenant Robert Harrison says it was raining so hard at times, that the water pushed manhole covers three feet into the air. He says the force and volume of the water buckled roads in some areas and ripped the pavement.
Governor Malloy’s office says he went to Naugatuck after receiving reports of the flooding, and received a briefing at the Police Department.