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Rain Swamps Norwich

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File photo of flooding on a residential street in Connecticut. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

File photo of flooding on a residential street in Connecticut. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

Torrential downpours caused flooding in Norwich this afternoon.

Several roads were shut down near West Town Street, near the ramps to and from I-395.

The foundation of at least one home was undermined, people were trapped in their cars when they tried to drive through standing water, and some businesses were surrounded by water.

“We are trapped here,” said Terry Tougas, at Roots Salon on Wawecus Street. “I wish I had a kayak!

“There are cars stranded everywhere,” Tougas said. “The fire department is out there rescuing people from cars.”

Mayor Peter Nystrom said there are some historic homes from the 1700’s in that part of town.

“We do have a number of streams in our city, a number of ponds, a number of reservoirs in our community that are no longer tied into our water system,” Nystrom said. “Norwich will never have a drought, but in rains like this they can become a problem.”

At mid-afternoon Nystrom said there have been no reports of injuries.

At Marvel Autobody on Clinton Avenue in Norwich, office manager Ed Gauthier said several cars had to be moved, to avoid rising water.

“The water was rising pretty quickly. Every five minutes we would look, and the water was creeping up 2 inches it seemed,” Gauthier said.

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