Streets are flooded in parts of Connecticut and nearly 1,700 power outages are reported as heavy rain moves across southern New England.
An expert told CBS News that environmental shifts caused by climate change could lead to coastal flooding the likes of which was seen during Superstorm Sandy.
“I wish I had a kayak!”
Officials took a look at the aging system of levees and pumping stations protecting Hartford and East Hartford from flooding on the Connecticut River.
Some flooding has been reported in low-lying areas along the Connecticut shoreline due to a combination of rain and wind.
Romney was asked at a presidential debate whether FEMA should be shut down in light of the deficit. Romney replied that FEMA should “absolutely” be shut down. He was asked specifically if that included disaster relief. He replied that it was “immoral” to provide such relief in the face of “larger debts”, emphasizing that “it makes no sense at all” to have such programs.
A Connecticut school has lost up to $60,000 worth of books in its library and elsewhere because of flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene.
The state Department of Transportation is calling in a crane to help remove debris which has washed down the Connecticut River and caught up on the stone supports of the century-old Bulkeley Bridge. The work will affect traffic over the bridge.
The National Weather Service says that storm killed nearly 600 people and injured 1,700. About 8,900 houses across southern New England were destroyed, and more than 15,000 others were damaged.
Governor Malloy is urging Connecticut residents and businesses to prepare for storms that could hit the state at the onset of the hurricane season.