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Storm expected to bring heavy rain, may lead to floodingHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A storm is expected to bring rain Wednesday night into Thursday. Channel 3 declared an Early Warning Weather Alert for that time frame because the rain could be heavy and lead to flooding. Meteorologist Mark Dixon said a flash flood watch was issued through Thursday. "While the daylight hours [Wednesday] will essentially be dry, isolated to scattered showers develop around/after the evening commute," Dixon said. "We can expect periods of rain [Wednesday night] and [Thursday]. It could be heavy at times [and] rumbles of thunder can’t be ruled out." The storm is expected to move away by the Thursday evening commute. A combination of heavy rain and temperatures in the 40s and 50s is expected to cause rapid snow and ice melt. "There is a risk for flooding due to the frozen ground, anticipated snow/ice melt and heavy nature of the rain," Dixon said. "One to 2 inches is likely with locally higher amounts." The flooding is possible in poor drainage areas and basements. "By Thursday evening, temps drop through the 40s into the 30s and the wind gets cranking," Dixon said. Temperatures will drop back into the 20s by the overnight hours. Wind gusts of over 30 mph will be possible. Any standing water will turn to ice. Friday looks to be partly sunny and cold with highs in the low-to-mid 30s. The wind may continue to gust up to 30 mph. "The weekend still looks to only feature highs on Saturday in the 20s with sunshine," Dixon said. "Sunday, scattered snow showers will be possible. As of now, this is not a major storm by any means." Read the complete technical discussion <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/weather/technical_discussion/" target="_blank">here</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, head <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/site/station_info/apps" target="_blank">here</a> or text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app.
Glastonbury crash leaves intersection without working lights for daysGLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) - A crash on Main Street in Glastonbury on Monday continued to have repercussions on traffic Wednesday. According to police, the single-vehicle crash happened by Route 17. The vehicle struck a traffic control electrical cabinet. Inside were the controls to the traffic signal for the Main Street, Route 17 and Buttonball Lane intersection. Police said the equipment was extensively damaged. They also said drivers have been calling about getting the signals fixed. However, police said the lights are owned and maintained by the state Department of Transportation. They said the DOT was aware of the damage and is working to at least get the light flashing by Wednesday afternoon. The hope is to have it fully functional by Friday. In the meantime, police said they put up stop signs at the intersection. Drivers heading through the area were urged to be cautious.
Nurse arrested in case of incapacitated woman who gave birthPHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say a licensed practical nurse has been arrested on a charge of sexual assault in the impregnation of an incapacitated woman who gave birth last month at a long-term health care facility. Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said Wednesday that investigators arrested 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland on one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse. Williams says Sutherland worked at the Hacienda HealthCare facility where the woman lived and had been providing care to her. The 29-year-old victim has been incapacitated since the age of 3 and gave birth to a boy at the facility on Dec. 29. Employees said they had no idea she was pregnant. Court records say her last known physical was in April.
Sewer issues investigated along Route 66 in East HamptonEAST HAMPTON, CT (WFSB) - Sewer issues prompted an investigation along Route 66 in East Hampton on Wednesday. According to police, the issues were reported on Old Marlborough Road between Day Point Road and O'Neill Lane. Police did not describe the nature of the sewer issues or release the cause. For real-time traffic updates, check the Channel 3 traffic map <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/traffic/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Hamden man arrested after police find heroin, crack cocaine in apartmentHAMDEN, CT (WFSB) - A lengthy investigation led to the arrest of a man in Hamden on drug charges. Police said they arrested 29-year-old Clemente Holmes after they executed a search warrant at his apartment on Goodrich Street. While executing the warrant, investigators said they found 374 wax folds of heroin, 56 bags of crack cocaine and a firearm. Holmes was immediately arrested. Police charged him with two counts of possession of narcotics, two counts of possession with intent to sell, criminal possession of a pistol and negligent storage of a firearm. He was held on a $100,000 bond and scheduled to face a judge in Meriden on Feb. 5.
Senators propose raising federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024WASHINGTON (WFSB) - Connecticut's U.S. senators have joined other top lawmakers to introduce a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal joined Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont to propose raising the wage to $15 per hour by 2024. They introduced the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 on Wednesday. “It’s offensive to me that a full-time worker making the federal minimum wage is only paid $15,000 a year," Murphy said. "That’s not a living wage. How can anyone afford to pay their bills and put food on the table for their families?" Blumenthal said raising the wage would give working families some much-needed support. "A robust minimum wage would help ensure the promise of the American Dream is within reach for all, not just some," Blumenthal said. "Congress must finally pass this bill and give American workers their long overdue raise." More on the bill can be read <a href="https://www.murphy.senate.gov/download/raise-the-wage-act-of-2019" target="_blank">here</a>.
I-84 crash in Middlebury backs up traffic for several milesMIDDLEBURY, CT (WFSB) - A crash involving a tractor trailer and a vehicle has caused a backup several miles long on Interstate 84 in Middlebury. The crash happened between exits 17 and 16 on the westbound side around 9 a.m. Injuries were reported, according to state police. The extent, however, is not clear. The Department of Transportation said drivers are seeing a backup of 5.5 miles. For real-time traffic updates, check the Channel 3 traffic map <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/traffic/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Chemical leak forces crews to block off New Haven roadNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - A chlorine leak caused crews to respond to a section of New Haven. Police had a section of Welton Street blocked off on Wednesday morning. They determined that the leak came from the H. Krevit Co. chemical plant on Welton Street. The plant gave investigators a rundown of its operations and is cooperating. Police said they received a call around 3:30 a.m. for an odor. Hamden police received the original call and said people reported having respiratory problems and smelling the scent of chlorine. People at the Leeway Inc. nursing home reported the odor. Firefighters believe the smell got into the buildings through the HVAC system or sewer. See photos from the scene <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/chemical-leak-investigated-in-new-haven/collection_12db5e58-1f10-11e9-8018-4f6c3ac03a41.html" target="_blank">here</a>. Crews initially said a chlorine-based product was in the sewer system, but not in the air. Firefighters were called and metered the area. However, they did not get any readings in the sewer. Water pollution authorities and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are on the scene. Channel 3 has a crew on the scene.
Governor to surprise Plainville teacher with national awardPLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) - The governor will surprise an elementary school teacher in Plainville with a national award on Wednesday. Gov. Ned Lamont will present the Milken Educator Award to a teacher during an event at the Louis Toffolon Elementary School. The event is happening at 9 a.m. The name of the teacher has not been released prior to the event, as it is a surprise to both the teacher and students. Lamont will be joined by state Department of Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell and other local officials. The award was created by the Milken Family Foundation in 1987 to recognize teaching excellence, according to Lamont.
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