Monday, April 16, 2007
Woman Rescued from Vehicle Along Saugatuck
A road barricade fell down this afternoon, and it meant a water rescue for a Weston woman who tried to traverse the high waters on Clinton Avenue near Ford Road.
While the flooding has receded along the coast and many roads were opened this afternoon, the upper areas of Westport along the Saugatuck River and its tributaries were still under water.
The Saugatuck River was rushing by Ford Road swollen from the heavy rains of the nor’easter that pushed through the region Sunday, and today the water flooded one home at the bottom of the hill from Clinton Avenue.
The waters had risen to thigh level on Ford Road, and a Weston woman, who wished not to be identified, said she didn’t think the flood waters were that deep because the barricade was down and it was shallow at the bottom of the hill.
“The Barricades Were Down So I Thought It Was Okay”
A Weston woman’s car sits in the waters of the overflowing Saugatuck River on Westport’s Ford Road today following her rescue from the vehicle by Westport firefighters using a Connecticut National Guard vehicle. “The barricades were down so I thought it was okay,” she said afterwards. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo ©2007 WestportNow.com
Kings Highway North Among Streets Flooded
Wilton Road Closed
Westport police were out blocking Wilton Road today. The Saugatuck River rose and covered a portion of the road near Save the Children. On Sunday, a motorist was caught in the water on Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saugatuck River Floods Downtown
The Saugatuck River spilled over its banks and into downtown Westport again this morning, including along Main Street and Parker-Harding Plaza. Many of the roads in the downtown area are blocked with flood waters. Westport emergency officials said coastal flooding will recede this afternoon, but the Saugatuck River has yet to crest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Downtown Westport Blocked by Flood Waters
Emergency workers helped a Saugatuck Shores resident out of flood-blocked streets today as new coastal flooding hit Westport and the Saugatuck River spilled over its banks in the town’s center at high tide, emergency officials said.
In an 11:45 a.m. update, Westport emergency officials urged residents to avoid downtown Westport, which was only accessible at the time via Route 1. Most downtown streets were back to normal less than two hours later.
Fire officials said a woman resident of the Saugatuck Shores area requested assistance in leaving her home blocked by flood waters. A National Guard vehicle with high water capability took her through to higher land, they said.
As waters rose in advance of the 10:51 a.m. high tide, numerous roads were closed, they said, including Kings Highway North at Canal Street, Canal Street at Main Street, Riverside Avenue, Parker Harding and Jesup Parking Lots, all of Saugatuck Shores, Compo Road South and most roads around Compo Beach.
Minor Flooding in Compo Beach Area
Compo Area Roads Flooded
Willow Brook Continues to Flood Neighborhood
Willow Brook was over its banks along Westport’s Richmondville Avenue this morning. One home owner’s kayak drifted into the brook during the night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Blackburn for WestportNow.com
Saugatuck River Overflows its Banks
The Saugatuck River surged over its banks in Westport’s center today as high tide approached. This was the scene in the Taylor Place parking lot adjacent to the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridgen over the Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saugatuck Shores Roads Flood
Spriteview Avenue in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area was under 3 feet of water this morning as high tide approached. Coastal flooding was widespread throughout the Saugatuck Shores area with isolated pockets of flooding elsewhere in Westport near the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Morning High Tide May Be Worse
Westport officials said this morning’s high tide could be worse than the one Sunday night that caused significant coastal flooding and pushed water onto Main Street in downtown Westport.
In a 10 a.m. update from emergency officials, they said tide alarms sounded this morning to indicate readings of a tide over 7 feet in height with three hours left before high tide, which will happen around 11 a.m. this morning.
They expect the inland and tidal flooding to continue through today into tonight and also into tomorrow.
At this time, officials said, the Saugatuck River is cresting over its banks in the downtown area and water is expected to surge into all adjacent streets, including the Parker-Harding and Jesup Green parking lots. Officials have closed Wilton Road near Save the Children.
Coastal Flood Warning in Effect
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. issued a coastal flood warning for Westport and much of the Connecticut coastline today until 1 p.m.
A small part of Westport’s Main Street was flooded late Sunday night as a high tide driven by a nor’easter sent waters through several flood-prone areas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
It said the morning high tide at 10:51 a.m. could cause major flooding similar to what occurred in the Dec. 11, 1992 storm.
“Major coastal flooding is expected in western Long Island Sound with a storm surge of 4 1/2 to 5 feet,” said an advisory issued at 6:50 a.m.
Westport emergency management officials sent a National Guard rescue truck back to the Saugatuck Shores area this morning in anticipation of more coastal flooding, officials said.
Overnight Flood Warning Issued
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. early today issued a flood warning for Westport and portions of Fairfield and New Haven Counties
An advisory just before 2 a.m. said the warning was in effect until 6 a.m. for urban areas and small streams.
It said the Nor’easter continues to produce heavy rainfall over the region with 2 to as much as 8 inches of rain falling across the warning area since early Sunday morning.
It said an inch or two of rainfall is possible overnight.
Meet a Met
Former New York Mets pitcher Jerry Koosman signs a baseball for Westporter Peter Bradshaw, 11, Sunday at Legends of the Game in Westport. Koosman pitched with the Mets from 1967-80, and he had two 20-win seasons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, April 16, 2007
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - April Vacation Fun Days Program
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Kids & Families: April Vacation Day Workshop: Illuminated Manuscripts
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 206 – Special Shellfish Commission Meeting
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307- Town Plan of Conservation & Development Work Session
7:30 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – RTM Public Protection Committee
Part of Westport’s Main Street Under Water
Part of Westport’s Main Street was under water tonight as the Saugatuck River in the town’s center rose at high tide. Police closed the street to traffic as waters lapped over the curbs and at some storefronts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
More Flooding Expected Monday
High tide pushed water into Westport coastal neighborhoods and the town center tonight, and a National Guard rescue truck and Westport firefighters will remain on call until all flood waters recede, emergency management officials said.
More flooding is expected Monday morning both on the coasts and in inland areas, they said.
A storm surge pushed waters into Main Street, the Saugatuck Shores and Compo Beach areas in late evening. Westport emergency officials issued a voluntary evacuation order for the shoreline areas earlier today.
Emergency officials said in a 11 p.m. update that the tidal monitoring gauges show the worst of the flooding is over, but the storm event is far from over.
Rains Cause Widespread Flooding in Westport
Tidal Waters Rise Along Coast
While tidal floods are riding along the coast and are covering some shoreline roads, Route 1 in downtown Westport has been reopened.
Westport emergency officials have been preparing today for a storm surge that would push the high tide to four to five feet higher than normal and issued a voluntary evacuation of areas along the coast and the Saugatuck River, including Compo Beach and Saugatuck Shores.
Emergency officials said in an update just before 10 p.m. that roads in the Compo Beach and Saugatuck Shores are under water and are impassible.
They said residents who decided to stay in their homes in these areas should stay in their homes and prepare for rising flood waters and should not go into any flooded areas.
Surveying the Senior Center
Susan Pfister, Westport Center for Senior Activities director, surveys the empty room at the center this evening. The center opened at 4:30 p.m. to serve as an emergency shelter for those who evacuate from the coastal areas due to the expected flooding later tonight. Early reports from the center, however, were that no one had shown up to use the shelter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
National Guard Assists Westport Firefighters
Two members of the Connecticut National Guard, Sgt. 1st Class Troy Walker (l) of New Haven and Staff Sgt. Jameson Cyr of Essex, Conn., (c) chat with Westport Firefighter Earl Hill at fire headquarters today before heading out to Westport’s coastal areas in case residents had to be evacuated. Walker, who was on weekend reserve duty, and Cyr, a full-time enlisted man, are with the 192nd Chemical Battalion based in New Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Checking Out the Flood
Charlie, Lilah and Teddy Gorman of Anchor Lane peer down Dead Man’s Brook. The brook flooded the front of a property along Anchor Lane due to today’s heavy rains. Over four inches of rain has already fallen today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Post Road East Closed by Flood Waters
Westport police closed off Post Road East at Imperial Avenue and Myrtle Avenue tonight because of flooding. Traffic was detoured around the waters in front of the Westport Post Office. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Voluntary Evacuation Ordered for Coastal Areas
Police were blocking several roads through Westport that were already flooded from today’s heavy rains, including Myrle Avenue. Officials are expecting significant coastal flooding tonight and issued a voluntary evacuation order. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
Westport emergency officials have issued a voluntary evacuation order for all of Saugatuck Shores, the Compo Beach area, Old Mill Beach, and properties adjacent to low lying areas of the Saugatuck River south of Canal Street.
The sirens went off at 5 p.m. Officials opened the Westport Center for Senior Activities at 21 Imperial Ave. at 4:30 p.m. as an emergency shelter for those who evacuate their home and need a place to stay.
The storm surge will make the high tide—which is due around 10 p.m.—4 to 5 feet above normal, and officials say roads will be impassible and electrical power may fail in flood areas. Officials have compared the expected flood to the one in December 1992.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said the storm and its flooding is coming in two phases.Page 1318 of 1699 pages
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