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Monday Rain Causes Flooding, Traffic Problems

March 7, 2011 by Josh Morgan

Weekend rain pummeled the state and caused rivers in the area to overflow its banks, resulting in some serious flooding Monday morning.
The Quinnipiac River and Mill River both overflowed into roads and snarled traffic, creating problems for the commute. According to Director of Public Works Joseph Michelangelo, Marion Road in Cheshire was reduced to one lane as water flooded half the street. It was a similar scenario on Cheshire Street near East Ridge Court, where water covered one of the travel lanes.
Outside of Cheshire, Route 322 in Southington was flooded, causing problems for motorists who tried to turn down Birch Drive to get into Cheshire. However, the road has no outlet meaning drivers were forced to turnaround. Also, coming into Cheshire from the South was a problem as Whitney Avenue near Quinnipiac University was completely shut down due to flooding.
The good news, according to Michelangelo, is that the rain is tapered off into a drizzle during the morning hours and river levels were expected to begin to settle.

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