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LIVE BLOG: Lamont declares state of emergency in response to Ida flooding

The remnants of Ida have dumped between 3-5 inches of rain across the state with some localized heavier amounts

CONNECTICUT, USA — The remnants of Hurricane Ida marched across the state overnight, leaving in its wake several inches of rain and flood warnings. 

A flash flood warning is in effect for Hartford, Tolland, and Windam counties until 3:15 p.m. 

The rain will continue to taper off as the morning continues. By 6 a.m., Connecticut may be done with most of the rain, and may even see sunshine! 

Many reports indicate 3-5 inches of rain were dumped on the state with some localized higher numbers trickling in. 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS

TRAFFIC MAP FROM THE FOX61 CT DOT TRAFFIC CENTER

CT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TRAVEL ALERTS 

Current outages:

Eversource: 12,738       

United Illuminating: 892

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UPDATES:

12:55 p.m.

Gov. Ned Lamont declared a state of emergency in response to the widespread flood damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

“The filing of this declaration will help provide state and local emergency management officials with the necessary tools to aid the impacted areas in safely recovering from this record-breaking rainfall that we received overnight,” Lamont said in a statement.

11:00 a.m. 

Amtrak has canceled service from Washington D.C. to Boston due to flooding across the tri-state area and New England. 

10:30 a.m. 

State police said a veteran sergeant with Troop L-Litchfield was found after he was swept away in floodwaters in Woodbury this morning. He's been taken to Yale New Haven Hospital. Read more details here.

9:45 a.m. 

The following roads are closed in Berlin due to flooding:

  • Farmington Ave./ Main St. ( underpass)
  • Lower Ln. between Farmington Ave and Patterson Way
  • Middletown Rd/ between Mill St and Berlin Turnpike
  • Farmington Ave/ Mill St ( in front of Citgo Gas)
  • Burnham St between Farmington and Briar Patch
  • Beckley Mills Road
  • Edgewood Road between Park and Orchard

9:30 a.m. 

Search continues for missing person in Woodbury floodwaters. 

9:00 a.m. 

Route 9 south exit 19 closed due to road collapse according to Cromwell Fire Department.

8:15 a.m. 

Images show a flooded Farmington Avenue under the railroad bridge in Berlin.

Credit: FOX61

8:00 a.m.

Eversource advises natural gas customers to be aware of potential hazards from flooding. If you smell gas, leave immediately, dial 911 from a safe place, and then call Eversource at 877-944-5325. 

7:30 a.m. 

A flash flood warning is in effect for Hartford, Tolland, and Windham counties until 3:15 p.m. according to the National Weather Service. 

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UConn's Stamford campus will be closed Thursday due to travel difficulties in the area. All online classes will be held as scheduled and employees telecommuting due to COVID-19 will be working as normal. 

All other UConn campuses are following their normal schedules for classes and work. UConn hasn’t experienced any significant flooding or water damage issues at any of its locations, the university day.

7:20 a.m. 

"Mother nature has not been kind to Manchester." | Manchester Mayor Jay Moran speaks with FOX61's Kieth McGilvery about the clean-up effort underway in Manchester after Tropical Storm Henri last week, and Ida, caused localized flooding. 

7:15 a.m.

State Police said a person was reported missing following flooding last night from Ida in Woodbury. Troopers and Woodbury police are searching the area. 

This is a developing story. Follow the latest updates here.

6:55 a.m. 

I-95 south back open in New York by Connecticut border. Delays still heavy into Stamford. 

6:40 a.m.

FOX61's Angelo Bavaro reports 28 people had to be evacuated early this morning along Route 6 and Mix Street in Bristol after the banks of the Copper Mine Brook and Pequabuck River overflowed.

6:35 a.m. 

CT DOT says due to weather issues, train service is suspended on New Haven, New Canaan, Danbury, and Hartford lines. Shore Line East service is also suspended.

6:30 a.m. 

Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu urges residents to be patient and not drive through floodwaters as the city cleans up following Ida.

6:00 a.m.

Several deaths reported in New York City area and New Jersey as Hurricane Ida's remnants batter Northeast. A 2-year-old boy is among those reported dead. 

5:45 a.m. 

Roads across the state are closed due to flooding issues. See a full list of road closures here.

5:30 a.m. 

Rainfall map shows estimated totals that fell from Ida overnight, leading to flood warnings. 

I-95 southbound in Rye, New York closes due to flooding, causing backups into Greenwich.

5:15 a.m.

Several school districts are beginning to report storm closings/delays.

5:05 a.m.

Flooding remains a concern in Norwich as rain departs state. The Yantic River has risen due to the rainfall. 

5:00 a.m.

The New Haven Department of Public Works superintendent said crews are working to open the streets up before the morning commute begins. 

Redding and Easton public schools will be opening two hours late while Greenwich Public Schools are closed today.

4:45 a.m.

Lebanon Public Schools will open two hours late with no AM pre-k. 

4:30 a.m.

Cars stuck in floodwaters in Meriden following heavy rainfall overnight. 

4:25 a.m. 

The Yantic River near Norwich is undergoing a rapid rise with a 6 foot rise in about six hours leading to flash flooding. 

4:20 a.m.

Rushing floodwaters reported in Manchester 

3:45 a.m. 

Social media images show heavy flooding in Meriden on Cook Avenue. 

Credit: @DetCTchris

3:30 a.m. 

Flooding reported on I-91 south in Enfield. 

3:10 a.m.

Due to severe weather conditions, Amtrak Northeast announced lengthy delays between Philadelphia and New Haven. 

3:00 a.m.

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Hartford, Tolland, Windham, Middlesex and New London counties until 8 a.m.

A Flood Warning is in effect for Litchfield, New Haven, and Fairfield counties until 7 a.m.

1:49 a.m. 

Power outages for both Eversource and United Illuminating are over 16-thousand customers each; well over 32,000 customers are without power across the state.

Street flooding is occurring statewide, with some drastic and dangerous instances in Fairfield and New Haven counties. Meriden Police report extensive flooding in the downtown area, and there are road closures in towns from Windsor Locks to West Haven. 

11:20 p.m.

11:15 p.m.

TRAFFIC ALERT:

GREENWICH - I-95 Southbound CLOSED between Exits 6 and 5 because of Crash (Motor Vehicle).

WATERBURY - Crash (2 Vehicle) on RT8 Southbound between Exits 30 and 29. The right lane is closed.

10:50 p.m.

Greenwich Police reports the department is unable to accept any 911 calls at this time.

Officers can be reached at 203-622-8001.

10:20 p.m.

Manchester neighborhood hoping Ida is less destructive than Henri

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The National Weather Service out of New York reports a Flash Flood Emergency is in effect for parts of Connecticut including Bridgeport, New Haven and Stamford.

It is in effect until Thursday at 12:30 a.m.

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Metro North says Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Line service out of GCT is suspended. Customers are advised not to travel if possible.  As more information becomes available we will notify you as soon as possible.

10:15 p.m.

Norwich community concerned Ida will cause Yantic River to flood 

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TRAFFIC ALERT:

VERNON - Route 83/30 CLOSED between West Road and the Manchester town line because of water over the road.

GREENWICH - Crash (Jackknifed) on I-95 Southbound between Exits 3 and 2. The left and center lanes are closed.

10:07 p.m.

New Jersey Mayor Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency in response to Tropical Storm Ida. Murphy said it takes effect immediately.

"Stay off the roads, stay home, and stay safe," he wrote on Twitter.

9:40 p.m.

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect Thursday at 5:30 a.m. for Worcester, Tolland and Windham counties.

9:30 p.m.

9:10 p.m.

TRAFFIC ALERT:

E. HARTFORD - Crash (2 Vehicle) on RT2 Eastbound between Exits 2 and 5. The left lane is closed. 

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FOX61's Rachel Piscitelli reports a Tornado Warning is in effect just to the south of Connecticut (not in state). 

A rotation detected on the radar in the area of Yankee Stadium.

8:20 p.m.

FOX61's Gaby Molina seeing heavy rainfall and water on the highway in Manchester.

Residents in the area are bracing themselves after Henri hit them hard almost two weeks ago, even crumbling a portion of Ambassador Drive.

RELATED: Manchester residents brace themselves for more heavy rain Thursday

8 p.m.

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 2 a.m. for Hartford and Tolland counties.

7:50 p.m.

A handful of arriving and departing flights at Bradley International Airport have been delayed.

One American Airlines flight from Philadelphia that was scheduled to land at 10:14 p.m. was cancelled.

Check BDL flight statuses here. 

7:15 p.m.

TRAFFIC ALERT:

PLAINVILLE - Crash (1 Vehicle) on I-84 Westbound between Exits 33 and 32. The left lane is closed.
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A Flash Flood Warning is in effect 10 p.m.

Counties included are: New York (Manhattan), Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Fairfield, Rockland, Putnam, Bronx, Kings, Queens

FOX61 Chief Meteorologist Rachel Frank says flooding is occurring and can happen any moment. Rivers/streams could rise rapidly. 

6:20 p.m.

Tornado Watch issued for parts of the state until Thursday at 1 a.m.

The counties included are: Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London.

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TRAFFIC ALERT:

SIMSBURY - Bushy Hill Road CLOSED between West Street and Stratton Forest Way because of Crash (1 Vehicle vs Pole).

6:05 p.m.

Flood Warning issued for Litchfield county

6:00p.m.

WINDSOR - Crash (1 Vehicle) on I-91 Southbound between Exits 40 and 38A. The left lane is closed.

5:40 p.m.

EAST WINDSOR - Route 191 (Phelps Road) CLOSED at Route 5 (South Main Street) because of a tree down in wires.

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Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin discusses precautionary efforts in the capital city, urges residents to stay off the roads and move their cars ahead of Ida's significant impact.

The following parking lots are open and available:

Blue Light Lots Available:

  •  2434 Main St
  • Corner of Sigourney St and Homestead Ave
  • 45 Evergreen Ave
  • 60 Chadwick St

Hartford Parking Authority Lot Available:

  • Sheldon St

5 p.m.

Connecticut State Police discuss road conditions and tips for drivers as the state is impacted by Ida.

4:45 p.m.

How Connecticut's shoreline is preparing for the storm

4:35 p.m.

TRAFFIC ALERTS:

NEW BRITAIN - Tractor Trailer crash on I-84 Eastbound between Exits 35 and 36. The right lane is closed.

EAST WINDSOR - Route 191 (Phelps Road) CLOSED at Route 5 (South Main Street) because of a tree down in wires.

HARTFORD - 3-vehicle crash on I-91 Southbound between Exits 33 and 32. The right lane is closed.

MANCHESTER - Crash on I-84 Westbound between Exits 64 and 63. The 2 right lanes are closed.

4:30 p.m.

This week's flooding risk exacerbated by recent rainfall.

With storm after storm dropping copious amounts of rain recently, any semblance of drought is long gone in Connecticut. 

Only a few months ago, conditions were so dry that the state nearly fell back into a moderate drought across the state, but that is far from the case now.

It seems like Connecticut has been seeing soaking rainstorms just about every single week. On the shoreline, Bridgeport has picked up 12.31” of rainfall since June 1. Southern Connecticut has seen its fair share of rain as well with the numbers really picking up in northern portions of the state.

Meteorologist Dan Amarante breaks down the numbers. Read more

4:15 p.m.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Gottier Road by Tolland Stage Road (Route 74) closed due to water over the road.

Drivers are asked to seek an alternative route.

RELATED: Tips on preparing for flooding from Ida

3:00 p.m.

Major flooding is currently forecast on the Yantic River in Yantic, while moderate flooding is forecast on the Farmington River in Simsbury.

RELATED: Yes, Hurricane Ida temporarily reversed the flow of part of the Mississippi River

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