Flooding around the state

flooded road

WTNH– Flooding is something a lot of people around the state deal with all too often.

With under three months to hurricane season, and springtime flooding right around the corner, even though the tropics have not heated up, your wallets will continue to feel the effects of the storms of the past.

Backtracking over the last 80 years we have seen historic flooding in our state but the benchmark storms have been the hurricane of 1938, and more recently, Tropical Storm Irene.

When Irene made landfall in New York, it was just a tropical storm, but the wind direction in conjunction with the moon phase caused tremendous damage along the shoreline. Twenty homes were completely destroyed in East Haven alone!

Fema looked at Irene and Hurricane Sandy, two of the most devastating storms in Connecticut’s history and made the decision to raise the “flood prone” zones.

walking through flood

Storms like Irene and Sandy are a once in a lifetime storm, but when two happen in just a few years, it became necessary realize that the benchmark for flooding needs to be much higher. Irene was a fast mover in Connecticut, and didn’t give us significant flooding due to its lack of rainfall, so was Hurricane Gloria in 1985. Had these storms moved slower, both inland and coastal flooding would have been exponentially more catastrophic.

For morning information on the upcoming hurricane season, or details about springtime flooding, log on to wxedge.com.

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