Rain causing major flooding problems in Norwich

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH)–In Norwich, the water may have receded, but the problems remain.

Mud has been left behind, and one house was evacuated because when water rushed in, the electrical panel got wet so the power had to be shut off.

Rising waters also forced out families in the basement units at Mohegan Park apartments. On Monday, workers ripped up carpets and flooring trying to dry out the lower levels.

“I know one of my neighbors was wearing rain boots in her house,” said Norwich resident  Vicky Papineau. 

Behind that apartment complex water is still getting pumped out of flooded homes and yards. One man said that water was up to his neck and that he had to carry his children out of his house on his shoulders.

There has been 24 hours of continuous pumping, and there is still a lot more to go. A few inches of rain meant a wet basement, but with this much water, other issues arise.

“Every time we get a larger storm like this we end up with water in the house living room kitchen,” one resident said. “It’s terrible.”

A man who didn’t want to be identified said he wants the city to clean out drains, or add more so when the water pours into his neighborhood it has somewhere else to go. This nearby swollen river shows the volume which can sometimes be hard to control.

“We’ve been asking,  calling for it since 2010,” one resident said. “[This happened] in 2010, and we were out of the house for over a month. It was just terrible. This time wasn’t as bad but it will happen again.”

Of course, the rain and freezing rain has continued throughout Monday, which isn’t really helping much. Still, the good news is the Yantic River is back in its banks, so any major flooding seems to be over.

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