Officials monitor flooding along Connecticut River

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – There’s nothing abnormal about the recent flooding along the banks of the Connecticut River but officials say they are monitoring the situation as water levels rose Wednesday to a foot above the flood stage.

“Our pumps are ready if something should happen but right now it’s nothing extreme,” said Middletown fire chief Robert Kronenberger. “It really should be nothing out of the ordinary for us.”

Still, the flooding from recent heavy rain and snowmelt has closed some roads and limited travel on several others. It’s also caused basement flooding in towns like Cromwell.

“A lot of the basements are flooded in that area every year,” said Cromwell resident Elaine Payne. “All the time, right up against the river.”

And that’s something that could prove costly, says Keith Murphy.

“We own a real estate company in Cromwell and it also affects the value of the property down here because the water constantly goes over and you need flood insurance,” Murphy said.

Noelle Gardner and Josh Scheinblum reporting

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