Connecticut River crests, floods local roads

Flooding on Main Street in Portland, Conn. on Friday, April 18, 2014. (Photo: Josh Scheinblum)
Flooding on Main Street in Portland, Conn. on Friday, April 18, 2014. (Photo: Josh Scheinblum)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — If you live along the Connecticut River, green grass isn’t the only sign that spring has sprung.

For folks along the river, flooding is an annual affair this time of year as the snow melts up north. And on Friday, the river crested.

“We have taken some steps as you can see with the sandbags to mitigate (any potential damage),” said Daniel Cronin, whose Canoe Club restaurant abuts the high waters.

But Cronin says he’s won’t let some extra water in the parking lot slow business down. He’s anticipating a very busy Easter weekend.

Along the waterway in Middletown, trees appear to emerge from the river’s current like a straw out of a drink.

On the other side of the river, in Portland, flooding also remains an issue. Water inundates an entire stretch of Main Street.

Dan Bransfield of the Portland Fire Department says anytime there’s flood waters, there’s also the potential for damage from swift currents.

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