Conn. drought conditions become visible


MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The string of hot, sunny days we’ve had all summer is starting to yield consequences, some more visible than others. A once picturesque waterfall at the Milford duck pond, is now just algae-covered stone. Water levels are just too low for a water cascade and natives enjoying Labor Day, have noticed the changes.

“It would be nice to have the waterfall,” said Isabella Teixeira, of Milford. “But hopefully it will rain soon and come back.”

It’s a scene being played out all over the state. A waterfall in Derby, has been reduced to a slow trickle from the lack of rain. And water levels along the mighty Housatonic River are down by several feet, judging by the high water marks left under a bridge in Shelton. Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Sam Kantrow said we’re about six inches short of what’s normal rainfall for this time of year.

“In the scheme of things, we’re lacking 15 percent or greater of the rainfall that we should’ve gotten this year,” Kantrow said.

Most of the shoreline is under moderate drought conditions and most of inland Connecticut is not far behind, labeled abnormally dry.

“On average in Connecticut, we get one rainy day out of every three,” Kantrow said. “That’s on average over the last 30 years or so. But this summer it hasn’t been the case.”

The hot, dry weather is taking a toll on lawns also. What was once lush and green, is now brown and dry and feels like straw under your feet.

“Very brown. I’ve watered it on occasion, but not very much,” said Susan of Darien. “I just figure once it starts raining in September, it’ll all come back.”

The forecast does call for rain later this week. But not nearly enough to make up and break the deficit.

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