New London County prepares for Joaquin

(WTNH/Tina Detelj)

NEW LONDON AND NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) Heavy rains again caused flash floods Wednesday morning.

New London knows where the trouble spots are on Bank and Broad Streets and it knows how to handle them.

“Throughout the city we cleaned all the catch basins,” says Brian Sear the city’s interim public works director.

Much of the same equipment used to remove the water covering the roadways will be used if Joaquin hits this weekend.

While some flooding may be unavoidable – New London’s pumping station will work to push the water out and city trucks will block flooded roads and detour traffic.

“What concerns me in all of this is the speed,” says Sear. “If we can get people to do alternate routes or at least slow way down.”

The city is also providing sand bags for anyone who needs them. They’re at all the fire departments in New London.

One person in Norwich who is extremely concerned about an upcoming storm is Mark Massey who owns the Domino’s restaurant.

The last time there was a major flooding in that city he had to close for ten days and replace all the walls because the water just poured right in.

“We had 36 inches in the store last time.” says Massey.

That was in March 2010. Massey says the water first came up from the drain in the parking lot and then from the Yantic River behind his shop.

“So I ended up buying gas pumps that I can put on cinder blocks outside,” says Massey. “So that’s my plan I’m hoping I never have to use them.”

“This device is an automated sandbagging unit,” explains Gene Arters the director of emergency management in Norwich. “It’s capable of filling two thousand bags per hour.”

Norwich already has 3,000 sand bags filled for residents with more sand is on the way Thursday.

It also has this mass care support trailer which will provide specialized wheelchairs and cots if an emergency shelter has to be opened.

“This is all increased readiness phase for the approaching storm,” says Artes who is concerned. “Very concerned.”

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