Heavy downpours cause damage and outages


NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Once again Luis Torres finds himself shin deep in water inside his Broad Street store.

“The water came up on almost half a feet as you can see,” says Torres as he points to water soaked shelves. “Last year was worse.”

Twice in one year and it’s getting frustrating.

“The water was coming from the back all the way this way,” explains Torres.

He and his wife own The Liquor Closet. On Monday morning heavy downpours caused flash flooding on Broad Street right in front of their New London store. One car overcome by water had to be towed away.

Torres says this time the damage is a lot less than last September when he had two feet of water in the store.

Back then the water flooded out the motor in one of his coolers and he had to replace the whole unit which cost him five thousand dollars. Now he’s better prepared. The new cooler sits on cement risers to try to keep it above any incoming water.

“Cleaning and cleaning as you can see the stress is the cleaning,” says Torres.

“Some people don’t even come here because of the water,” says Angelo Gomez of New London who knows Torres’s wife very well. “They go somewhere else. It’s not fair to her you know.”

The sudden downpours also kept state highway and tree crews busy. A DOT crew cleared drains in New London.

Meanwhile Katie Korpi of Mystic sent News8 a picture of a tree across the road at West Mystic Avenue and Irving Street.

Another tree knocked down wires in Lyme closing Blood Street. Paul Yu had to walk up to tree crews to get permission to drive to his nearby home.

He explains what he saw in front of his house. “Wire all over the place,” says Yu who doesn’t think he has power. “Probably not.”

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