Rain on the way could create a recipe for flooding

Street flooding underneath a Shoreline East overpass on South Montowese Street in Branford. (WTNH - Report-It - James Campbell)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– When you combine the frozen ground with melting snow and then add rain in the forecast, it could be the perfect recipe for flooding.

“I worry about it very much,,” said New Haven’s Mary Anne Ardizzone. “In the back, we have a walk-in basement. So, we make sure the snow is far away from it.”

Ardizzone as the right idea. To keep water from finding your basement, you should shovel it away at least 3 to 5 feet from your home. Also, make sure to clean around down spouts.

New Haven public works crews are still removing what fell last week.

“It’s now busy. We’re working 16 hours straight,” said New Haven Public Works Wilfredo Perez.

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They also plan to remove snow from flood prone areas like Morris Cove and Long Wharf. Water covered Brewery Street in April.

Down at the East Haven Goody’s, they’ve got sump pumps stocked up for folks.

“Probably later on today, people are going to be coming in buying 3 or 4 at a time because they’ve been through this before,” said the owner of East Haven’s Goody’s Hardware David Katz.

Ardizzone said, “I haven’t needed one (a sump pump) yet and I just pray all the time that I don’t need one eventually.”

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