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A storm on March 30 brought what many longtime residents said was the worst flooding towns such as Stonington, North Stonington and Westerly had seen since the Hurricane of 1938.
Up to 8 inches of rain fell on already soaked ground in just a few hours, inundating many areas, including places residents had never seen flooding before.
Westerly was hit particularly hard, with many homes and buildings badly damaged and an entire neighborhood cut off for days.
The flood washed out small bridges and roads, including a section of Route 184 in Old Mystic that didn't reopen until November. A small stream in Old Mystic developed into a raging river that tore through the center of the village. The Pawcatuck River and White Rock Road bridges were closed for weeks until divers could determine that they were structurally sound. In North Stonington, the Watermark Cafe had to be torn down.
- Joe Wojtas