Rain leaves flooded homes, roads in Norwich

Onlookers, from left, Jessica Owen, Elizabeth Owen and Bobby Echevarria watch Sunday as floodwaters pour over the Upper Falls dam on the Yantic River in Norwich. Heavy overnight rains swelled the Yantic to near flood stage by early Sunday morning.
Onlookers, from left, Jessica Owen, Elizabeth Owen and Bobby Echevarria watch Sunday as floodwaters pour over the Upper Falls dam on the Yantic River in Norwich. Heavy overnight rains swelled the Yantic to near flood stage by early Sunday morning. Sean D. Elliot/The Day Buy Photo

Norwich - Four people were forced out of a flooded apartment building, and a portion of Corning Road was washed out during Sunday morning's heavy rain, Emergency Management Director Gene Arters said.

Several city streets were flooded, along with "dozens and dozens" of basements, Arters said.

Four residents of an apartment house on Hiilcrest Road spent much of the morning at the city's emergency shelter at the Kelly Middle School. Arters said power had to be shut off at the house. The shelter closed at noon, and the residents planned to go to a hotel.

Mohegan Park Road at the Mohegan Village Apartments also was flooded, along with a section of Route 12/North Main Street.

The flood-prone Yantic River spilled over its banks in places and flooded Fireman's Field behind the Yantic Fire Engine Company station.

At the Sherman Street bridge, Norwich Public Works and Public Utilities crews brought in a backhoe to remove two large trees that fell at the Yantic River edge. Arters said the tree removal was a precaution to prevent the trees from becoming wedged under the bridge, where natural gas and sewer lines are located.

- Claire Bessette

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