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River Overflows [Video]

After heavy rain, there was flooding in areas along the Wepawaug River, including behind City Hall.

Ever see a river swell?

Well, the Wepawaug River was doing just that Monday behind City Hall after the heavy rainfall.

Among those taking in the spectacle were Harrison Wenig, 9, and his sister, Lilly Wenig, 6, who are visiting their grandparents, Bob and Janet Meyer of the Bayview Beach section of town.

While Harrison joked about wanting to put on his bathing suit and sit on a bench that was submerged in the overflow, his grandmother warned of the dangers of running water.

"Running water, you have to have great respect for it," she said.

Her grandson backtracked a little.

"It's cool just to see," he said.

The storm was definitely not cool to some other people.

Eights houses on Dale Drive, off West River Street, near City Hall, had up to a foot of water in their basements, according to Fire Department spokesman Christopher Zak.

In the dark last night, a state trooper drove his cruiser into water that went as high as the windshield as he got off I-95 at Exit 39, near the Post Road, Zak said.

And a power line went down on Meadowside Road, affecting a handful of homeowners, according to Zak.

The Milford Senior Center and the Connecticut Post Mall also reportedly experienced flooding.

It was not nearly as bad as the infamous 1982 storm that made the Wepawaug swell so much that it raced into downtown, leaving water damage on stores and in the library.

Still, the Fire Department responded to 50 calls in three hours during last night, 80 percent of which were related to the storm, Zak said. Besides medical calls, firefighters responded to reports of houses flooding, cars stuck in water, and fire alarms sounding, according to Zak.

There was hope on the horizon, according to Zak.

"The water is definitely receding now," he said.

But look out! The National Weather Service predicts more rainfall!

It's not expected to break -- totally -- until Wednesday.

A flash flood warning remains in effect. See the Milford forecast by clicking here.

Lorrie August 16, 2011 at 01:40 PM
Wow! My boyfriend and I were just there eating lunch on a bench the other day!! This is amazing!!
CT. PROPERTY APPRAISERS August 16, 2011 at 03:04 PM
VERY REMINISCENT OF THE 100 YEAR FLOOD WE HAD SEVERAL YEARS AGO WHEN CITY HALL WAS FLOODED AND ALL THE TAX BILLS WOUND UP PLASTERED AGAINST THE FENCE IN FRONT OF ST.PETERS CHURCH.

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