Despite rainfall, perils of drought continue

OLD LYME--Nothing says a Monday like lousy weather. But how lousy is a lot of rain when the land needs a drink badly?

Despite the severe drought we're in, the "too much is never a good thing" theory was proved in Old Lyme Monday when heavy rainfall caused flooding on Cross Lane under the train tracks.

The excessive rain didn't alleviate the drought, and mandatory water restrictions will have to remain in effect.

According to Bruce Silverstone, with Aquarion Water Company,  “Last week we issued a ban in four communities." That came after the national drought monitor pushed the state situation from "moderate" to "severe."

Aquarion water takes care of residents all along the shoreline,  from Greenwich to Stonington. The southeast and southwest corners now have those mandatory watering bans.

“That watering ban is directed to outdoor irrigation systems which use very large amounts of water,” Silverstone explained.

The numbers are still adding up. The shoreline is facing a deficit of about 5.5 inches, but up in Hartford it's worse: 9 inches under average.