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Heavy Rain Prompts Flood Watches

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MONROE – Heavy rains are expected Thursday, prompting flood watches across the state. And in many communities along the Houstanic River, more rain will mean more flooding.

The National Weather Service issued a river flood warning for parts of Fairfield and New Haven Counties until further notice. The Housatonic River is expected to rise more than a foot above flood stage levels.

Near the Shelton neighborhood known as “The Maples,” police officers practiced their diving skills and checked equipment to prepare for possible river rescues.

Maples resident Rich Machnicz spent much of Wednesday watching the water. Just before noon he noted, “In the last hour it went up six inches.”

Neighbor Pat Kotenski said, “Everybody is getting ready, they are moving their vehicles out, I’m going to have my car towed out of here.”

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