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    Storm causes closed roads, power outages

    January 17, 2022 - Taylor Hartz, The Day, New London, Conn.


      Jan. 17—An overnight storm brought heavy rain across the region, causing downed power lines that closed roads and left many Eversource customers without power Monday morning — including more than 1,000 people in Ledyard.

      More than 6,000 Connecticut customers were experiencing power outages Monday morning, according to Eversource. The utility company was reporting 1,038 outages in Ledyard, 593 in Stonington, 21 in New London and 35 in East Lyme as of about 8:30 a.m.

      A winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service was in place until 10 a.m. to warn of wind gusts up to 45 mph and icy conditions.

      Mathewson Mill Road was closed in Ledyard near the Preston line while downed wires lay across the roadway, according to the Ledyard Police Department. The traffic signal at Colonel Ledyard Highway and Center Groton Road was also out as the town experienced major power outages. The police department encouraged drivers to use caution during their morning commute.

      In North Stonington, downed power lines near the intersection of Route 184 and Boombridge Road caused some road closures, crews were on the scene as of 8:30 a.m. working to clear the road, according to Connecticut State Police Troop E Montville.

      East Lyme Police Chief Mike Finkelstein said Atlantic Avenue was closed between Bayview Road and Columbus Avenue as of 9:30 a.m. Most of the flooding began about two hours prior to high tide. "Hopefully now that we've hit high tide it will start to recede," he said.

      There were no rescue situations, according to the chief. But he said police had to assist several females to get out of houses up against Niantic Bay on Atlantic Avenue.

      The only other road closure at the time was the Bishop's Bay dead end in Saunders Point. He cited significant flooding in the parking lot of Cini Park as well.

      Over on North Bride Brook Road, the wind blew down a utility pole that morning. He said Eversource crews were on scene.

      Groton Town Police said River Road north of Bindloss Road in Mystic and Poquonnock Road/Route 1 in the area of South Road in downtown Groton are flooded and impassable. Police said a little after 9 a.m. that it's high tide and the areas will remain flooded until the water recedes.

      City of Groton Police said Shore Avenue is impassable, and the gates to Eastern Point Beach are locked because the parking lot is under water.

      This is a developing story.

      Day staff writers Kimberly Drelich and Elizabeth Regan contributed to this report.


      (c)2022 The Day (New London, Conn.)

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