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UPDATE: Furious Rainstorm Rips Through Naugatuck [VIDEO]

Roads collapse. Retaining walls give way. Apartments evacuated.


Update at 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 1:

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-3) released the following statement tonight in response to today's storm and its impact:

“I spoke with Governor Malloy and Mayor Mezzo tonight about the flooding today in Naugatuck. The flooding caused by today’s rainfall has caused a still-unknown amount of property damage, but we can all be thankful that the worst appears to be over and the situation has stabilized. My staff will be evaluating the damage in the morning and my office stands ready to assist the Governor, Mayor and individuals and families impacted. My office can be reached at 203-562-3718.”

Updated at 5:51 p.m. on Aug. 1:

Mayor Robert A. Mezzo has declared a state of emergency in Naugatuck and Gov. Dannel Malloy will be in the Borough at 6:30 tonight to assess the flood damage.

The original story follows:

A fast-moving rainstorm ripped through Naugatuck Wednesday afternoon, causing roads to collapse and emergency crews to evacuate two apartment buildings after widespread flooding and water damage. 

Naugatuck officials were in the process of setting up an emergency operations center after the rain had stopped, and were seeking the assistance of state officials to help them clean up after the storm blew through Naugatuck with a fury.

Residents reported water up to their waistlines on Bridge Street, while a torrent of water rushed off of High Street into the parking lot behind the Mobil Gas Station on South Main Street. Police closed off several roads due to flooding and firefighters from Naugatuck, Beacon Falls and Bethany helped pump out several basements, including those at apartment complexes on Prospect Street and Trowbridge Lane, which were evacuated.

Reports were also received of manhole covers blowing off due to too much rain. No injuries were reported as of 5 p.m., officials said.

The rain started pouring down around 2 p.m. and some meterologists, including Ryan Hanrahan of NBC Connecticut, said reports show the Borough took on some four inches of rain in less than two hours.

“That will cause significant flash flooding,” he warned on the Naugatuck Patch Facebook page.

And it did.

People were flooded on Millville Avenue, Cherry Street, Hoadley Street, May Street, Prospect Street and several other areas of Naugatuck. Some of the storm’s most impressive power was on display on Rubber Avenue, where a retaining wall across from the recycling center and behind the Cosmetology Center collapsed, causing a rush of water to carry dirt and rocks onto the busy street. An old truck was seen hanging over an edge near the retaining wall and the parking lot at the was in hundreds of pieces after giving way to the rain. 

Other bordering towns reported that they received little to no rain and it appeared as if Naugatuck was hit harder than most towns in the state.

Resident Carissa Lemere, who was being evacuated from her apartment building on Prospect Street, said this is nothing new to her.

“We went through this during Hurricane Irene,” she said. “What can you do?”

Anyone who needs assistance is asked to call the at 203-729-5222.

Paul Singley August 01, 2012 at 09:35 PM
We are in the process of uploading more photos and video. Please feel free to upload your own photos/videos here, too. Thanks.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Wow Paul, this is intense!
Peg Sheehy August 01, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Wow! I cant believe it looks like the water just came off hills and ran down into valley
Watts August 01, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Please try to have contributors provide location details. I noticed that here and on other sites, there are loads of photos or videos without any context to know where they are from. Patch already has better details than sites like WTNH, but it helps a lot to know specifics about where certain damage has occurred.
Dawn M. Applegate August 01, 2012 at 10:39 PM
water was half way up my car doors on elm street trying to get to my house across from linewebber.
Gary Jeanfaivre (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-3) just issued the following statement in response to today's storm and its impact: “I spoke with Governor Malloy and Mayor Mezzo tonight about the flooding today in Naugatuck. The flooding caused by today’s rainfall has caused a still-unknown amount of property damage, but we can all be thankful that the worst appears to be over and the situation has stabilized. My staff will be evaluating the damage in the morning and my office stands ready to assist the Governor, Mayor and individuals and families impacted. My office can be reached at 203-562-3718.”
Bob Clark August 02, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Paul- no photos from the golf course, but the 8th green and approach to 7 green was flooded. Bob
blah blah blah August 02, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Fast moving storm? It was sitting over Naugatuck for 2+ hours not moving.
Paul Singley August 02, 2012 at 03:10 AM
From Mayor Mezzo's blog: As of approximately 8:00 PM, the following roads are compromised in the Borough: * Scott Street at Andrew Avenue is closed. * Arch Street by the former Risdon property is closed. * Brook Street is partially closed. * Barricades along Nettleton Avenue and Moore Avenue are restricting access to certain portions of the road. Limited travel exists in this location. * Barricades along Wooster Street near Fairview Lane are restricting access to certain portions of the road. Limited travel exists in this location. All other roads are open for travel. Traffic is flowing freely on Route 8 and all Naugatuck exits are open. We still urge motorists to exercise extreme caution while driving as debris removal efforts will continue throughout the night. Reports are now indicating that approximately six (6″) inches of rain fell on Naugatuck during the afternoon.
Scott Henry August 02, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Flash Flood - Rapid flooding of a low lying area. Let's talk about the Nettleton construction area that is ON TOP OF A HILL. We talked to a worker over there and he said a water main had been shut off so the water from surrounding streets was being routed through Nettleton. Pete and Steve's construction has a HUGE HOLE there that has not been touched in three weeks. The hole overflowed yesterday sending a huge river 2 ft deep down Lynn Street and Le Clair Court. I have thousands and thousands of damage in my finished basement that is located ON TOP OF A HILL. The town of Naugatuck and Pete and Steve's need to step up and admit fault on this and stop trying to cover it up. Flash flood? Yes, in the lower parts. In the Nettleton area? Absolutely not. A huge mistake by the town and the construction company. There are ten trucks over there now trying to cover up their mess. Channel 8 is reporting on it. That muddy river yesterday was not from just rain. Something needs to be done!!!!
barb August 02, 2012 at 04:17 PM
mother nature
Menace August 02, 2012 at 04:38 PM
NOT a good spot to park the brand new police car !!! just saying
mark f August 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Perhaps, instead of worrying about what color garbage cans they are going to supply the town. The incompetent leadership could perform routine maintenance on storm drains etc. If this little rain storm caused such havoc what’s going to happen when a real crisis occurs? Just more proof of how electing and promoting incompetent imbeciles is ruining this country.
Crystal Hafford August 02, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Just posted pics from 119 Prospect St., and the evacuated apartment complex on Prospect St. This is not a good situation. Our property is destroyed. After a year's worth of work recovering from Hurricane Irene's damages, we're back to square one!
ConcernedCitizen August 02, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Channel 8 was setting up at the Naugatuck Police Dept. about a half hour ago! Wonder why?
brutus August 02, 2012 at 06:43 PM
not commenting on the major point of your post, since I generally agree, but come on. a "little rain storm"? 6 inches of rain in under two hours is not little. that would be the equivalent of 3 feet of snow in under two hours. and by the way, I'm still waiting for my gray garbage can!!
Scott Henry August 02, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Anyone have any idea who hired Pete and Steves to do the construction on Nettleton? I need to know who I will be suing other than Pete and Steve. I am assuming the town?
Pamela hurlburtfranknpat1 August 02, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I live on trowbridge pl. and when I opened my basement door I could see chairs floating. Scott please post your lawyers name. This is crazy I've lived here over 32 yrs and nothing like this ever happend.
Scott Henry August 02, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Pamela please email me.... Srhenry@gmail.com
sally perzanowski August 02, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I am the owner of the ford truck if you would like photos feel free to contact me and I'll send them to you sallyperzanowski@yahoo.com
Naugatalk August 04, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Seems like Good Ole Naugatuck is on its own now. The Gov. along with Rosa De Lauro came to assess the damage and it seems that theres not enough Damage to allow the Government to give some monatery help to the Town. Just remember citizens of Naugatuck and Voters who was running the state when this all happened! All of them Democrats from the Governor , legislator , and Rosa De Lauro.. down to local politicians. As our President Obama said " Time for change" remember that at the next Election! Those who sit on their butts and stay home and don't vote better not complain when this type of situation develops. I hope the younger generations will get motivated and use the power of the vote! It's your right , duty and privilege so use it!

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