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[UPDATE] Torrential Rain Socks Fairfield with Flooding

Grasmere Avenue shut down, nearly 1,000 without power, multiple reports of cars trapped on flooded streets.

Update, 5:30 p.m.

UI reports that 809 customers are still without power as of 5:19 p.m., the majority of those outages are located on or near Grasmere Avenue.

The estimated time for restoration is 6:06 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.

Update, 4 p.m.

Rain has tapered off and much of the flooding has subsided -- except for underneath overpasses, especially at North Benson Road and Round Hill Road.

Emergency crews have responded to many reports of submerged cars with occupants.

A tornado watch was issued by the National Weather Service for most of the state until 9 p.m., but Fairifeld and Litchfield Counties are not under the watch.

A flood advisory issued earlier for Fairfield, New Haven, and Middlesex counties has been extended to 5 p.m.

Update, 3 p.m.

There are multiple reports of flooding and trapped cars in Fairfield.

Emergency crews are on scene at the Round Hill Road/Post Road overpass rescuing a person trapped in a submerged car.

An unoccupied vehicle has been reported submerged at North Benson Road and Eliot Street.

Three cars were reported trapped at Chambers Street/Kings Highway East -- one possible occupant in one of the cars. A boat was dispatched to the scene.

Original Story, 2 p.m.

The portion of Grasmere Avenue between Kings Highway and Kings Highway Cutoff -- juxtaposed to the Kings Crossing Shopping Plaza -- is closed due to an initial report of downed wires.

Traffic lights along that portion of Grasmere Avenue are out. A United Illuminating crew is on scene, working on the lights.

Fairfield fire personnel reported on the scanner that wires had fallen on a car with an occupant inside, but that scene appears to have been cleared.

According to the fire department via scanner, fuses on the pole have blown, expanding the area of power outage. There are currently 994 Fairfield customers without power, according to UI.

According to its website, UI expects to restore power to the area around 5 p.m.

Robert C Keppler August 10, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Nice pics & reporting. Thanks
BobRyffel August 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Why is there graffiti on the Round Hill railroad bridge? This town is starting to look like Bridgeport.
Fairfield Resident August 11, 2012 at 07:18 PM
That's nothing. You should see the graffiti and stickers all over the walls of the stairwells and shelters at the train station downtown. That and the foot-high weeds growing out of the brick pavers on the New Haven Bound side. The whole station is disgusting and poorly maintained. I wouldn't doubt that the money collected for parking at the train station is going directly in to someones pocket rather than to the upkeep / maintainance of the facilities at the station.
Joeseph Biff August 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Also lots of rubbish along the side of the road on Kinnie Drive as you get onto I-95 south.Really makes a great impression on people visiting Fairfield for the first time.What would it take for town employees to remove this trash?

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