GRISWOLD — For the first time in one hundred years, the Pachaug River in Griswold has left its banks and taken to the roads in Griswold. The Yantic River in Norwich and several streams in Stonington likewise overflowed, overwhelming bridges and washing out major roads. Eight inches of rain in the region forced evacuations, filled basements, and even crested the Lake Konomoc reservoir in Waterford.
Pastors of Connecticut’s United Church of Christ churches began to report their situation in response to a query from the Conference’s Disaster Response Team today. First Congregational Church of Griswold UCC’s pastor the Rev. Lou Harper photographed the waters covering the road below his church: waters that lapped three sides of their neighbor, New Life Assembles of God Church.
“The [Fire Department] First Station across the street from our church is a disaster center,” Harper wrote. “We are providing aid to mothers and babies and we have a shower at church that they are putting to use. We expect to be in this situation for 24 to 48 more hours as the river keeps rising.”
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