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[Updated 9 a.m.] Roads Flooded and Closed Throughout Town [Video]

West Hartford police are urging motorists to avoid the north end of town if possible.

UPDATED 9:00 a.m.: Although all of West Hartford's public schools are open today, principals have plans to cover classrooms in the event that staff are delayed due to flooded roads, according to Dr. Karen List, Superintendent of .

"We found out about the [seriousness of the flooding in West Hartford] after the buses were already out on their routes or we would have had a delayed opening," said List.

The power was temporarily out at , but has now been restored.

"We appreciate the patience of our community and parents. Use your judgment whether walking or driving today. Be safe and take your time," List said.

Elsewhere in West Hartford, several private schools including , , the , and have closed for the day.

Resident Dorothy Bouvier said that her son Kellen, an eighth grader at St. Tim's, was on the bus for over an hour this morning before being returned to his home when the school was closed due to a power outage.

"He saw the chaos at the corner of Mountain Road and 44. He said there were three cars that has water up the wind shield. His bus driver had to return a full load of kids back to their stops and find unique ways to navigate them home," said Bouvier.

The is also closed Thursday due to flooding. A message on UConn's website reads: "UConn’s Greater Hartford campus in West Hartford is closed all day today, Thursday, due to flooding. All classes are canceled. Students, faculty and staff at the Greater Hartford campus or anyone who needs to travel there should check email and today.uconn.edu for updates."

 

UPDATED 8:30 a.m.: West Hartford police are reporting that many roads throughout West Hartford have been closed to traffic.

Albany Ave. at Mountain Rd. was previously closed, but one lane is currently getting by, according to West Hartford police.

Renbrook School has now closed for the day.

 

Original Story:

West Hartford police are reporting that streets throughout town are flooded and cars are stranded in deep water. The area north of Fern Street is particularly affected.

This includes the area of 100 King Philip Drive, which is flooded and limiting access to King Philip Middle School.

There are no school delays or cancellations at this time for West Hartford Public Schools, however St. Timothy Middle School has a 90-minute delay.

Sally Lynch September 08, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Susan, What an incredible video! Thanks, Patch, for keeping us all informed. I was able to tell a friend that St. Tim's had a 90-minute delayed opening because of Patch!
Susan Schoenberger (Editor) September 08, 2011 at 03:58 PM
I have never seen the water in the Trout Brook that high. Pretty amazing to see. Wondering how this will affect basements all over town. Any stories?

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