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Malloy Cautions Shoreline About Flooding, Closes State Park Campgrounds

A truck bypassed barriers blocking off a section of Water Street in Norwalk as tidal surges flooded the street during a previous storm.
A truck bypassed barriers blocking off a section of Water Street in Norwalk as tidal surges flooded the street during a previous storm. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch, File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — As Tropical Storm Hermine continues to steam up the East Coast, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is cautioning shoreline residents about possible flooding, especially those in low-lying, flood-prone areas.

Tropical Storm Warnings have also been issued for the Connecticut coastline in advance of Hermine.

In addition, all Connecticut state park campgrounds will close at noon Sunday, Sept. 4, due to the anticipated stormy weather conditions.

In addition, Malloy will partially activate the state Emergency Operations Center in Hartford beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday.

"After assessing the current forecast with emergency management officials, I have decided to partially activate the state Emergency Operations Center on Sunday evening to monitor conditions across the state. This will also allow us to better coordinate any assistance to our municipalities that may be necessary," Malloy said.

"If you live in a low-lying, flood prone area, please stay alert to changing weather conditions, especially during high tide cycles over the next few days."

Campers at state parks will receive full refunds for the nights they are not able to use their reservations. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will direct Reserve America to issue refunds to campers who had reservations for Sunday night.

Additional refunds will be made to those campers who have reservations beyond Sunday night at Hammonasset Beach State Park and Rocky Neck State Park, which will both open later in the week. Monday marks the end of camping season for all other state park campgrounds.

The 11 state park campgrounds, which provide more than 1,400 campsites, include:

  • Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison
  • Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme
  • Black Rock State Park, Watertown
  • Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent
  • Housatonic Meadows State Park, Sharon
  • Kettletown State Park, Southbury
  • Hopeville Pond State Park, Sprague
  • American Legion State Forest, Barkhamsted
  • Mount Misery State Campground, Voluntown
  • Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Pomfret
  • Lake Waramaug State Park, New Preston
Connecticut is expected to see an impact from the storm beginning Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

A significant storm surge with moderate to major coastal flooding is possible starting with high tides on Sunday. Flooding may occur in low-lying areas and along coastal roadways.

Hazardous seas with dangerously rough surf and a life-threatening rip current are possible. Beach erosion may occur.

Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts, is expected.

Strong winds could cause damage to roofs, porches, and awnings. Trees could snap or be uprooted. Power outages should be expected.

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