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Flooding closes roads, prompts evacuations in Upper Valley area

  • Jeff Katchen, a member of the Cornish Rescue Squad, moves a cone at the intersection of Route 12A and Town House Road on Saturday in Cornish. Route 12A was closed due to flooding. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Jennifer HauckLaurie Hatch and her son Brayden, 8, of North Hartland, look out across the Connecticut River in Windsor on Saturday. Ice dams had built up along the river, causing flooding. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Jennifer Hauck

  • Gregg Oberg, of Norwood, Mass., left, plays Heads Up! with friends Ashley Hixson, also of Norwood, Rabi Fiotto, of Cambridge Mass., Jade Fiotto, also of Cambridge, and Chris Windle, of Boston, on Saturday at the 12 Percent Solution Store in Cornish. The group, 10 in total, are old friends who had rented a house for the weekend. They were evacuated because of flooding on Route 12A in Cornish. Along with the Fiotto’s two dogs, they were waiting the day out at the store. They had not been allowed to drive their own cars out. Valley News photographs — Jennifer Hauck

  • Leo Maslan, a member of Cornish Fire and Rescue, monitors the water level on Route 12A on Saturday in Cornish. The road was closed because of flooding. Jennifer Hauck / Valley News



Valley News Staff Writer
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Windsor — Officials have closed roads in Newport, Windsor and Cornish today in response to flooding associated with the January thaw that began with Friday night’s rainfall.

Emergency dispatchers used social media to ask motorists along Route 12A to find alternate routes to avoid flooded areas, while police and fire department responders set up roadblocks and asked residents in a handful of homes to evacuate.

As rising water levels from a small stream that connects the Connecticut River to Lake Runnemede inundated the parking lot of a retail plaza along Route 5 in Windsor, the Price Chopper there made an early afternoon decision to temporarily close its doors.

By the mid-afternoon, police and fire officials said water levels appeared to be stable or receding, but they expressed wariness about the possibility of a major ice jam breaking and creating a surge of water.

Posted Saturday at 4:10 p.m. Find a full report in the Sunday Valley News. Matt Hongoltz-Hetling can be reached at mhonghet@vnews.com or 603-727-3211.