Governor Dannel Malloy says he is very familiar with the stretch of Route 7 in Kent currently shut down because of flooding and an ice jam on the Housatonic River. He says the flooding is not unusual, the duration and extent of the issue is what's unusual.
Malloy says this portion of the river is more difficult to handle because it's more narrow at that point. It's more adversely impacted because of the rapid drop in temperature. The flood water froze in place, which makes the situation unusual.
Malloy says the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is on the scene and standing by. He notes that they are keeping a closer eye on the issue today because of the snow storm.