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Heavy rain, freezing temperatures cause problems in Greater Danbury area towns

The heavy rains from yesterday resulted in the river overflowing onto Route 25 in Monroe. Despite efforts by the state DOT to put down sand, First Selectman Ken Kellogg says crews were unable to keep the road safe for travel because the water iced up. 

A temporary detour was put in place for the morning commute using Old Newtown Road.  Monroe Police put on extra officers to assist with traffic.  Kellogg called it a very frustrating situation, and plans to have further meetings with DOT on the issue. 

New Milford Mayor Pete Bass is keeping an eye on flood conditions along the Housatonic River in the Gaylordsville section of town.  At 5 o'clock this morning, the river was at 7.4 feet, while flood stage is 8 feet.  It's not expected to get below flood stage until after 7pm tomorrow.   The flood warning continues until late tomorrow night. 

At flood stage, water reaches the New Milford Foundry area and Young's Field Road. 

The unusually heavy rain also caused ponding and flooding in many low areas in Bethel, in yards and on roadways.  Town officials say the problem was made worse by the fact that the ground is frozen in most areas, which prevents the rain runoff from being absorbed as it normally would. 

The rain also caused flooding around Danbury, which prompted some road closures.  There were issues reported on Main Street in the area of Elmwood Park as well as around the Mall.

With the cold temperatures back in the forecast, officials cautioned drivers to watch for black ice on roadways.

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Todd Schnitt

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