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Henri hurls rain as system settles atop swamped Northeast

Henri's path move to the East reduced the impact to the Greater Danbury area.  Redding had one large outage spot, about 70 homes in the Simpaug area, due to falling limbs. Waterlogged trees and branches are potential hazards even without wind so residents were urged to take care if outside under the trees.  The remaining large outage this morning is in New Milford, due to downed tree limbs.

After coming ashore, the storm veered west, dumping massive amounts of rain on Connecticut and New York’s Hudson River Valley, which caused some flooding. 

Due to forecasted high river flows with Henri, New Milford officials said Lake Lillinonah was lowered over the weekend, to three and a half feet below normal low operating level. Eversource is reporting the most outages remaining in the Greater Danbury area are in New Milford. 

Henri was downgraded to a tropical depression as it churned deeper inland, settling for awhile near the New York-Connecticut border.  The tropical depression appears to be lingering in the Northeast, raising the prospect it will bring sustained rains and cause major flooding inland. The National Weather Service says Henri could drop an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain today.

Meanwhile, given the significant rainfall that occurred and is still expected, many areas across the state have experienced discharges of untreated sewage. The state Departments of Energy and Environmental Protection and Public Health are advising against direct contact with surface water in areas in close proximity to drainage pipes statewide over the next 72 hours in Connecticut's streams and rivers.  Residents are advised not to swim, fish, or utilize paddlecraft in these areas.  

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