Live updates: Connecticut recovers from Ida

Friday, Sept. 3 7:45 a.m.

The death toll from Ida in the northeast has risen to 46 people killed across five states, the Associated Press reported. The deaths include 23 people in New Jersey, many who were killed when their vehicles became flooded by rising waters.

Among those killed was Connecticut State Police Sgt. Brian Mohl, whose vehicle was swept away by the Pomperaug River in Woodbury early Thursday.

Friday, Sept. 3, 7:30 a.m.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority said it expects to have fully-restored service on the New Haven line Friday. Trains will run on an enhanced weekend schedule, the agency said in a statement.

“Our crews have made extraordinary progress over the last 24 hours in extremely difficult conditions following unprecedented rainfall throughout the region,” Catherine Rinaldi, President of MTA Metro-North Railroad, said in a statement “Thanks to their work through the night and day we are able to restore train service on the Harlem and New Haven lines, and they continue to work tirelessly so we can restore full service as soon as possible. I cannot thank our crew members enough for the heroic work they have been doing and will continue to do.”

The Harlem line has not been fully restored and MTA officials said service on the Hudson line remains suspended.

The New Canaan and Danbury branch lines still require clean up work, according to the MTA, while bus service for the Waterbury branch will resume Friday.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m.

Some parts of Connecticut were slammed with almost 7 inches of rainfall Wednesday night, according to recent weather reports.

Seymour in New Haven County saw 8.7 inches — the largest reported amount Wednesday night, according to Gary Lessor, the chief meteorologist at Western Connecticut State University.

Lessor said the state hasn’t seen so much rain since Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Fairfield County saw as little as 3.9 inches in Ridgefield and as much as 6.9 inches in Stamford. In New Haven County, rainfall ranged from almost 4.4 inches in Branford to 6.5 inches in Milford to Seymour’s 8.7 inches. Middlesex County had almost 7 inches in Middletown and 3.7 inches in Moodus, Lessor said.

New London County saw the highest rainfall overall as a county, with Ucasville reporting the largest rainfall for the area at 8.58 inches, Lessor said.

Though there were no tornadoes in Connecticut, there were seven in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, including New Jersey.

In that regard, “We were definitely lucky,” Lessor said.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 4 p.m.

A 26-year veteran of the Connecticut State Police was pronounced dead early Thursday after he was found in a river inundated by remnants of Hurricane Ida, officials announced.

This is the 25th death in the line of duty for the Connecticut State Police, according to Colonel Stavros Mellekas.

Officials said they will not be releasing the name of the sergeant as some family members have not yet been notified.

The senior sergeant was working a midnight shift with Troop L. The sergeant sent an emergency call to the troop around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, saying his car was in swift water and he was in distress, Mellekas said.

“That was the last they heard of him,” Mellekas said.

Police, fire departments, dive teams other first responders came to the scene around 4 a.m., according to Mellekas.

Officers in a helicopter found the sergeant’s vehicle submerged in a river near Jack’s Bridge Road in Woodbury.

The sergeant was found about an hour later in the river. He was transported via a Lifestar helicopter to Yale New Haven Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Thursday Sept. 2, 3 p.m.

Gov. Ned Lamont declared a state of emergency late Thursday morning after Ida flooded the state Wednesday night.

Danbury Mayor Joe Cavo is also considering declaring a state of emergency for the city.

“We had a tremendous amount of rain in Danbury over a short period of time onto already full reservoirs, full lakes, full streams and little rivers,” he said. “That amount of rain has to go somewhere. It spills over. It spilled onto the roadways.”

The flooding closed seven roads Thursday morning, the city said on Facebook. At least two main roads remained closed as of 1:30 p.m.

Water from a pond near the Glen Apartments flowed into the roadway and some of the buildings, too, forcing some residents to evacuate, said Matt Cassavechia, the city’s emergency management director. Around 1 or 2 a.m. — at the height of the heavy rain — firefighters went door-to-door to evacuate residents and make sure everyone was safe, he said.

Many of the residents stayed elsewhere, but at least 20 people were moved to the War Memorial, where the city had already set up a shelter, he said.

The Connecticut State Police received 621 calls for service between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 .m. Thursday.

Bridgeport dispatch alone received more than 200 calls for service during the storm Wednesday night, according to the city’s Director of Communications Rowena White.

Most of the calls were related to flooding and vehicles stuck on the roads. Some 60 streets had “extensive flooding conditions,” White added.

First responders were able to perform 20 water rescues and help with stranded cars submerged in water at 45 locations, White said.

The storm also resulted in numerous downed tree branches. Coupled with the high flood waters, the storm wreaked havoc throughout the city and its parks. The city’s Public Facilities department is cleaning up Thursday to ensure everything is in good shape Friday for Labor Day weekend, White said.

Residents and business owners should document and report any damages that may have occurred from the storm to their insurance companies, as well as photos and estimates, White said.

Residents and businesses in Bridgeport with uninsured damage or loss from the storm should call the Emergency Operations Center at 203-579-3829. The phone line will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Bridgeport residents and business owners can also report damages by clicking here.

The deadline to report uninsured damages to the EOC is Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Danbury residents and business owners are encouraged to fill out this form to report damages.

Filling out the form does not guarantee residents will be reimbursed, Cavo said.

These damage reports will be used in the hopes of possible financial reimbursement from FEMA, White said.

Thursday Sept. 2, 11 a.m.

RegalCare, a nursing home on King Street in Greenwich, was evacuated during the storm, police said. There were no problems with the transportation, according to police.

Thursday Sept. 2, 9:45 a.m.

Flooding continues to impact I-95 in New York near the Connecticut border.

Flooding has been reported on the north and south bound sides just after Exit 18b in White Plains. Stop and go traffic has been reported along the southbound side into the city.

A Connecticut DOT spokesman said flooding reported overnight on I-95 in Bridgeport was cleared. No major issues remain on Connecticut's highways, only secondary roads, the spokesman said.

Thursday Sept. 2, 9:45 a.m.

In Danbury, a section of Newtown Road in Danbury is closed, with an estimated three to four feet of water across four lanes of traffic. Police have blocked off the road from Taco Bell to Walmart.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 9:30 a.m.

In New Milford, a pool of water two feet deep at its center has closed part of Route 7 near the Big Y grocery store. The flooding appeared to have impacted a nearby service station as well.

River Road, which follows the eastern bank of the Housatonic River, has been closed all the way up to the Gaylordsville village in New Milford, according to Mike Boucher, highway foreman for the town. In multiple spots the rain has washed out the raod, he said.

He estimated clearing tree damage would take a few days, while repairing gravel roads could take a week.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 8:55 a.m.

In Stamford, police Sgt. William Garay said the city is still dealing with the fallout of Thursday night’s storm.

“There’s a ton of cars underwater that we’re still looking to get towed,” he said.

The areas around East Main Street, Newfield Avenue, Rocky Rapids Road and Farms Road were particularly hard hit. The latter three roads remain closed due to flooding, Garay said.

In addition to flooding, Garay said the department has also been responding to reports of trees downed by heavy winds Thursday night.

Stamford has 631 reported power outages, which is the fourth most reported outages in Eversource’s coverage area, behind Monroe, Redding and Killingsworth, as of 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 8:16 a.m.

More than 30 closures have been reported along state roads, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, many for roadway flooding.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 7:51 a.m.

New York transportation authorities are still reporting stop and go traffic along I-95 South in Rye, just over the state line, where flooding has caused delays. Several disabled vehicles and motor vehicle accidents have also been reported along I-95 south.

Connecticut traffic cams show cars backed up to the north of Stamford as far as Darien, with lighter traffic to the south before the New York border.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 7:40 a.m.

The University of Connecticut said its Stamford campus will be closed Thursday due to travel difficulties in the area.

“All online classes will be held as scheduled, and employees telecommuting due to COVID-19 should work as normal,” Stephanie Reitz, a UConn spokeswoman, said.

The university’s other campuses are following their normal schedule, and UConn facilities did not experience any significant water damage or flooding, said Reitz.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 7:20 a.m.

Danbury schools were closed Thursday morning due to the storm’s impact on the area. Thousands were without power in the Danbury area and some local streets were without power. Redding led the area with power outages as of 7:30 a.m. with 965, while Ridgefield had 554 and Southbury had 445.

“Urban and small stream flooding will continue for several hours after the rain tapers off,” the city said in a statement. “If you absolutely have to travel this morning you may experience numerous detours causing traffic disruption. Walking or driving through flood waters is extremely dangerous.”.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 7:08 a.m.

In New Milford, power outages and flooding have closed schools, the Northville Volunteer Fire Department said on Facebook. Flooding has also closed Danbury Road between Peagler Hill Road and Sunny Valley Road.

“Please consider taking today to stay inside, flooding conditions are still evolving and getting worse,” the post said.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 7 a.m.

In Harwinton, Leadmine Brook road is closed due to flooding at the Leadmine Brook bridge.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 5:33 a.m.

Southbound traffic is backed up as far north as Stamford, according to CT traffic cams.

Southbound traffic is backed up as far north as Stamford, according to CT traffic cams.

Connecticut Department of Transportation

In Bridgewater, flooding trapped at least one person in their home. Video showed flood waters surging around the home overnight.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 5:33 a.m.

MTA officials are asking New Yorkers not to attempt to travel until further notice after at least six subway trains that became stuck by rising waters were evacuated.

In a statement, acting MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said it had been a “historic and challenging night” for the region.

“Our concern is for those who were in trains stuck after up to six inches of rain fell within hours, and top priority is working with first responders to safely evacuate everyone from the system,” Lieber said. “New Yorkers should not attempt to travel until further notice.”

Lieber said the transit service will be deploying pumps and sending workers out when safe to do so in order to restore service.

As of a little after midnight, Metro-North Railroad had suspended all trains on all its lines, citing safety reasons due to rising waters. The MTA is providing some limited bus and subway service, while trains on the Long Island Rail Road shut down after trains reached their final destinations.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 5:20 a.m.

Statewide outages stand at over 19,000 early Thursday morning.

Eversource, the state’s largest electrical supplier, reported 17,253 customers out around the state. United Illuminating reported 2,483 customers out in its service area comprising parts of lower Fairfield and New Haven counties.

In Norwalk, 1,189 were reported to be without power, according to Eversource. In Monroe, there were 935 outages reported — nearly 12 percent of Eversource’s customers in the town.

Killingworth, Redding and Torrington each reported outages totaling over 700 as of early Thursday morning.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 12:58 a.m.

More than 15,000 power outages have been reported as of 12:58 a.m. Eversource, which supplies power to most of the state, had more than 14,100 customers without power, with more than 1,000 outages in Ridgefield, Bristol and East Haddam.

United Illuminating, which provides power to parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties, reported more than 1,600 outages, the bulk of which were in Trumbull and North Haven.

For live outage updates, go to our tracker.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 12:55 a.m.

Towns and cities in southwestern Connecticut were reporting numerous flooded roads as a powerful band of weather swept through the area around 11 p.m.

A video on social media showed feet of standing water on I-95 in Bridgeport. Hamden officials said a tree fell on Route 15 and it was shutdown between exits 60 to 71.

Norwalk has several streets closed because of flooding. Bridgeport emergency offcials are reporting vehicles in water in a several of locations across the city.

Fairfield police put out an urgent message on Twitter saying: “FLOODING: Numerous flooded streets. Do not attempt to cross water covered roadways. Remain home and off roads if possible.”

The National Weather Service’s New York office, responsible for forecasting across much of southern Connecticut, has warned residents to avoid flooded areas.

“We are seeing way too many reports of water rescues and stranded motorists. Do not drive through flooded roadways. You do not know how deep the water is and it is too dangerous. Turn Around Don't Drown.”

Thursday, Sept. 2, 12:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for along the coastline until 6 a.m. They are urging people to stay off the roads.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 11:19 p.m.

Issues are being reported with 911 in Fairfield County. Greenwich police have asked residents to call the department directly at 203-622-8001.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 11:15 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties until 12:30 p.m. The National Weather service warns that a line of storms could bring wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 10:52 p.m.

Amid deteriorating conditions, Metro-North has suspended all train service along the New Haven Line. Metro-North said it would update the situation when more information was available.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 10:41 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties until 11:15 p.m. The National Weather service warns that a line of storms could bring wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 10:38 p.m.

Some towns in southwestern Connecticut are reporting dangerous conditions along roadways as rain and wind picks up.

In Darien, town police tweeted: “The Darien Police Department is reporting “zero visibility” driving conditions and flooding situations in several locations. NON-EMERGENCY travel is highly discouraged! Stay home and stay safe. DO NOT drive through flooded areas!”

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 10:20 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood emergency for Fairfield and New Haven counties until 12:30 a.m.

“This is a PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. SEEK HIGHER GROUND NOW! Life threatening flash flooding of low water crossings, small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses,” the alert from NWS read.

The warning from NWS, one of the strongest possible when flood conditions are present, has seldom been issued in the past.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 10:15 p.m.

More than 4,600 power outages have been reported as of 10:15 p.m. Eversource, which supplies power to most of the state, had more than 3,100 customers without power, mostly in southwestern Connecticut.

United Illuminating, which provides power to parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties, reported more than 1,500 outages, the bulk of which were in Trumbull.

For live outage updates, go to our tracker.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 10 p.m.

Harwinton in Litchfield County has experienced about 4.25 inches of rainfall so far as of 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Boston.

Multiple downed trees are causing delays for the Harlem and New Haven lines, as well as the New Canaan Branch service, MTA’s Metro-North Railroad announced via Twitter Wednesday night.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 9:30 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southern Fairfield County until 10:30 p.m Wednesday, the National Weather Service said in its 9:25 p.m. update.

A severe thunderstorm was spotted moving northeast, bringing 60 mph wind gusts. Residents should expect trees and power lines to get damaged, the weather service said.

These thunderstorms will hit Greenwich around 10 and move eastward, reaching Fairfield and Westport around 10:30 p.m., the weather service said.

As of 9:37 p.m., Eversource reported 1,250 outages. There were 227 outages reported in Redding, 206 in Weston, 146 in Southbury and 124 in Stamford.

United Illuminating reported 1,282 outages as of 9:38 p.m. Most of these — 1,068 — were reported in Trumbull. There were also 113 outages in Bridgeport.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 9 p.m.

The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warning for Fairfield County to midnight.

As of 8:59 p.m. Wednesday, 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain had already fallen in the area, and “flash flooding is already occurring,” the weather service said.

Meteorologists expect 1 to 2 additional inches of rainfall are possible.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 8:45 p.m.

Eversource reported 382 power outages — 171 of which were in Weston and 64 in New Milford — as of 8:37 p.m.

United Illuminating reported 43 power outages around 8:30 p.m. All but one of the outages were in West Haven.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 8:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for west central Tolland County, as well as Hartford, Litchfield and Fairfield counties.

The flash flood warning in Fairfield County is in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday, while the warning in Litchfield County goes until 11:45 p.m.

The flash flood warning in Hartford and Tolland counties is in effect until 2 a.m. Thursday.

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, up to 1.5 inches of rain has already fallen in Hartford and Tolland counties. Litchfield County and the surrounding area had between 1 and 2 inches of rainfall, and Fairfield County had between 0.5 and 1 inch of rain, according to the weather service.

Torrential rain in southern New York is expected to move toward northern Connecticut, bringing up to an additional 4 inches to Hartford and Tolland counties, the weather service said.

Litchfield should expect between 1 and 3 more inches of rainfall, and Fairfield County can expect up to 2 inches of extra rainfall, the National Weather Service said.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 8 p.m.

As Post-Tropical Cyclone Ida approaches, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties. The watch is in effect until 1 a.m.

There have been reports of up to 2.5 inches of rainfall in parts of northern Connecticut, while the coast has seen under 1 inch, according to the Milford Fire Department.

The Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company said it has extra emergency medical personnel on staff to help with the fallout from tonight’s weather.

The Connecticut State Police warned residents to stay safe. Police recommend drivers reduce their driving speeds, illuminate car headlights and avoid driving vehicles through standing water.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, and New London counties. The watch is in effect until 1 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 5:30 p.m.

The state could experience heavy rain and flash flooding Wednesday into early Thursday as remnants of Post-Tropical Cyclone Ida extended into the region, the National Weather Service’s New York office said.

A flash flood watch went into effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday for the entire state. It expires at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Ida first made landfall near the Louisiana coast on Sunday as a hurricane. The storm slammed the Louisiana region, and on Wednesday morning, the track of the storm showed it moving northeast near Tennessee. By 5 p.m., the storm was near Pennsylvania and Maryland, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Ida is slated to bring thunderstorms, gusty winds and about 3 to 6 inches of rainfall to Connecticut. The rain could fall at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour at times, the weather service said in a 4:53 p.m. forecast.

The most rainfall is expected to come during the evening — potentially bringing 3 to 4 inches in some areas — according to the weather service.

Meteorologists with the weather service are also forecasting major flooding on the Yantic River near Norwich and moderate flooding on the Farmington River near Simsbury.

There is also a low risk for a tornado tonight, the weather service said.

Sacred Heart University in Fairfield recommended that its students not travel Wednesday night unless they “absolutely have to,” the university said in a tweet Wednesday.

The rainfall should begin to taper off Thursday morning into the early afternoon.