Flooding prompts street closure, technical rescues in Kent

KENT — Flooding in Kent has led to the closure of at least one stretch of road and several technical rescues Saturday.

Friday’s rain caused flooding issues across Fairfield County which continued Saturday. Reports began around noon in Kent of residents trapped or stranded from flooding around their homes.

The Kent Fire Department had to complete a technical rescue a minute before noon after a person was reportedly trapped from ice causing a dam backup and flooding near their house on Johnson Road.

Just minutes after 3 p.m., State Representative Brian Ohler — who represents the 64th district — said Route 7 was closed in both directions about half a mile south of the center of Kent because of flooding.

“A massive ice jam is preventing the Housatonic River from flowing its original course,” Ohler said on Twitter. “Emergency crews are on scene.”

Around 3:20 p.m., the Kent Fire Department was reportedly a part of additional technical rescues — this time of three people stranded because of flood water around their houses on South Main Street.

And roughly 40 miles away in Monroe, police departments are keeping an eye on the Stevenson Dam. The National Weather Service has a site devoted to monitoring the flow of the Housatonic River at the Stevenson Dam.

At 2:30 p.m. Saturday — the last time a measurement was recorded by the NWS — the Housatonic at the dam was recorded to be 10.91 feet deep. The site said flood stage goes into effect at 11 feet.

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